For years I railed against "the mainstream", blaming it for all the world's ills, and firmly believing that fragmenting it into a network of overlapping subcultures would allow us to solve those ills. Thanks to mass adoption of the net and the effects of digital convergence, that fragmentation pretty much happened. But the world's major challenges seem as intractable as ever. What now?

Now it's even a struggle to hold subcultures together and I'm starting to miss having a "mainstream" to define myself in opposition to. I guess thoughts like these are typical of aging rebels facing middle age. Most of my contemporaries long ago laid down their rhetorical weapons and started learning to 'fit in'. The remainder are either aging cranks or surviving in one subcultural niche or another while they last. But I can't help thinking, are these really my only options?

As someone who is likely a fair bit older than you and has also lived on the fringes of the mainstream for decades, I long ago realised that "resistance is futile".

However, unlike some of my contemporaries, I found that I couldn't just "suck it up" and get with the program.


> I long ago realised that "resistance is futile" ... I found that I couldn't just "suck it up" and get with the program.

This is exactly the bind I find myself in. It seems like I was mostly on point about the problems with business-as-usual, but none of the alternatives seem to have legs. This could be a self-limiting belief borne of cynicism, which is why I posted the OP; to see how others in the 'verse have navigated similar crises of meaning.



I'll be gathering my thoughts about this and I hope to write a post (blog) how I managed to transcend all the nonsense - at least for the most part.

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