Just read DeVille's blog that linked to a funny news story about a North Dakota sheriff warning the gullible about the dangers of kids who dress in dark clothes, angular haircuts and studded belts.

These kids, called "emos" on the broadcast, drink black coffee, wear thick mascara, despise Britney Spears and write poetry about life's unending pain.

What they described is very much like the popular gothic trend - the way suburban white kids actually looked when they emulated substantially scary goth musicians. Remember: It was hard to get to third-period geography wearing spiked boots and a nightgown of flowing chains. Most "goths" had to settle for a Skinny Puppy T-shirt and some black Chuck Taylors.

Actually, emo's similarity in substance, but not in fashion, to goth explains much of its popularity. The songs explore the same emotional hardships, pain and yearning, but the fashion is easier to mimic, the mask easier to put on. To dress in emo fashion, the first step to engaging in the appropriate rituals, is easier than to do so in goth music.

Most of us are angry when we're young, but only the angriest wanted to look like a vampire at prom. Emo is that rare opportunity to experience a culture that embodies the pain of youth and doesn't take that much effort.

However, for the most part, the fashion is lame.

Thus my battle to be less emo than DeVille. Right now, I'm wearing brown leather driving loafers and a gray wool sweater. He has on a tight black T-shirt and blue jeans. His hair, currently very dark, reaches his ears.

According to this website, which describes the template for emo fashion, he is substantially more emo.

Until the next round, download and enjoy this clip below from one of the best South Park episodes ever. In "Raisins," Butters falls for a waitress at a local Hooters-type restaurant, and Wendy dumps Stan for Token. Troubled, Stan turns to the goth kids for guidance. Here's what they tell him.

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