Monday, May 14

The Many Deaths of Punk

"Hard-coded into punk’s DNA is a contradiction worthy of Hegel: A desire to impact the mainstream combined with a disavowal of anything that achieves success. It’s a perfect formula for self-destruction. This core tension has prevented punk from achieving its highest ideals, and has caused the movement to die out several times over. Both Hegel and Fichte could appreciate this self-defeating, 'thesis versus antithesis' dynamic. On the one hand, since the 1970s, punk has optimistically aspired to influence the direction of culture – not just underground subculture, but the actual direction of culture at large. At its most aspirational, punk has indeed wanted to change the world. But embedded within this aspiration is a self-destruct button. ..."

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