Punk still exists, but its power to shock is long gone
If the queen of punk has left the scene, can we definitely say that punk is dead? Well, not to the many who continue to adhere to its principles. There have been successive waves of punk-style music, from 1980s American hardcore (bands like Black Flag and Dead Kennedys) to 1990s pop punk (outfits like Green Day and Blink 182) and a current wave of aggressive, reciting British rockers led by Idles. . As a style of music and fashion, punk continues to appeal to a particular segment of society for whom standards seem oppressive or inadequate, although it has much competition in this regard from heavy metal, goth and more abrasive and challenging aspects of rap and electronics. the music.
At the same time, punk seems to have turned into a catch-all adjective to describe any attitude that feels arrogant or contrarian. You hear people raving about punk furniture, punk architecture, and straight-faced punk cuisine. There is even a craft beer marketed as Punk IPA.
Punk became so codified that it lost all power to shock, which was in fact its strongest element. Or maybe it is we who have lost our power to be shocked. In the information age where all music and media is instantly available to anyone, anywhere, and anytime, there is arguably no objective dominant culture against which a counter-culture can react.
Streaming encourages individualistic self-preservation, creating a more isolated and, some might say, solipsistic pop culture, where the allure of belonging to exclusive tribes is diminished, and consumers choose and mix freely from an unlimited range. styles and identities. Given the state of the world, one would think that there would be a loud cry for a youth movement to challenge the established order. But in such a pop cultural melee, what could you do to shock anyone today? If a woman dressed as Jordan got on a train now, would anyone blink?