Here’s a surprise: The story of 2013’s pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with Nirvana.
The 21st century is a most confusing time when it comes to class. The virtual world has so much real estate, and we all can feel privileged roaming through it. But where our feet walk and our tired bodies rest, rents are increasing and wages are dropping. The government was shut down in a fight over health benefits. The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride raise bitter debate over who can walk where, and what self-defense means. Whole regions of the country, like Northern California, are being transformed into private compounds for the super-rich. “We will never be royals,” Lorde sings, a tinge of melancholy in her voice, and it’s easy to imagine people hearing their own fate in her lament. The question worth asking echoes from the end of the chorus: do we still want to live that fantasy?
This article is right on. Smells like new teen spirit, perhaps, huh?