reply to post by mythos
well, you make some fine points, and yes i do believe this has a lot to do with music and the hip-hop lifestyle. and while this thread isn't quite
about music, it has a lot to do with it.
As you all know, the quality of popular music has turned into a *snip* of crap being crammed into our ears. Why is such music popular? Well, because
people pay for you to hear it. And then the masses are like "well, this is popular, so i guess it must be cool", regardless of quality or "energy" put
into the music. Sort of the TRL mindset, if you must. Killing, sex, violence, and most of all...money. These concepts are drilled into our heads
repeatedly, whether we want to hear it or not, but it appeals to this "animalistic" side of people that everyone has within them, you know when you
can't help but read the headlines of gossip journalism, when you're waiting in line to get your groceries bagged. I'm not going to go into why people
love sex and violence, but to put it simply, there are much more important matters at hand that the "mainstream" wants us to ignore. And it's so, so
easy to distract us, with our ADD-themed news broadcasts that make it hip and cool to be "informed" about something for a month(coughkony2012cough),
until the next juicy story comes out. Nuclear radiation? Tsunami? That was like, so last week.
So yeah, i agree about the website being a symptom, as opposed to "the disease", and yes dividing of racial cultures is very prevalent and it makes me
wonder when the human race is going to realize we're all just humans, despite cultural differences.
And on a side note, i want to retell an anecdote from my past that to me, was really kind of funny. It may be offensive that i thought it was funny,
but it's just one of those things that i couldn't help but laugh...
It was middle school, lunch time, hectic as usual. We had a table of some really quirky and odd gentlemen, to say the least. We had this one friend,
Will, who was really rather frail and kind of had bad luck you might say. Now during the time, it was really popular to hold out your hand over
someones head, and move it up and down, as in gesturing that you were receiving a BJ
, and while performing such a ritual, you would say "oh
*snip*! oh *snip*". It became such a problem that during the peak of this madness, our guidance counselor got on the auditorium stage while everyone
was eating and addressed the entire school on the microphone that "he knows what it means", doing the gesture to a fellow officers head (maybe without
realizing it? lol). This is when you might say the hip-hop industry was progressing into it's nastiest phase, a time now where I wouldn't even
describe it as "hip-hop" anymore...I don't even know what the *snip* genre should be labeled, nor be *snip* to pay attention to what's popular any
more, but that's not here and there. Back to the story.
So we were sitting, and i don't know what happened, but all the sudden Will was on the ground. A group of kids who were embracing the worldstylehiphop
lifestyle (before the website existed) huddled around him, and we're performing the notorious 'oh expletive' gesture over his head, and afterwards
they took his shoes and ran away laughing. Will was crying, on the lunchroom floor, with no shoes on. I think our table was really the only one who
took notice. The kid was fine, and i'm pretty sure he got his shoes back. Call me sadist, but to this day i still think back on that incident with a