Emo online

networks of sociality/networks of exclusion

Authors

  • Rosemary Overell University of Melbourne

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v11i2.141

Keywords:

emo, internet, moral panics, music, new media, subcultural studies

Abstract

This article examines Australian emo subcultural practices and new media technologies. I use subcultural studies to analyse whether emo is, indeed, a subculture. I respond to framings of emo as an ‘Other’ (sub)culture, in mainstream Australian media and Australian alternative music scenes. I interrogate whether, as dominant media claims, emo subculturalists’ internet usage inevitably leads to ‘social alienation’. First, I present a case study of a mediatized moral panic concerning the so called ‘emo suicides’ of Jodie Gater and Stephanie Gestier in 2007. Media reports positioned emo adherents as non-normative ‘dark’ users of new technologies, particularly the internet. I counter this representation with a textual analysis of emo micro media, in the form of MySpace homepages, which demonstrate emo sociality online. However, in my final section I look at how such sociality is limited by gate-keeping practices mobilizing discourses of subcultural capital.

Author Biography

Rosemary Overell, University of Melbourne

Rosemary Overell is currently in the second year of her PhD research. Her thesis concerns mascu- linities and transnationality in grindcore music scenes in Melbourne and Osaka.

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Published

2011-02-27

How to Cite

Overell, R. (2011). Emo online: networks of sociality/networks of exclusion. Perfect Beat, 11(2), 141–162. https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v11i2.141

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