any group of people whose beliefs, values, styles, and attitudes differ from that of the prevailing culture. Counter-culture began with the hippie movement back in the late 60's and 70's. In today's society, counter-culture is most often seen in the alternative subcultures.
The gothic, punk, emo, skater, raver subcultures are all examples of present-day counter-cultures.
A misleading term coined by the music industry and MTV to trick gullible, angsty teenagers into a false sense of rebellion, either against "mainstream" music scenes, society, or at least their parents.
Counter-cultures can range from obscure and "underground" (also another industry trick word) to being popular and mainstream.
When a counter-culture becomes mainstream (such as grunge
in the 90's and most recently, emo
), it is still marketed as being against the mainstream although music acts of that genre might be flying off the charts. Of course this leads to the more elitist counter-culturists who follow a counter-culture just to impress their friends by following obscure, unpopular and/or cult-favorite music acts.
Common examples of counter-cultures (both mainstream and underground):
Punk(that includes you "hardcore" punk types. Don't give me any "but I'm a TRUE Punk because I hate Avril and pop-punk" bullshittery)
Any other offshoot of Punk or Metal in general.
Let me be to the point here:
You're not unique.
You're not profound.
You're not original.
You're a sheep that follows a smaller herd. That's all. I'm not any better but at least I realise it instead of being arrogant to people about my music preferences.
a counter culture is not a culture that is different from the main culture. its not emo, ska, hippie. those are called sub culture. COUNTER CULTURE is a culture that opposes the main culture and the main culture opposes it. this would include gangs, kkk, skinheads, etc.. By studying countercultures we can see what flaws we have in real culture.
Drug dealers choose to live in a counter-culture because that is what they know.
is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day,
counterculture activities- smoking pot, have 2 wifes, protesting a war, being black and being a republican, question the materialist interpretation of the American Dream, making Politically-incorrect jokes (ex making fun of jews), being gay and or doing gay stuff,
watching porn........thats perfectly Americans
The bacteria that starts to grow in the kitchen when the dishes have not been done for several weeks. Predominant also in the form of specks on bowls or coffee mugs which have not been cleaned to certain standards.
We have named our counter-culture "Speckenstein" and we will train him to do our bidding, which will include washing the dishes.
the opposite of whatever you're thinking.
the fact that this word is defined in such a clever manner is 'counter-culture'
An imaginary state of being. While many social groups define themselves as "counterculture" the only truly counterculture people are geeks
, etc. The only true way to be counterculture is to smile kindly and sincerely at everyone and dress appropriately for the situation.
Fake counterculture guy: I love Black Flag. I have a mohawk.
Real counterculture guy: I love opera. I wear clothes that fit.