Good music and good literature have a lot in common. Both stir emotions that might be otherwise hard to reach, both can have a strong message, and both also can be timeless.
Examples I'm thinking of..."MTV Get Off The Air" by the Dead Kennedys and "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" by the Clash. Quick google search for either can find the lyrics easily. Anyways, all of the former, and specifically one line of the latter - "You think it's funny, turning rebellion into money".
It's rather amusing watching people who think they're so rebellious buy their entire wardrobe at Hot Topic or a similar store.
a) Spending all your money supporting large chain businesses. Whoo, that's rebellious, lemme tell ya. I'm not going to say I never shop at chain businesses, because it's unavoidable, but c'mon people - Hot Topic is part of the GAP. You don't get much bigger business than that, unless you want to talk Wal*Mart.
b) Most of the things you get there you can either make yourself for cheaper, or find it online(and actually support the bands themselves) for the same price or cheaper. Or hell, find it at a local store for the same price.
c) I had another point I can't really remember at the moment...I think it had to do with the fact that, being part of the GAP, a lot of the clothes at HT are sweatshop made. If I'm remembering right.
The other thing that's been grating on my nerves lately is listening to people going "Oh, yeah man, I totally got a five finger discount on that, I'M SO HARDCORE!!! WAY TO BEAT BACK THE MAN/CORPORATE AMERICA!!!!".
Ahem. Hey, let's think about this for a minute. If the business is losing money, who're they going to take it out on?
The employees, you twit. When you steal things from a store, you're not "stickin' it to the man", you're sticking it to the people. You can tell me again how badass you are when someone trying to support themself or their family gets fired because of shoplifting losses. Maybe it's a single parent with kid(s). Don't you feel oh-so-cool now? For that matter, a lot of the reason some items are priced so high is due to shoplifting. So not only can you not brag about how you're sticking it to the man, you can't complain about how high priced something is after you've shoplifted. What really sickens me is people bragging about stealing from small businesses. That even cuts out the middleman and puts you hurting someone's livelihood much more directly with much more loss to them.
In the future, maybe people could, shock of all shocks, actually think about what they're doing and supporting and the effects of these actions? Please? 'Cause that'd be really nice.
After school(quite a while after school, sevenish) yesterday, Lydia, Casey, and I went to Dioko's and stayed there for probably 30-45 minutes. Until they told us we had to pay the cover charge to stay inside, and we decided that since we had no money it might be a better option to leave. We went to Hastings because they have 25 cent cups of coffee that are actually pretty good(with a lot of creamer/sugar) and chairs. And wandered around looking at music/reading books. I talked to one of the guys that works there(Jake, I think, is his name), who's rather funny and has good taste in music(or as far as I can tell anyways). As we were leaving we ran into Mr. T, who I talked to some and had some neat news. It's nice to run into people randomly. Anyways, after that, we went to Spencer's and visited Jessica, and then home.
I haven't really done anything, productive or otherwise, today. I'm working on a skirt, and I have a shirt to stencil. I might do something with Jessica later. That's really about it. So exciting, eh?