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Lithium Musings: Part One

No idea what I'm trying to do with this, we'll just have to see as I go. Anyway...

When I was just starting middle school, my best friend at the time, Laura, and I both had subscriptions to the magazine Seventeen. I almost definitely wouldn't have been reading it if it weren't for her. Laura was much more mature in many ways because she had a sister who was just finishing up high school at that point. And let me just say, she was not the academic type, if you know what I mean. At that age, Seventeen really had very little interesting for me. Laura and I eventually split also; we're stil friendly, but we really have a terrible time truly clicking. No hatred, just no great friendship. Anyway, for several years, I went without a girly magazine subscription. It was the first time in my life when I really starting choosing who I wanted to be, and I began with a subscription to Star Wars Insider. After RotS came out, however, the magazine tanked and I had little real use for it. But it was around this time that I started really getting interested a little more in fashion, makeup, and other girly magazine stuff. I was in the orthodontists office one day when I picked up a CosmoGirl because it had Sophia Bush on the cover and I love her. Any way, I pulled out the annoying little "get a subscription" cards and noticed how cheap it was, so I said what the hey.
Anyway, I'm now an avid reader of CG, as we call it. Its very nice to have a happy, non-college thing to look for in the mail. I find it to be a great mix of fun, practical, and serious stuff. I'm able to take a look at the designer, runway, outrageous fashion world, but more of the magazine is focused on realistic looks and affordable ways to do stuff. The magazine encourages health, environmentalism, political activism, female safety (I think you know what I mean), and general awareness of the greater world, without feeling oppressive. I like that there's a magazine that can show me cute jeans, a great lip gloss, healthy snack ideas, love stories, horoscopes, how to stay safe on Myspace, and profiles of political candidates all in one issue.
So, in every issue, besides the afformentioned make a better world/self articles, there is usually a very serious feature article. Last months was about the inappropriate conduct of celebrities and how that affects the people who look up to them. Sounds like a no-brainer, but the article was well done. Another was about people being abducted and whatnot while on vacation. So, anyway, I'm finally getting to the point of this whole shindig....
I just got my September CosmoGirl last night, and as I was paging through it this morning I noticed this months version of that particular article. I got very interested, because its topic wasn't quite so obvious as the other topics. Certainly, I knew what they were talking about, but I'd never really thought about it THAT way. This article got me thinking a lot about some things I'd already been thinking about a bit to begin with. So I thought I'd share the article with you, and my thoughts, in a different font color. Later on, I will ideally (but maybe not) make some other posts about where my mind has been wandering after that. Hope you enjoy, its a pretty interesting article.

   The Dark Ages
By Marina Khidekel

Today's culture glamorizes depression like never before. It even seems liek having problems is the new way to stand out. CG! investigates why it's become so hip to be sad. 

Please put the doctor on the phone 'cause I'm not making any sense/
Blame everyone but me for this mess/
And my back has been breaking from this heavy heart...

You probably recognize these lyrics from Fall Out Boy's "I've Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Your Mouth (Summer Song)," on their double-platinum selling album, From Under The Cork Tree. Actually I don't know that song, but I did allude to the album's title in a very emo piece of fiction I wrote, more out of my general knowledge of the band. They smack of some pretty major self-pity. But judging from the popularity of FOB and other emo bands with similarly dark and omotional lyrics -- Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday, to name two more -- the angsty mood of today's pop music has struck a chord with millions of you. It used to be that emo--which gets its name from a type of '80s punk music dubbed "emotional hard-core"-- was justa small music subculture. But now emo music has become the battle cry of average American kid living in suburbia. Emo is now mainstream; it's officially cool to be miserable. 
Music tends to be the ultimate reflection of a generation: Baby boomers worshipped the antiwar lyrics of Bob Dylan and the Greateful Dead in the '60s, and in the early '90s, grunge music defined many youn peple who felt directionless. In the same way, emo now represents the realities of what it's liek to be a teenager today. Sin the mid-'90s, there has been a significant increase in the the number of teen diagnosed with depression nthe use of antidepressant to treat it -- the latter is a very touchy subject and one that I'm pleased to say Everwood handled. I'm generally pretty unhappy with the idea of putting young people on antidepressants. doctorv isits for depression by kids and teen more than doubled from 1995 to 2002. 
Even if you're not being treated for depression, ton sof you vent your problems on Web communities like MySpace and Livejournal -- about 4 million people ages 12-17 have a blog. Yay for Livejournal! I do think that people my age have a lot to gain from blogging or otherwise expressing themselves on the Internet It really does give me a sense of identity. And in the world of celebrities, problems that would have been carefully guarded in the past are now almost flaunted. The most troubled celebs get the most media attention, catapulting them to A-list status. Lindsay Lohan's drug and alcohol addiction and Nicole Richie's rumored eating disorder are what earn them regular tabloid coverage. And British singer Amy Whinehouse's confessional "Rehab" became a hit as soon as it hit the airwaves. It's as if an entire genreation have been taken over by angst. "I'd rather have a dark, moody friends than bubly ones," says Lizz, 14, from Southamption, Pennsylvania. "Emo has gotten so big because hopeless teens found something we can relate to." 

Okay, I think I'm done for now....Hopefully to be continued....


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