June 25, 2009

Defending democracy

I've been admitted to one of the best schools of journalism in holland, and can't wait to start in September! Offcourse I want to write about fashion, I realize, and it bothers me, that fashion magazines are seen as inferior magazines and writing about fashion will probably be regareder as empty, commercial and useless by my teachers. (Wikipedia stated about fashion journalism that "the term "journalism" is used as a monicker, but does not carry the overall procedural and deontological aspects of professional journalism." In other words, writing about fashion isn't professional, Surprisingly other specialisations like medicine or sports are much more accepted.) They would rather train us into political experts to defend democrasy. But isn't democracy about freedom, to think and choose for yourself? Being an individual is one of the core elements in order for a democrasy to work, but individuals don't wear uniforms, sheep do, obedient nazis do, insecure teenagers do. People are so trapped in opinions of others around them that they don't even remember their own. They Wear and do what is expected from them, with no appreciation or understanding whatsoever for someone who looks unexpected. Unexpected as a boy in heels or a die hard fan in star trek suit. It seems as if Social control is still above democracy. Because anyone who falls outside of the boring ordinairy is punished by society. It's like being trapped in the 50's. Clean the front garden for the neighbours, wear a suit for your boss, and so on. If it would be generally accepted to be yourself no matter what might come out, it would be unimaginable how different the world would be. Would people make different choices if they could profile themselves freely and find their own true opinions without influences and ettiquettes of what is and what is not acceptable, obligated and expected from you, having an uncomplicated opinion. I think fashion is so important, it is the visible reflection of society.


betty said...

Cute blog btw

Allure said...

The truth is many people believe fashion is shallow and most of their arguments are totally demagogic (e.g. compare it with the hunger in third world countries and all that...)

saamielola said...

''insecure teenagers do''
Haha, zo waar!

nookie said...

congrats!I don't think that writing about fashion is inferior!

Winnie said...


Fashion journalism is not inferior at all. I think I read an equal amount of news journalism and fashion!

Damsels said...

omg that is fantastic congratulations .. i too wanna be afashion writer... i dot buy any of that crap about fashion mags ... they are great i mean just look at elle and vogue .

we were damsels

C.Chico said...

ah congrats!

thischicksgotstyle said...

Gefeliciteerd en goed stukje!!

Raez said...

very true. in my opinion, journalism in fashion should be considered as professional, because the industry itself is very alive and can be compared to those of industries liek medicine, if argued.

congrats though;) and thanks for dropping by the blog!

xx raez

Dana (MODAna) said...

I study journalism! It's the best.

Good luck!! And btw, amazingamazingamazing bandage dress below

Anonymous said...

congratulations! I´m so happy for you ! Your opportunity is unique, you are so lucky :)
I hope to read some of your future articles.
Amazing blog! Now I added you to my links. I hope you don´t bother!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on getting accepted! I think it will definitely take time for the world to accept fashion as a serious form of journalism.

Good luck on changing that!

Yuka said...

i totally agree with you and i think fashion and writing about fashion should be held with high regards too.

prettyneons said...

Wow thats super brilliant news well done you!
This post is great I know exactly what you mean, those damn stigma's attached to fashion they refuse to vanish eh?

Happy Sunday :) And once again well done!!!!!!!!!
Prettyneons X

Barbro said...


Alyce said...

So true.
I think you'll be a great journalist.

xx Alyce

angie said...

It 's such a relief for me to find people with radical opinions and an interest about fashion!Social control reins and people feel intimedated when in my blog I talk about more radical things.They don't comment ,they sort of get scarred. Like fashion and politics and an interest about the world don't fit together!

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