This is a site I still check from time to time, because he once had some interesting long-form discussions of past cultural trends (see especially the categories “cocooning” and “over-parenting”). These days it’s all about creeping on lesbians and Leftist Twitter girls — yeah, I know, lots of overlap on those Venn diagrams — but I still occasionally learn stuff. For instance, there’s a thing called “dark academia.” Wikipedia says:
Dark academia is a TikTok and Tumblr aesthetic and subculture
[n.b. “Tumblr” appears a social media site that caters exclusively to Borderlines, while “TikTok” is its dumber, autistic cousin].
centered around higher education, writing/poetry, the arts, and classic Greek and Gothic architecture. The subculture is associated with ancient art, classic literature, and mythology. The increased popularity of dark academia has been credited to the shutdown of schools caused by the COVID-19 pandemic….
What’s that old Internet meme? “Millennial discovers”? In this case, it’s “Millennial discovers English majors.”
The fashion of the 1930s and 1940s features prominently in the dark academia aesthetic, especially clothing items worn by students at Oxbridge, Ivy League schools, and prep schools of that period. Some of the articles of clothing most associated with the aesthetic are cardigans, blazers, dress shirts, plaid skirts, Oxford shoes, and clothing made of houndstooth and tweed, its color palette consisting mainly of black, cold white, beige, brown, dark green, and occasionally navy blue…
Also, “Millennial discovers hipsters.” This “dark academia” thing appears to be just another tedious iteration of those human toothaches, the scenesters. Oxfords-and-cardigans is a better look than pencil mustaches and those stupid longshoreman’s caps, but it’s still the same old same old. The only point of this entry, other than my brief hope that “dark academia” meant “a few intrepid souls in the academy actually acknowledging the results of the human sciences,” is this bit:
Dark academia has been observed to be an affordable aesthetic to cultivate, especially in comparison to cottagecore. One writer noted that while a cottagecore lifestyle requires a home in the country and leisure time for crafting, “the simple act of putting on a blazer and reading Dostoevsky is far more doable.”
So instead of pretending to be 19th century housewives, minus the dysentery and seventeen hours of backbreaking labor per day, kids into “dark academia” pretend to be English majors, minus nothing.
The thing I hate most about Generation Selfie is their utter pointlessness. Look, kids: I’ve sat around in my share of blazers, pretending to read my share of heavy existential novels. The difference is, I was doing it to get laid. It didn’t work too often, but that’s beside the point. You turds can’t even manage anything so gauche as acknowledging your soy-enfeebled libidos. Display-for-display’s-sake, that’s all y’all do….
Or, as the Internet might’ve put it a few years ago, Millennial discovers the Decadents. With the caveats that A Rebours was at least somewhat interesting for the first fifty pages, Wilde made some genuinely funny cracks, Aubrey Beardsley’s art is at least distinctive, and oh yeah, even those fags actually did stuff. But other than that…
Can we get a do-over on this entire stupid century?Loading Likes...