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  1. Introduction
  2. The change in punk music over the past 30 years
  3. Punk culture
    1. The performances and people identifying with them
    2. Punk's association with expression
  4. Origin of Punk
    1. The links to Britain and New York City
    2. The true origin of Punk music
  5. The DIY attitude and the emergence of a new type of music
  6. Pete Wentz: The most socially active members of the pop punk genre in today's media
    1. His liberal political standpoint
  7. Fall Out Boy and Green Day
  8. The main social issue that the pop punk genre attacks
  9. The organization To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)
    1. Creating awareness about depression and teen suicide
  10. Conclusion
  11. Works cited

Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer and guitar player for the band Green Day, expresses how influential the media is in Green Day's hit single ?American Idiot?. ?Don't want to be an American idiot. One nation controlled by the media? (Armstrong). Political and social activisms are two aspects of Americans' lives that define our country. The American people derive many of their political and social views from sources of mass media, ?media is an important source of information for introducing and replicating a society's dominant ideologies? (Holtzman 34). In the most recent presidential election, a significant amount of press time was spent focusing on the younger voting population, people aged 18-24. This age group is heavily influenced by the music they listen to everyday. One popular genre of music associated with this age group is pop-punk. Pop-punk music is a growing phenomenon springing out of the mid to late 1970's punk generation.

[...] The 1970's provided a base for socially and politically active musicians which has grown and evolved into the pop-punk genre. The exact origin of the pop-punk genre is still being pieced together. Bands such as The Descendants, The Class, and The Ramones, sprung up from the late 1970s into the 1980s. In the middle of the 1990s bands such as Green Day and Rancid popped out of Southern California along with Blink 182 and The Offspring and pop-punk went under major construction. [...]

[...] In several of Fall Out Boy's songs they reference depression and suicide: ?sometimes we take chances, sometimes we take pills? (Hum Hallelujah), ribbon on my wrist says not open before Christmas'? (Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued). These lyrics relate directly back Wentz's personal struggle with depression. He references to taking pills in order to feel ?normal?. The ribbon lyric corresponds with cutting wrists or a possible attempt at suicide. Green Day joins in with the references to depression in their songs, walk this empty street on the boulevard of broken dreams? (Boulevard of Broken Dreams). [...]

[...] "Fall Out Boy: Official Site." Fall Out Boy: Believers Never Die, Part Deux. Island Records Apr . Invisible Children - Invisible Children Apr Holtzman, Linda. Media Messages. New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc Henry, Tricia. Break All Rules! Punk Rock and the Making of a Style. Ann Arbor: UMI Research P Mann, James. "The Offspring: Conspiracy of One - Music Review." PopMatters May 2009 . Macken, Bob. The Rock Music Source Book. Garden City: Anchor Books Montgomery, James. "Pete Wentz Throws Obama Bash - THINK MTV." New Music Videos, Reality TV Shows, Celebrity News, Top Stories MTV Jan MTV Apr . [...]

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