It occurred to me while doing some other searches, to use search-term analyses as perhaps, a gauge of Goth culture. Not to say this is "all-encompassing" or anything, but, it did merit food for thought.
In the first query(above), I used five search operators. In the above chart, you see the scale for "underground" off the charts in the green, in comparison with "Goth". Below even further, we find counterculture(red), subculture(yellow), and cyber goth(purple) failing to make any significant impact on this search.
From there, I looked at the geographic information compared with the search term operators. Clearly, even the term "Goth" still brings waves of related "Emo" terms, not to mention, more "feminine terms than masculine". A far cry from the ancient Gothic days of swords, clubs, and spears.
Then, I looked at "counterculture". What was most interesting in this area is that, most of the searches had little to no relation to modern counterculture. Most of the information was related to the "60's, history, and subculture" searches.
Right after, we find "subculture" reflective of "counterculture", except for varying geographic information. Much of the information had little to do directly with subculture, and found itself leaning towards queries made by educational, psychological, and Law Enforcement institutions.
Next, I looked at the search term operator "underground". What was interesting to note at this point was a relation of "geo-politics and informational access". America itself resounded with the high-traffic yield, aside from non-sequitur searches (non-sense even).
"Cyber Goth" (Chart above) - for some reason, I thought this would register higher in relation to the other given terms. The only areas that seemed to draw the largest numbers came from fashion, style, and related shopping terminology. On the given chart of the five operators, Cyber Goth barely registered in comparison.
Next, I used three operators: "Goth, Emo, and Punk". From Dec. 2004 to Jan 2005, "Emo" seemingly comes out of no-where, strong until peaking unbelievably in 2008, following a steady decline which continues to drop. Oddly enough to contrast, as we can see, "Punk" has been on a steady decline well before 2004. By this March 2013, Punk has made a huge spike in such a force that makes the peaks of the other operators look mute in comparison.
By the geographic information analyses, we can see the terms relate to searching for "Emo boys and girls". The music, fashion, and culture areas only seem to exist -if you will- through the proxy of "Goth".
In our last chart, we take a look at how the operating term "Punk" functions in the query. Scores for the band "Daft Punk" register higher than anything (I might infer clever marketing there). "Punk rock and lyrics" seem to be the only other comparable strong operators.
So, what does this mean? Has the "Goth" culture started its never ending death spiral. Or has it become "sub-subcultural"? It seems the new face -if this information was correct- means that somehow Goth beget the culture of Emo? And, is both Goth and Emo dying, somehow resurrecting the past archetypes of Punk?
On this last question, lets look at a few definitions of "Punk".
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punk defines "Punk" as:
http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/punk defines "Punk" as:1archaic : prostitute2[probably partly from 3punk] : nonsense, foolishness3a : a young inexperienced person : beginner, novice; especially : a young manb : a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffianc slang : a young man used as a homosexual partner especially in a prison4a : punk rockb : a punk rock musicianc : one who affects punk styles
1North American informal a worthless person (often used as a general term of abuse).
a criminal or hoodlum.
US derogatory (in prison slang) a passive male homosexual.
an inexperienced young person; a novice.
2 (also punk rock) a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
(also punk rocker) an admirer or player of punk rock, typically characterized by colored spiked hair and clothing decorated with safety pins or zippers.
3chiefly North American soft, crumbly wood that has been attacked by fungus, sometimes used as tinder.
1North American informal in poor or bad condition:I felt too punk to eat2relating to punk rock and its associated subculture:a punk banda punk haircut
Interesting. If we consider the synonyms of punk, we find rebel, deviant, outcast, down-trodden (etc.). It might be very well possible that the current times of world culture are indeed shaping the future of Goth,.......if there is in fact any at all.
By the information and numbers presented before us (I really hate statistics), we can unequivocally say that the "Goth culture and life style" is indeed a "unique sub-subculture". But, keep in mind that these numbers only reflect search term operators used on the internet. This does not account for those people who engage in alternate life styles offline.