Okay....how should I start this? Today's north american culture is something that I am very familiar with....I began disliking this culture only 2 months ago, thanks to my realization of the beauty and wonder and heavenly gift known as classical music(from the baroque to the modern era). Today, as I watched the MTV movie awards, I felt even more revolted towards north american culture than iw as before; everything that is popular is overrated; there is no more "quality" behind our entertainment. Rather, what used to be odd, unaccepted, and plain stupid has become popular. Actually, stupidity is how i can define north american culture; blunt, pointless things that degrades our culture slowly, but surely. Let's start with a big example: Fall out Boy. This pop rock (I would not even call it punk) band emerged with a nerd look that made teeny bops mad with their simple, common tunes. Very much like a premature high school student, this band earns attention by looking extremely nerdy, and in turn, receives affection. All of a sudden, the emo nerd look is "in" because nerds are usually the underdogs in highschools, and teens found it cool to give themselves the imagie of the underdog, in order to "separate" themselves from the mainstream and the popular cliques, when really, they're fitting "in" with the mainstream. What also ticks me off is the war rebellion that stills seems to happen eversince the 1960's. Many people began criticizing the government and the authorities when they have no idea what the government controls, how it functions, or the positive things the government has brough us. Everything seems to be pessimistic. Criticism is received with screaming applaus. The meaner comedians are, the more teens love them. Especially comedians who make racist/homosexual/pop culture jokes. Take the MTV video awards for example. The hostess, Sarah Silverman announced Paris hilton will be going to jail shortly, and everybody applauds. Paris Hilton was amongst the audiences and looked infuriated. Silverman then proceeded to make a crack about how her prison bars will probably be painted like male genitals as part of "special treatment". I'm not sure who found that funny, but I did not. Teens today are still trying to differentiate themselves from society by acting rebelious, when really, they're acting like clones because every other pop-culture-obssessed teen wants to be famous, or unique. I'd say us classical music lovers are the biggest rebels. It's sad how theyre are only a handful of us...whenever I listen to some Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, I feel so grateful for their music, and I pity all of my classmates who do barely recognize the value and magic of classical music. I'd say out of my highschool's population of 1200 students, only 10-20 like classical music.
The only part of North American culture I DO like, however, is the film/television show industry(Hollywood) and the fashion. Other than those two industries, the rest is trash. I'd like to hear your views on this culture.