19 Mar

We’re going to take a look at a few documentaries that examine different subcultures:
Dungeons and Dragons:
Possibly related to sneakers:
Chain Camera:

Student Films:
Gleeks by Katya Kahl
Muslim Girls by Zineb and Nilufa

I encourage you to watch any/all of these and look for others on vimeo. As you watch them, think about what defines + distinguishes these subcultures as distinct communities, and consider how successfully these documentaries depict those communities. Record these notes in your google doc notebook.

By the end of class:
Post a comment on this post reflecting on any or all of the films you watched today, and include any ideas you have at this point about what subculture you might want to document for your final project. Look at this list of subcultures on Wikipedia to generate some ideas. I encourage you to respond to each other’s comments with helpful suggestions/questions.

Examples we discussed earlier include: punk, riot grrrl, goth, hardcore, hip-hop, skateboarding, graffiti, gaming, straight-edge, sneakerheads, k-pop, bronies, otaku, fandom, etc. Additionally: ethnic (Dominican, Chinese, etc), deaf, and other subcultures that aren’t specifically youth oriented.


10 Responses to “SIXTEEN / SUBCULTURES!”

  1. joannah15 March 20, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    After watching the Furry documentary I thought the characters they made were not unlike Original Characters, also known as OCs. OCs are often found in fandoms and art subcultures. They are characters made by people and can be inserted into other people’s work in the way of art, fanfiction or other mediums. The only difference is being animal like and dressing up as them.

  2. mcastillo62 March 20, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    The Gaming video was really explanatory in the sense that it showed what game development is like each and everyday. I really enjoyed the way they cut in between interviews and made it so that it was not only one long clip for the interviews. Also, the transitions are smooth and make sense! Good flick overall.

  3. esmerlind2 March 20, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    The films describes the way of life of the people in the subculture. For example the man that painted his own shoes, he says tht he loves to what he does and that you don’t need to have fancy equipment all you need is your bare hands.

  4. raekwonp7 March 20, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    The films showed what different people do on a daily bases that are somehow related to a certain type of subculture group. It was fascinating to see so many different subcultures that I didn’t even know about.

  5. marcs30 March 20, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    These videos are very inspiring because it gives you a thought of how these people only care about what they think.

  6. lissas3 March 20, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    We found the lolita subculture very interesting. We thought that the way in which they found an alternative way to express themselves was very brave and interesting. They didn’t care what others thought of them and truly expressed themselves for who they were and what they believed in. We thought this was inspiring and very interesting.-Gabi Cohn and Lissa Sangree-Calabrese

  7. eliasv2 March 20, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    The subcultures on the videos are mostly things that we don’t see everyday, or any day. The Lolitas for example wear really expensive things that is unusual to wear because its like doll clothes.

  8. nickychase22 March 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    One thing I noticed about the American Juggalo video was the presence of the idea of “family.” So many times did various people mention that they felt like a family, but it took a while for me to understand why. The reason so many people compared it to family was because they acted the way they felt was necessary to express themselves and everyone around them was able to accept their differences. People find their communities because of the acceptance they find.

  9. nxsa March 20, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    I think the Lolita subculture is crazy because I know i’m not the only one who thinks thats a crazy thing to be wearing outside in public when it should be more at like a comic con. And each outfit costs more than or about $500 so i think its an outrageous amount of money especially if thats your entire wardbrobe.

    • olgal6 March 21, 2014 at 6:59 am #

      I also believe its crazy that grown women/men are wearing japanese doll-like outfits outside .I do think the costumes seem cool but not for everyday. I’m curious to know more about the Lolita subculture.

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