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"elitists" rant [Jan. 13th, 2006|01:42 am]
Ska Or Not?
I never thought something related to ska would bother me so much.

It's 1:45 AM and I'm on livejournal, looking for a good laugh, basically. I browse over these communities sometimes in the wakes of my insomnia because, on occasion, they're interesting. For amusement purposes, I stumbled over "howrudeareyou" or whatever that community is.

I'm literally appalled.

A little group of kids that say hey I know what I'm talking about! Okay. So you shun others. What's the use in that? isn't ska ABOUT mixing it up? Isn't ska FUSION itself? Yeah. I thought so. Soo they have their little elitist group that says "Hey I'm into ska and I can kick you out of my LIVE JOURNAL community!"

Because they're just that cool.

Does it make them feel better knowing that they've been accepted onto an online community, not only that, but one popular with teenagers? JUNIOR HIGH children at that. I admit, I'm only 18. I'm not the wisest of the wise. But doesn't it seem a little lame that they've created a community on livejournal just to show off?

"If you act like a sixteen year old, you can't join"
OH! and what do sixteen year olds do? They make clubs and cliques and tell other people "you're not good enough!" Wait. No, that was when we were in preschool, and the girls and boys wouldn't play together because they had cooties. And Calvin and Hobbes, with the Get Rid Of Slimy girlS club. Because I really want to be a part of your "I'm-so-rude-I'm-on-livejournal-and-I'm-cooler-than-you" club. group. community. Whatever.

Did they experience it? no. I doubt it. Most people with the ability and interest in live journal aren't much older than sixteen. That's barely alive enough for the third-wave. These are the kids that probably sat up all night and googled "ska history" and figured it out, and probably all listened to Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake and still do, except they google "two-tone-ska" and paste all the band names they can find under their favorite bands.

Ska isn't about calling yourself a skinhead or a rude boy or a rude girl or what not. Ska isn't about which Wave you're into. It's true, it's about the unity, it's about the acceptance and fight for identity. Just because it's changed doesn't make it less "ska." It's not about the labels. It's about the music and the time and consideration that's been put into it. It's about the lifestyle behind it, and dancing. The best part of ska is DANCING. SKANKNIG. And yeah. I can skank. I can dance and I can swing.

So what, they want an application of my favorite bands and how old I am and what I look like and what my favorite RECORD LABELS are. What, I can't just like the music and be interested in the subculture behind it, I have to send a picture in to be judged by what I look like, oh no what if I look too preppy or too emo or too gangster. Because Y'kno, if I have a sweater and a scarf on, I can't like ska. Of course not. Because my CLOTHING is what my MUSIC is.

Those kids may know words abouut the history of ska. But they're not anything. Stupid livejournal communities telling people they're not ska enough.
I've never seen anything so pathetic.

So for a late introduction, My name is annie I'm almost 18, I hail from the suburbs of D.C. and I love ska and I love dancing and I love music in general, including jazz, swing/big band, punk and some local music. I stand strong in my beliefs, and I like to make my opinion known.
Okay. Ask if you want to know more.

"I don't need a music scene to tell me who I am" (Catch-22)

[User Picture]From: lassiavas_lanta
2006-01-14 06:29 pm (UTC)
I actually read that whole entry, which I rarely do if it's a long one...and I only have one thing to say:


That was the EXACT gripe I had with all of the ska communities. They're all elitist like that. And when I tried to suggest that ska was about unity, I was immediately shot down.

Thank you!!
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[User Picture]From: unodose
2007-07-12 08:16 pm (UTC)
Right on sister! I'm 32 and been into ska since I was a 12 year old kid, and it sucks, but some shit never changes. It will ALWAYS be like this as long as people attach a scene to the music. Ska is music, that's that. Some times people just have to be exclusive to make themselves feel important and like they belong to something. It's bullshit. Be yourself and listen to whatever you want.
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