And I don't know GodOriginally short for Emotive Hardcore, a sub-genre of Hardcore Punk originating in the early '80s and developing into a Pop-Punk/Alternative Rock movement generally referred to purely as "Emo" in the 90s. Notable for distancing itself from the anti-authority, anarchic aggression of standard Punk Rock, "Emotive Hardcore" sought to express a more varied, emotionally-aware, contemplative and introspective range of ideas via the stripped down, DIY punk mentality. Particularly in the 90s and onwards, this philosophy turned itself to expressions of heart-on-sleeve feelings, often pertaining to unrequited love, feelings of insecurity, and alienation. The Turn of the Millennium also saw the term take on a quite different meaning, with the emergence of 'Emo pop' bands such as My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy, and an associated loose subculture that has since become archetypal of the decade. The emo fanbase came to be known as "Emo Kids", or just "Emos". Due to the nature of the music, young people of a similar disposition and attitude were attracted to the Scene, and the idea of "being emo" took on a personality of its own, reflecting the nature of the music. "Emo" thus came to suggest an individual (usually young) of a uniquely sensitive, introspective, insecure, "deep", and often melancholic disposition; usually a social misfit with low self-esteem and a bent towards the artistic/literary, prone to taking issues more seriously and personally than considered "normal". Emo has since undergone considerable Flanderization, and has become a victim of Cowboy Bebop at His Computer, particularly since the mid 2000s when the term began to be used (often erroneously) by the mainstream and uninformed media. As a result, "emo" has become a catch-all for a generic and ill-defined mish-mash of alternative, music-related youth cultures and scenes with little in common with the original term. Currently, "emo" is often seen as an insincere, superficial affectation of attention-seeking teenagers. In this usage, it oxymoronically refers to a youngster who in fact displays a fairly narrow range of emotion, all of it negative and most of it Wangsty. Many depictions of these so-called "emos" also have them fascinated by issues such as self-harming and suicide, not necessarily because they are suffering from any of the genuine problems or issues regarding depression or such that often drive people to such acts, but out of a misplaced and slightly worrying fascination with the 'glamour' supposedly inherent within these acts. As a result, the standard, modern stereotype of an Emo is that of a self-pitying poseur; someone who adopts a superficial facade exploiting genuine problems and painful issues in order to appear cool, trendy, and to belong to the sub-culture. Still, while "emo" has erroneously become a catch-all term to describe general teenage self-absorption in the mind of the mass-public, it does not inherently entail "affected behaviour" "posing", or "attention-seeking". This assumption is a largely modern construct caused by the mass commercialization of the term during the mid 2000s and the scores of teens who DO affect such behaviour in order to appear "emo" for fashion purposes. Due to this mass misappropriation, "emo" will frequently be used this way and attracts considerable (and in the cases outlined in the above paragraph, understandable) derision. "Emo" may, however, also be used as its original descriptor when pertaining to both music-based subcultures and personality; to refer to an often shy, sensitive individual who displays a higher level of introspection, self-reflection/absorption, angst (be it Wangst or justified angst), or other such introverted, emotional traits than is considered standard in their situation. Even in genuine, non-affected cases, these traits may invite derision as the emotional and mental concerns of others are frequently treated with intolerance. What constitutes a genuine "reason" to angst or over-think is highly subjective (YMMV); one persons genuine angst is another's Wangst. Nevertheless, some people are just naturally inclined to angst, over-think, be withdrawn but over-sensitive, etc. Ultimately these are three possible characterizations for an "Emo (Kid)":
And I don't anyone
And I don't know God
And I don't know if anything at all will be all right
I've got my hands on the one hand,
but I don't know where to put them.
— The Promise Ring "Nothing Feels Good"