Wearing a black trenchcoat and mascara is not "indie." Doing what everyone else is doing is not being independent.
Originally Posted by DaOneManWonda
A subculture based on being different doesn't make sense, can't cohere. That doesn't mean the idea of being different is ridiculous... it just means it can't start movements in the traditional sense.
A while back Pitchfork had an article on Twee (music) that features this quote:
There were points where cuteness felt like a caricature, and a pose: when girls went around carrying Strawberry Shortcake lunchboxes instead of purses, being twee seemed less like a rejection of cool and more like the creation of a new, worse form of it.
and that's the situation, dread, feeling you're pondering. Or, rather, the set-up for it. There always will be people who play at alternative because they wanna be a big fish in a small pool but that doesn't mean everyone is doing that. That doesn't detract from people trying new things, innovating.
Also I keep getting off into musical sidetracks so I should probably stop after this: my point is that following others is never a recipe for being indie.