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Just emotional people "? Emo culture and the anxieties of disclosure"

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posted on 2023-05-26, 10:35 authored by Phillipov, M
In an article in the Sunday Tasmanian shortly after the deaths of Melbourne teenagers Jodie Gater and Stephanie Gestier in 2007, Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents and Friends Federation president Bill Button claimed: Parents are concerned because all of a sudden their child, if they have access to a computer, can turn into an Emo‚ÄövÑvp (qtd. in Vowles 1). For a few months in 2007, the dangers of emo and computer use were significant themes in Australian newspaper coverage. Emo, an abbreviation of the terms emocore‚ÄövÑvp or emotional hardcore‚ÄövÑvp, is a melodic subgenre of punk rock music, characterised by emotional‚ÄövÑvp or personal themes. Its followers, who adopt a look that includes black stovepipe jeans, dyed black hair and side-parted long fringes, might merely have been one of the many tribes‚ÄövÑvp (Bennett 605) that characterise contemporary youth culture. However, over an approximately five-month period in 2007, the deaths of three teenagers in two separate incidents‚ÄövÑvÆthe murder Carly Ryan in February and the suicides of Jodie Gater and Stephanie Gestier in April‚ÄövÑvÆwere linked to the emo subculture and to the social networking site MySpace, both of which were presented as dangerous and worrying developments in contemporary youth culture.


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M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture



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