I gagged on my granola this morning when I turned to page C7 of today’s New York TimesArts section and saw this: A photo of the band
Survivor taken sometime around those transitional fashion years of the late 1970s.
Transitions can be many things and sometimes they appear silly.
Silliness, of course, is more than a fashion issue although it is hard to look at this picture and see anything other than fashion issues.
Look at this picture. Only glance at it. You get it. But let’s flesh out what this might mean a bit beyond its strange fashion sense.
America was on the eve of the so-called Conservative Revolution of the 1980s, and that kind of silly isn’t the fun stuff kids enjoy. Change circa 1980 was bad, a bad turn that haunts us yet today. Bringing in conservatives, silliness, and a sort of cultural semiotics is how…
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