Punk is not a paradigm

Punk is not a paradigm - Matt Deis Mr. McNerney ETS 142 15...

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Matt Deis Mr. McNerney ETS 142 15 March 2010 Punk Is Not a Paradigm Since the beginning of punk rock music, which is a debatable topic all in itself, there has always been an intense amount of attention paid to the idea of “selling out” and the importance of fashion. All of the ideas and values that the punk rock scene has based itself upon are defined by the very purpose of its creation. Anarchy, rebellion, anti-capitalism, and non-conformity are just a few of the most popular staples within the scene that are driven into the heads of angst filled teenagers looking for another reason not to do their homework. When a punk is accused of losing those values within themselves, they are told they can no longer consider themselves a “true punk” and they become an example of weakness and betrayal to the rest of the scene. Group a “standard” punk in with any other ten people and one can almost guarantee that the punk is the easiest to identify. The punk rock scene has coincided their values with standardized signifiers that have grown to become part of a paradigm that can be easily created, but has proven to be much harder to actually live by. In the film “SLC Punk!,” a rebellious punk rocker by the name of Stevo, played by Matthew Lillard, begins to realize that his blue hair and combat boots were never necessary for him to be considered a punk and that it takes more than a mohawk to make a real difference in the world. Growing up in the nothingness of Salt Lake City, Utah in 1985 with divorced parents and a failing government, Stevo and his best friend Heroin Bob did not need to look too far for a reason to rebel. The hardcore punk scene had already been well established by 1985 and had 1,926
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stretched its influence all across the nation. In the beginning of the film, Stevo, who had just recently graduated from college, and his friend Heroin Bob are still holed up in Salt Lake City searching for a way to get out without selling out. The first scene of the film is set in Stevo and Heroin Bob’s room which appears to be on an upper level of an abandoned building. By simply walking through their living space their lifestyle and values are clearly visible by literally reading the writing on the walls. The first image shows a shelf in the corner of the room which is littered with opened Chinese food cartons, empty beer cans, and cans of Spaghettios piled on top of what appears to be a record player. There is a black and red anarchist symbol spray painted on the wall behind a print out of Ronald Reagan which is scotch taped to the side of the metal shelf. As the rest of the room is revealed to the viewer, an image of Ronald Reagan’s face with a swastika on
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