A recognized community is an aesthetic in which multiple people who are connected to the internet can recognize by name because of the aesthetic's large presence, distinct imagery, common philosophy, and members who self-identify and form specific social media groups.

Of course, an aesthetic's popularity does have an element of subjectivity, but these aesthetics are often recognized by established media companies such as Vogue, The Atlantic, Refinery29, and The New Yorker. Thus, people who are relatively disconnected to aesthetic culture can still recognize it and use it as an example of the greater internet community at large. These aesthetics have also entered into the common vernacular and have been stereotyped and popularized in real life such as in high school cliques.

Discourse, which is critical conversation about the political, social, and economic connotations of the aesthetic, is a common motif among these aesthetics given their deeper histories and manifestoes made by the community. These aesthetics are also memed, with the aesthetic not only being a thing of beauty, but also a source of lighthearted teasing or iconization (ex: the Lo-Fi anime girl.)

These aesthetics do not include ones that have branched off from the original. Multiple times, the greater paradigm shifts are not known by those outside the community, who would be unaware of any drama or influential people/posts leading to this. Please also avoid including periods of art history, aesthetics that were given a made-up name on the wiki, or aesthetics that are blends of larger aesthetics. Also note that many people attach multiple tags to their posts, often making a smaller but related community seem larger than it is. A good litmus test on whether to categorize this list or not is searching on the aforementioned news sites, posts that have over 10,000 likes, or Urban Dictionary definitions that have at least 2000 likes or dislikes. Fads that were short-lived are accepted.

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