By Jessica Bailey

In her last ‘Fucking Friday’ column, Jessica Bailey reminds you to keep your head up, no matter who tries to bring you down.

It’s fucking Friday, and the last fucking Friday I will be spending with you as the year comes to a close, so I want to bitch about attitude. Over the past three years I’ve spent in Syracuse, I’ve seen a lot of fucking attitude. That’s what makes this city still pulsate and writhe with energy when it should have died. Attitude is the disease that reanimates the corpse and keeps us alive with fear and excitement. But if you’re going to have an attitude, allow it to be born out of passion rather than out of frustration.

Seek to define yourself by the things you love to do rather than by all the things you hate. We’re part of a generation permeated by hipsters and senseless snark as the prevailing attitude becomes that we’ve seen it all before and there’s nothing new to be learned, but that’s not true and it never has been. As senior television-radio-film major Marc Sollinger put it, these newborn cynics are “the pigeons of subcultures” because of their natural tendency to shit on everything.

Syracuse is a city of lost children. A lot of people here are deeply unhappy, and it doesn’t matter how good your music is or how strong your drive, there will always be somebody standing at the back with their arms crossed to kindly remind you of how much you suck. If you want to survive, you have to develop some kind of attitude. You can’t let these poor unfortunate souls suck the Go Go Juice out of you, my dear Honey Boo Boo child, because the world needs creative people.

It needs artists, and musicians and writers to continue to push culture forward. If we all collectively bowed to the pressure and believed that there was nothing new to be made, then there never would be. Music journalism is going through an existential crisis alongside every other industry trying push through a global depression. We’ve watched with heavy hearts as long-standing publications like Spin finally pull the plug on print and switch entirely to digital. In trying times, hope can be hard to find, but for all the passionate people here at 20 Watts who have worked hard to revive the magazine and give new life to an old ghost, it seems that attitude will be our enemy or our savior.

This is the playground for real life. Take it seriously because this is your chance to define yourself, but not so seriously that you get lost in the titular nonsense and forget why we’re here — to make mistakes, learn from each other, and have fun doing it. Whatever it is you’re trying to do in this godforsaken town, make the most of the opportunity, and when those pigeons fly by to take a big white shit in your mouth, take a cue from Cyndi Lauper and keep on singing.

Syracuse, you’ve got some fuckin’ attitude.

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  • Maddy

    Word. This is fucking great