"Gothic" The new crave for teens
by: Alan Tenney






Introduction
One Day Me and a lady friend were driving to Taco Bell. A friend of mine who is know gothic had been telling me of these underground parties called Raves. Well as we entered the parking lot. We noticed all these teenager dressed in black and drinking. There was loud music some of the girls were topless, is was really freaky looking. I immediately new what is was. Later that week Fox 11 did a special report on these parties and the people that held them. This was the first time I had ever heard the word Gothic used on T.V. Even latter than that TLC did a special on the same group. Most recently Fox did a report on Gothic music. So I started to say to my self why is this becoming so popular. I have know about the community for a long time. I have many friends who are Goth. I know why most kids attracted to the community and I also know that once in can be lead into serious trouble. So this paper is for awareness and under standing purposes on why is gothic the new crave for teens.
Goth is actually much more than the sum of its parts, and, depending on who you ask, you can get a very different answers. It is more than just a label or description for our modern day white teens. Goth is a lifestyle and a philosophy that has a strong historical past and the present.
Goth as a lifestyle is a strong drive towards creativity and expression threw art, music and other things that are dark and frightening. This is the part of the lifestyle that scares people, butall it really is is the parts of the world people don't wish to see. Self-expression and creation can be anything from a mode of dress to novels or music. Imagination and originality have always been key elements in Goth.
As a lifestyle, Goth is as diversified as its adherents. There really is no true order or dress code for being goth. Not all Goths are depressed, wear black, or listen to the same music This is what makes spotting a "Real" goth really hard. So how does a person identify a real Goth if they are all so different? Well one of Goth's defining thing is that they take things dark and bring it into the light such as Edgar Allen Poe who took sadness and brought it to life using poetry. If you really want to understand Goth then we have to check were it came from.
History
Goth is a subculture that has appeared, then died, and then came back again in many societies. It has always consisted of teenagers, who were rebelling again. The adult world is restrictive, set up in a cast structure, and when it comes to different forms of thought is not very tolerant. So as you can imagine Goth is a counter culture and all the restrictions are off. There was a two periods in time in which this culture was accepted one being Italian Renaissance the other being_____________.
Goth, as we know it, comes from Western Europe and North America during the late seventies and

early eighties. By this time the rules changed and the rebellion was a little different. They did not except

the new values of the adult world and were trying to express there views. The class system was playing

also equal role. Both the upper and lower class's were trying to rebel. This was the regrowth of the

subculture based on the traditions, philosophies, and schools of thought such as were popular in

Byronic England, World War Two Germany, and American Beat.

They first called themselves the New Romantics, then they settled on Gothic. Goth split into two groups, one Appolonian and the other Dionysan, by 1981. Each group mixed with fear, fascination and hate for the adults materialistic ways. The Appolonian group were concerned with the artistic and philosophical facts of Goth which is more like the original. They were obsessed with the creation and the appreciation of literature, art and music. The Dionysan group took hold of the self-destructive facts of the movement. Some of