Sunday, 8 November 2015

where's da youth culture?¿ + other stuff

" Youth culture is the way adolescents live, and the norms, values, and practices they share. Culture is the shared symbolic systems, and processes of maintaining and transforming those systems. Youth culture differs from the culture of older generations. "  - Google.

So that's the google definition of youth culture. I can understand what it is but it sucks that I can't actually apply it to reality. Yes, I look around when I go out and I can distinguish between the youngsters and the oldies - but there is no sense of youth culture. What's everyone doing these days??? ...what am I doing these days??? I can listen to the cool jams and shop in the same shops as others, but when it comes to creating a group identity of shared culture between us young people, the strings aren't there to attach. A while ago I was having a chat with my friends on the bus and we were trying to pin point why this is the case. My friend said "my mum told me that when she was younger you could just go to the park to make friends" - now you're lucky if your friends even want to go the park to hang out. 

There are certain characteristics that young people have that can somewhat group us together. But they're mostly built on stereotypes and all we can do about that is challenge them or try to break away from them. That doesn't always work and in a way just creates more expectations and predictions. What is the future for us if we're not developing a path for ourselves? 

To be honest, I think it's because we're (unfortunately) the generation that was born with technology. I guess you could say that our youth culture is technology. But that's not exactly a way of life because we're so engrossed in what is happening on a screen half the time. We're kinda the anti-social-social generation. That's kinda cool in a futuristic way, if you don't think about the fact that it's damaging our health. 
We look at our phones and our computers for too long? - eye problems in the future.
Our journeys are measured by the number of songs we hear in our headphones? - ear problems in the future. We're still so young. I don't want to be the generation known for health deficiencies. I want be part of the generation that flees from the suffocation of technology and creates a youth culture that's fun and actually counts and interacts with society. 


The pictures are from Friday night when me and a couple of friends went to the Tate Britain for one of their series of events they call "Late at Tate" where there is a mix of music, workshops, talks, special guests and DJs, live performance and debate. All for free may I add. The one we went to was called "BODY" and it was so much fun and we've already prepared to go to the next one called "CELEBRITY" in December!
Look at us being all cultured, ha!

Songs I have been listening to recently:
  • Money - Pink Floyd
  • Ridin Round - Kali Uchis - SHE HAS A NEW VIDEO OMGGG
  • Good To You - Kali Uchis
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Friedrichshain

Quite a different selection, but they all quench my desire somehow! What's your opinion on this whole youth culture thing? Comment below if you'd like! <3 


  1. looks fun! I agree with you on many points-- I think we have given up many small group experiences in favor of the communal/international (mostly digital) experiences which the internet has brought. This has benefits I am sure but nonetheless hahah


    1. Yeah! I like the way u put that as well x

  2. It's weird technology allows all these social interactions we never would have had before but it also for me kinda replaces having friends I see in person v. much?

    1. ahh yeah I agree. It's like we've eliminated face to face interactions so we can socialise online but it's not the same... x

  3. Money- the song from the drama sequence! yay! and this post speaks so much truth xx

  4. Late at the Tate looks so fun, I'm so jealous!

  5. Ahh I didn't know Kali Uchis had a new video! *runs to youtube*
    Love the photos the Tate, haven't been there in ages, I always go to Tate Modern


    This Kid Is Alright

    1. hahah that was me tbh. Thank you v much. I prefer the Tate Modern because I had a bad GCSE art trip experience at the Tate Britain but it actually really surprised me! x How do you like the video???

  6. i totally agree with you on this one. next year, i'm going to try my hardest to really go OUT. one of my goals is to actually go to tate modern/britain instead of just look at their website and wish



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