My favorite essay from the k-punk book is online! (Exclamation point because it’s so good!)
A brief, dumb interpretation: goth exhibitionism denies interiority to the nth degree. Goth is interchangeable with signs and machines — it’s pure surface, sign value exchange and spectacle.
Goth is an aesthetics based on the rejection of false illumination. It’s most sincere when it points out that transparency as a cultural ideal is impossible and hypocritical. Which makes it a good foil for the transparency society, the neoliberal regime of the self.
Mark Fisher’s Goth:
A very 2018 version (which should be enjoyed like a goth anime, not a manifesto for / against A.I.):