Who are they?
• Goths are found in many countries around the world.
• It began in England during the 1980s in the Gothic rock
• They are one of the subcultures that has survived
longer than others from the same era.
• Apart from the music they listen to, they are also
recognized for their fashion – their style include a
combination of Victorian and punk styles, as well as
dark make up and styled hair.
• They listen to music such as death punk, hard rock, and
• Usually associated with a horror movie image.
Examples of Goths
These are some examples of Goths. As you can see, their
Appearance stand out, from the hair to make up to costume,
They are easily recognizable.
Development of Goth Style
• The early 1980s saw the development of the Goth musical style. The postpunk bands continued in their underground popularity, and were joined by
a multitude of new bands. It is difficult to say which of these were the
most influential in forming and developing the Goth subculture but
certainly among the most influential were The Sisters of Mercy, Alien Sex
Fiend, Fields of The Nephilim, Gary Numan and Depeche Mode. All of
these bands, although showing quite a wide variation in musical style have
had an enormous impact on Goth Culture. The audience will tend to
emulate the bands or artists. By copying the artists style of dress and way
of dancing, the individual seeks to gain acceptance. From a psychoanalytic
point of view, the individual members of the audience are seeking to
identify with the artist and by so doing, gain an imaginary acceptance and
respect from the artist. In more simple terms, by imitating the artist, the
members of the audience will become the artist - they will adopt the
success and status of the artist.
• Goth music, in all its varied forms, can be described in many ways. It
is usually described, with a characteristic lack of imagination, as
being morbidly obsessed with death, as being 'dark', 'sombre' or
'depressing' - descriptions which show a complete
misunderstanding of the genre. Goth music, to those who are
willing to listen to it rather than merely hear the physical sounds
which are transmitted, is full of passion, majesty, beauty, mysticism
and mystery, terror, violence, pain, love, imagination, eroticism,
horror, euphoria, truth, evil, life, madness and the irrational. Goth
music tends to be described, by those who misunderstand it, in
terms of its dark side. It is rarely described in terms of its positive
side but it should be described in terms of a balance between both
dark and light, positive and negative. At its height, it can be so
powerful that it transcends description.
How they are seen in the media
Goths are actually not seen as a
negative subculture. On the
contrary, they are seen as a
subculture that get bullied by
gangs and other social cultures.
Perhaps this is because of the way
themselves in regards to their
appearance. As you can see on
the left, this is an article from the
BBC about various attacks on
different subcultures, including
How they are seen in the media
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a
goth as "a performer or fan of [goth]
music, or anyone who adopts a similar
appearance, typically through the use of
dark eye make-up and pale skin
colouring, dark clothes, and bulky
This article, similar to the previous one,
explains that the attacks on Goths and
these kind of subcultures have been
increasing since a murder in 2007. The
media portray Goths as people that
identity themselves with the music they
listen to, familiarizing themselves with
the strong, meaningful lyrics.
Media explaining Goths
This article mentions that Goths are just people
who love art. They are not portrayed as a
violent group. This perhaps contrast their
representation in the media because their love
for art is clearly visible in the way they dress or
their make up. Also, this article support the
idea that even though they are in a subculture
group that choose to be how the are, they are
very smart people that attend to university and
get a degree.
In this case, the media are perhaps supporting
Goths and their choices, making the public
understand what they are and what they do,
instead of representing them in a negative way.