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Posted by Mike Schuck

As we continue to navigate this ever-changing landscape of technology, there are always new things showing up with catchy names that seem to grow in popularity quickly. Some stick around for a while before disappearing, whereas others fade away within a few months.

One such tool is what some call the “digital detox” or “self-distancing lifestyle.” The term was coined back in early 2016 when blogger Eliza Orson mentioned them in her article Why You Should Try A Digital Sabbatical.[1]

Since then, they have become more popular as people learn about their potential benefits. Many find them helpful for restoring mental wellness after a long work week, giving you time to reevaluate your life and set appropriate goals for the future.

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Many fitness professionals suggest doing a digital break every couple weeks to reset and refresh. This includes quitting social media apps like Instagram and Facebook, and instead using less intrusive platforms like Messenger or WhatsApp.

P. R. O.

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As we can see, his full name is Paul Romeo O’Neill, but he goes by just his first initial. This is because he does not want to draw attention to himself or be known as someone who is famous. He would rather stay under-the-radar and keep living his life.

He did this before he was even discovered! When he lived in high school, he didn’t tell anyone that he wrote songs or planned on pursuing music as a career.

It wasn’t until years later when people found out and it stuck. Even then, he never really promoted himself as a musician.

This is because he doesn’t feel like there’s anything special about being an artist. He believes what makes you successful as a musician is hard work and dedication.

Influential Art

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A lot of people consider musicians to be artists, but that’s not quite right. After all, most people can look at a picture or listen to a song and recognize the work of an artist.

But what defines an artist is their ability to influence others, whether it’s through creating works of art or just being famous.

Musicians often get confused about their status as artists because they also use language as a tool for inspiring and influencing other people.

And while no one would question the artistic talent of someone who writes music or lyrics, there are some things that come across more like marketing strategies than stories with meaning.

So how do you know if something is artistic? An easy way to tell is to compare it to something else. If you’re looking at a painting and think “This really makes me feel ___,” then it’s probably worth your money!

That could be due to content related to love, anger, fear, hope, etc. Or it could be due to themes such as death, life, rebirth, etc.

Whatever it is, it’s important to identify it so you don’t waste your time buying something that doesn’t appeal to you.

What is punk?

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Punk originated in the 1970s when musicians and fashionistas took major inspiration from rebellious styles of decades past. They mixed these older, classic looks with newer, more aggressive touches to create something new!

The defining features of punk are its music and look. The lyrics tell stories that address social ills and sometimes make direct references to current events or politics.

Music typically includes fast rhythms, distorted guitars, loud bass lines, and powerful vocals. Instruments such as the guitar, violin, and drums can be played very loudly and quickly for effect.

The style of clothing worn by punk artists is usually tight, patterned, and highly expressive. For example, leather jackets, cut-out shirts, and color schemes like black and greys are popular.

Some examples of famous punk songs include “Bread” by the band New Kids On The Block, “Rock Is Dead” by Rage Against The Machine, and “I Can't Take It Anymore" by Molly Ringwald. All three of those songs sound similar because they use similar instruments and bounce along at a quick tempo.

There you have it! That covers the basics of what makes up the genre of punk.

Definition of punk

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Punk is not a genre, it’s a state of mind. It is an attitude that encourages individuality, self-expression, and rebellion against norms. These are often in opposition to the status quo or traditional ways of doing things.

Punk originated in the 1970s with artists and musicians who were influenced by 1960s counterculture movements such as hippies, new age thinking, and civil rights activism.

These individuals placed importance on breaking away from societal norms, fostering community, and expressing yourself through music, art, and fashion. Some used this expression for political reasons; some did not.

But they all shared one thing — they believed that people should be allowed to express themselves without fear of social reprisal. This was particularly important during a time when censorship of literature, films, and other forms of media was very common.

Since its inception, punk has had many different interpretations and trends. But at its core, it is about freedom to create and enjoy artistic expressions free from external influence.

Modern punk bands

As we discussed, early punk was mostly characterized by very angry music with lyrics that focused on social injustices or politics. With time, musicians have mixed in other styles into their songs, creating new genres!

Modern punk is way more than just an album you listen to once because it has catchy tunes and vocals. Artists mix musical styles together to create something new they call “punk”.

Many people refer to artists like The Ramones as classic punks due to their use of guitars, drums, and bass along with heavy messages about life and society.

However, The Beatles are often considered the parents of most modern punk bands due to their influence including parts of rock, blues, jazz, folk, and even hip hop within their sound.

Some famous examples of punk influenced groups include The Clash (British Invasion), The Strokes (New York City-style angsty teens), The Offspring (mature teenagers), Rage Against the Machine (political protest), and The Dirty Projectors (experimental).

All of these bands mixed different styles together to make one unique sound, which makes them all part of the punk genre.

Song references in punk music

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A lot of people consider Punk to be completely defined by its lyrics, but you would be wrong! The other major component that defines Punk is song styles and tropes. These are things like bass lines, guitar licks, drum patterns, etc., that clearly show off the influence of earlier genres while at the same time being unique to Punk.

A good example of this is the first line of the famous punk anthem “Rock Is Dead”. You can tell it was written with lots of passion because of how direct and bold the lyricist was. This is a very clear reference to the original rock verse which goes: “It's too late for songs about love, loss, and regret”.

In fact, one could make an argument that the initial drop of the bassline and part of the second word in the chorus were directly copied from this verse! In addition to this, some commentators have noted similarities in the rest of the lyrics as well. Obviously, writing your own version of a popular song is not plagiarism, but it does show inspiration.

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