What Is An Emo?

Well, it’s a little heated, but I talked about the emo phenomenon with friends recently and it made me want to make a post. The question that everyone is asking is “but who are these teenagers that we meet in the street in band, dressed strangely and who seem to carry the misery of the world on their shoulders? “Emos” or “Emo kids” as they are called in the US

Explanation in a few points.
At the base, the term “emo” comes from the word “emotion” and corresponds to a very particular style of music. The word was born in the 80s with the appearance of groups like Fugazi. But today’s emo music has little to do with that of 20 years ago. My Chemical Romance, The Used, AFI

For those who consider themselves “real” rockers, the calling “emo” is an insult. The Emos cry instead of yelling in their mikes, telling their painful love stories … In short, music “girls”. These groups have the main failing to address in their songs a taboo subject … their emotions. Horror and damnation!

But being emo is above all an attitude and a style. The attitude first: often teenagers not very optimistic, who like to see things in black, feel misunderstood by their parents and hate this shit society. In short, teenagers

The look then. Be careful, there, it spoils. Because the Emos are strong: piercings (after all, they listen to rock), their hair dyed black (there are sometimes some pink, red or green locks) and the wick that prevents them from seeing.

The make-up also: boys as girls are followers of eyeliner and khol. Black, always. T-shirts are very tight, often striped (black and red, black and green, black and yellow … you need black what), a hoodie, sneakers (Converses or others) and most importantly, Apanache of the average Emo: the slim.


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You will understand that the Emo can easily be confused with the fan of Tecktonik 

You have to follow very specific dress codes, and especially have a wallet enough to take care of his very elaborate haircut (hair, everything is in the hair!). Well, I do not care, but if I was 16 years old today I would probably be emo.

Short! But why does she talk to us about the Emos? Well, they’re being beaten! You may have heard about anti-emo attacks in Mexico a few weeks ago. Yann Barthes had made a subject about this story in the Petit Journal.

The facts: late in March, young people attacked Emos in the streets of Queretaro, Mexico. They beat them and filmed the scene. Friendly. If some people say that they are fans of punk and metal (“real” rockers) who have attacked them because of their musical tastes, the videos clearly show that this is not the case. They are more young people clean on them who blame the Emos for their sexual orientations (many emos declare themselves homo or bi). In short, homophobic violence against the “emosexuals”. Not cool.

Such attacks have also taken place in other Mexican cities, but also in Chile, where the Emos call themselves PokEMOnes. The Emos try hard to defend themselves by organizing demonstrations against the violence that is made to them. Gerard Way, the leader of My Chemical Romance, spoke on these events last month at a concert in Mexico, demanding that this “fucking violence” cease. Wow. With such strong sentences, I predict an end of the anti-emo attacks incessantly shortly.

So What The Heck Is A Geek Anyway


A geek is someone who spends his time being “sociable” on a computer. This can mean discussing on irc or icb, playing network, being a pillar of alt.sex.bondage.particle.physics, or even programming sharewares. Someone who uses a computer only for professional reasons but does not spend his free time “on line” is not a geek. Most geeks are technically adept and have a great love for computers, but not all of them are programming magicians. Some know just enough Unix to read their emails and upload their favorite MUDs.

Geeks are usually excluded from the “normal” American society. The degrees of “geekism” are varied: gamers, ravers, science fiction fans, punks, perverts, programmers, nerds, budding geniuses. These people do not go to the festivals of their universities and many would feel insulted if they were supposed to have wanted to go there. Geeks prefer the company of other geeks, in a self-proclaimed madness. So they go on the net organizing parties, food and drink contests as well as video nights, and be sure that their comrades prefer to talk about superheroes as modern mythology rather than the latest football results.


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The geeks constitute their own hyper-informed and literate underground society. The community accepts people of all origins as long as they have access to the Internet and the capabilities to use them. Geeks have a rather open mind about out-of-the-ordinary lifestyles. Many geeks are effeminate and moreover are not monogamous and neo-paganism is the most common religion. We can not recognize a geek by looking at him because he does not have any dress codes, some dress because it is necessary and others prefer silk, may be interfered in the current fashion; You are more likely to see a geek in revival corsage rather than with a glamorous magazine dress or wearing a tie-dye instead of a shirt and tie.

The unwritten principles of the geek claim that originality and strangeness are good, and that blind compliance and stupidity are unforgivable.

Be very careful not to confuse the terms geek and nerd. A nerd does not have a social level, is usually obsessed with science or technology (the geek is rather an IT specialist). Nerds are known for their pocket protectors, custom sunglasses and checkered shirts. Many nerds are also geeks, using the net as a protective screen as they develop their social skills. Although they are rarely seen at geek meetings they feel a little concerned about them.

Geek is also declared as a verb. “Geeker” consists of connecting to the network and reading mail, news, chatting and anything that can spend time in front of a keyboard. This “geekage” (or this “geekation”) lasts several hours, even though the basic intention was “I just connect to see my e-mail”. Some would say that this wasted time would be better used by being sociable or enjoying a ray of sunshine.

There was even a special race of geeks known as b-geeks, coming from the computer ucscb.ucsc.edu where they met. However, many of these b-geeks have evolved, and more have failed, and ucscb has declined in the ucsc system. Now scattered all over the computer, they always meet in electronic forums and do lots of fun things. They are now called scruz-geeks and you can learn more about them on the web