Is There a Difference Between Gothic and Emo Fashion?
Back around the year 2002 to 2012, the term “emo” became really popular in mass media.
The funny thing about any kind of media phenomenon is that you can bet that they will always get it wrong.
They got goth horribly wrong in the 80s, and it’s no surprise that they completely mangled, abused and destroyed what should have been a vibrant and interesting emo movement.
A lot of people are under the impression that emo and gothic are one and the same. After all, the typical emo individual, at least as far as the media is concerned, would wear all black, would be sporting some sort of “weird” or unusual haircut, and tends to be very public regarding their feelings.
The media kind of equated this with everything and anything related to the goth movement. At least as far as the 1980s version of goth was concerned.
They drew a lot of parallels to the black clothing. They drew a lot of parallels to poetry regarding depression, stress, a sense of disconnection and loneliness. They made a big deal out of the fact that a lot of emo people were talking about suicide, and so on and so forth.
In other words, they took what would have been a vibrant, honest, sincere and authentic youth movement aimed at self expression and self discovery into yet another media commodity. I don’t know about you, but this disgusts me. Really.
Basically, what the media does is it would take some sort of trend. And it doesn’t really matter what kind of social, economic or product trend it would be, and they would use it for clickbait.
In other words, it’s all about getting eyeballs. It’s all about getting readership. It’s all about hyping up seemingly negative or scandalous elements to get people to click enough pages so somehow, some way, if they see enough ads, a lot of people would click these ads.
Of course, you know and I know that when ads are clicked, these online media platforms make money. That’s how the game is played.
So in this context, they took emo, which is really a distinct movement from goth, and confused it with goth. Because there are people who can wear bright clothing, who can be very boisterous, happy and positive, but who are still emo.
The essence of emo is really emotional authenticity and sincerity. In other words, the guiding principle of emo is to be yourself and to be the fullest version of yourself. That is an enlightening and encouraging message.
And unfortunately, that was crushed by the media. And not only did it slander the gothic movement, it also dragged down the emo movement. And for what? A few ad clicks here and there. That’s the bottom line.
It really is quite sad, but hey, that’s how the market works. And if you know somebody who’s doing something negative, chances are, they’re doing it because there is some sort of incentive for them to do it.
If we do not want the media to engage in these shenanigans further, we should only do one thing because that one thing would be enough. What is this one thing that we could do? We can stop clicking on ads.
We can stop reading these stories. We can stop being part of the problem. That is the difference between the gothic and emo movements, as well as the gothic and emo fashion.
A lot of the emo dark clothing that is passed off as solely or exclusively emo is actually just the gothic stream of emo. But emo actually has many different flavors. There is western emo, there is ska emo, there is Asian modern emo.
It really is sad because emo, for all intents and purposes, is dead. And the media killed it.