The online underground: A new kind of punk?
And what made punk necessary was a disconnection with the prevailing tastes of society, both musical and beyond. Although the gulf, being expertly filled by niche marketing selling your alternative to you, might not feel quite as dramatic today as it was then, it still exists, and it still drives a search among musicians and listeners for the new and the different. It fuels a desire to create something weird. Whether making club sounds, experimental music or anything else, the modern punk has a new forum that spans the digital divide and sidesteps the filtration mechanisms of taste and its distribution networks: the online underground.