If at any point I am called a failure, a problem or blocked from President Toupee Fiasco, I know I’m doing my job right.
To repeat, all of the mistakes and atrocities of the past 3 months in America are pointless and there are plenty of articles across this internet for that. I can personally attest to that: I’ve been traveling since January, focusing on Blockchain science and how it can support our economy. But with every return trip, I hear another necessary branch of our government is losing funding. Another atrocity played against women & minorities. And another reason for me to look back into the days without social filters. And this knowledge hit me the hardest while reading the latest Trade Paperback of Deadly Class on a flight: We’re living in the 80’s again.
If you aren’t familiar with the series, it’s a graphic novel about a high school of assassins in training that takes place during the rawest time of the 80s. Punk rock is going hard, rap was just starting to make its relevance, new drugs were coating the streets, broken subcultures were finding common ground and taking a stance during the Reagan era. It was filthy, angry, hard to survive and the troubles of these times were hidden under the lack of exposure in media. Where there were Madonna albums and John Hughes movies to represent the shiny, commercial coating of suburban life, there was a layer of rebellion against the commercialism. There was a scene that was pulsating, heaving and thriving as they fought against fake facts and lies like Reaganomics(which we never recovered from) and even his own popularity.
If you were to list the issues that were the most major at the time, it doesn’t look that different:
A hollywood celebrity turned Republican candidate successfully being elected president?: Check
The administration causing paranoia among citizens in regards to our relationships to Russia going south? Check
The dangers of global warming in a battle to be debunked by the current administration? Check
The struggles and oppressions of the gay community in their battles to gain equal rights? Check
Police brutality and civil rights issues escalating to be a major issue that bleeds into our pop culture and music? Check
So, when I say we are returning to this time, I don’t just mean the fashion. I’m talking about the spirit. It was bleak, it was hard, but this molded us into something different. The “Peace/Love Hippie” movement didn’t feel progress. And the next generation grew harsh and angry. Where Rap grew its aggression and punk rock found its ferocity was from being called “lower class waste of space” and it was also where we found our solitude and our place to belong. A mosh pit and a get down were only blocks apart. Society would label them as hives of scum and villainy, but they were the one place were a youth could find unrestricted relief and peace of mind from authority. A forum to speak what you want and a scene made for you.
Present day, we are lucky to have the internet, but we also must respect that it can’t be taken for granted. Liking a Twitter rant by Chris Evans isn’t the same as going to a Town Hall meeting to discuss changes within your community. The Hipster was a subculture that expanded from the ability to explore during a time of peace and economic growth. While I’ve admittedly fallen into this category in the past, it’s been common knowledge for the past couple years that it’s time to move on to something that isn’t as characteristically passive.
And while I’ve always been a voice on FanBros.com to comfort others during hard times, it’s absolutely time for more than just that. This site, it’s hosts, editors and writers have never been docile. That’s not how you get anything done and we will present that towards not only those who oppose us and our audience, but to our overall fanbase. The world is much bigger than it was in the 80s and that is terrifying to people who lack the knowledge, patience or empathy to understand. And we’re always here to inspire those to find ways to fight(one of my favorite examples is of our own Tatiana posting info in regards to keeping track of new Bills being presented in Congress and making sure we act on them). But, we now live in an era where you have so many more ways to create your own voice and you can build your own strategy/punk scene/rap scene/voice against oppression. Let’s not repeat every step of that generation.
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