This is amazing! Long form social commentary at its finest.
It made me think of the DJ parody video from a few years ago where Dillon Francis aka DJ Hanzel keeps going “one deeper” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l-PjIqPOBw
Every time this article reaches an aha! moment, it goes one deeper. I never would have thought about shock culture this way without reading this. Thanks for that.
For the record, I was in my late teens when 2g1c came out and I’ve somehow managed to avoid it to this day. Not mad about it.