August 24, 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I'm John G filling in for Brittany Strummer this week (she's busy finishing her book of "Yo momma" jokes) and I'll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week:

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Here's your question and answer of the week from the Punknews Formspring:

Q: care to comment on the jadedness of punknews community and the punk community in general?

A:This is a great question. I think the idea that punk rockers are now more jaded or cynical than before is sort of a false proposition. Certainly, if you go to any punk rock website, you see a bunch of people that all they do is talk about how much they hate something or how much something is stupid.

Critical analysis is one thing, but simply being a "hater" is another. I’m aware that punknews has sort of a reputation for being a hotbed of haters or trolls, but really, I think that’s overstated. If you go to other music or pop culture websites, there are far worst trolls than we have at punknews. Also, the people seem to be far more jaded at other punk rock websites.

But, compare this to real life. I go to my fair share if gigs and the people there don’t seem jaded at all. Pretty much every gig I go to, the majority of people are there to have a good time, enjoy the music, socialize, and maybe learn about some new bands.

So, really, I think the idea that modern punk kids are jaded is overstated. Rather, I think that a small subset of people have always been jaded, or more accurately, just miserable people, and so they find the internet as way to exert that negativity without having to have the courage to say anything to someone in real life. I’d even wager that the trolls and jaded people on punk rock websites don’t even go tot hat many gigs.

So, if you actually go to gigs, people don’t seem that jaded in real life. The internet just makes it easier for that small minority of people who are jaded or unhappy to express their message and make the message seem to represent a larger subset of people than it actually does.

Really, in person, most people seem to be pretty damn excited about music.

-John G

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