Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Pedagogy of Narcissistic Smarm

To involve my students in my lecture on Hebdige's "Subculture: The Meaning of Style" I asked them to provide some examples of contemporary youth subcultures, and how those subcultures might be engaging in the sort of semiotic rebellion that Hebdige suggests is the interesting potential of subculture. They named the emo, goth, and indy scenes as contemporary subcultures.

My favorite part: during the wrap-up I referred to the "emo-goth continuum" as being made up of "various distillates of crude punk." Clever, right?

Yep, that's what keeps me teaching, folks. The opportunity to say clever things in front of a captive audience.

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