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The identities that represent counterculture in America have permuted through different personas since the Lost Generation of the 1920s, but the term "counterculture" wasn't coined until the 1960s. Especially after the Kinsey Reports in 1948 and 1953, the counterculture is generally represented by an interest in drugs, sex/relationships, civil rights, and music. The personas of counterculture are generally influenced by different media and media venues--some of which have become timeless, while others were relative to a period and include: Delta blues and Appalachian music; Radio City Music Hall; The New School in Greenwich Village; vaudeville; literature (ex, books, novels, novellas, poems, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets); off-Broadway shows; jazz halls or theatre; film festivals (ex, Cannes Film Festival); The "Beat Hotel" in Paris; improv or comedy clubs (ex, The Hungry i, The Second City, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, The Improv); The Cow Palace, The Fillmore, The Whisky a Go Go, and the currently defunct Hammersmith Palais, CBGB, and City Gardens; the Acid Tests of the Merry Pranksters that began in Soquel; rock concerts (ex, Monterey Pop, Woodstock, Altamont, Isle of Wight); The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal; and eventually talk radio and the internet.
The counterculture began with writers and musicians of the Lost Generation in the 1920s, which eventually intersected with the mainstream through icons like John Wayne, Clark Gable, Orson Welles, Mae West, and Humphrey Bogart in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s; Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. The first counterculture identity was beatnik in the 1950s; followed by yippies and hippies in the 1960s; Deadheads in the 1970s; freaks and geeks in the 1980s; hipsters in the 1990s; and some hodge podge of hipsters, conspiracy theorists, libertarians, bloggers, and Millennials since the year 2000.
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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.
by Kimberly1000 April 14, 2006
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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)
Raver music
Nu Metal
Gangsta Rap
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.
by Louis Mama February 01, 2005
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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.
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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

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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.
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