Thursday, March 31, 2011

Surface Vertigo III: Trends

For the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about the topic of "cool" as it relates to my particular stage of life. Sometimes I feel as though I could write an entire book on the subject, at least theoretically, to promote the understatement that new ideas and revolutions take place when iconoclaustic, outcasted individuals find meaning in something they don't see or find in society, and instead make it a reality that goes on to surpass society at the point of inception- but then I realize that by trying to explain the entirety of "cool" in an attempt such as this, thinking I would actually make it cool, somehow seems to make it uncool. Lame.

I don't think of these changes as finding the "next big thing"necessarily, but instead finding the next big stage of cultural and historic change that would not happen unless people were willing to let their voices be heard. I read a book about change a couple days ago, that many people know as "Who Moved My Cheese", and I found it to be pretty simplistic. Basically this book summarized the notion of change as being something that is a) bestowed on you like a gift, because someone else knows more about what you need than you ever will, and b) it will either cause us to break down emotionally, only speaking about how life is unfair, or instead go along for the "ride", as a sort of brainwashed one-track mindedness to achieve an everchanging stability, but only on the surface. I guess that relates back to the "lead, follow, get outta the way" idea, and has virtually nothing to do with the notion of cool. Cool is... something that we apply to something to explain why its desirable, but at the same time its this unattainable yet attained persona that allows someone to set the trends, ideas, and actions that change our cultures- you can't predict it (not really at least), and you can't create a formula that will achieve exactly what you want. It doesn't work like that.

I read this article (see link below) that really plugs into the essence of the rising trends and consistant failings of hipsterism, as well as the social implications of society changing ideas. I love the quote, "There is that hope which springs eternal in the human breast. Sleeping with the windows open. Sleeping by the river. Wildness that can absorb all dull shrillness and help take off the steel of skeleton costumes." Awseome.

Check it out if you have a minute.