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  •  Very simple: Their heros are those that don't.... (4+ / 0-)
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    make them feel bad for being so mediocre.  A "regular guy" won't tweak their egos by topping them with intellectual vanity.

    It's no sin to be born ill-read, although it is sort of a sin to stay that way; but I don't recommend dancing on someone's head for being so, unless they're really yelling and arrogant about how stupid WE supposedly are.  But it's clear that the uneducated have become really, really touchy about their own mediocrity; thus, they seek out "heros" who don't make them feel badly about being ignorant, and who--they think--speak "common sense" and "the unvarnished truth."

    It's just anti-intellectualism at work.  You choose heros who are superior achievers, as you say, because you're self-conscious about things you haven't achieved.  The teabaggers choose "heros" who are mediocre, because they're self-conscious about things they haven't achieved.

    "Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar, and are often convincing." -- Oscar Wilde

    by Villagejonesy on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 11:29:48 AM PST

    •  Sounds like punk rock. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 01:41:25 PM PST

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      •  Ha ha! Yes, I suppose so (0+ / 0-)

        Who needs Virtuosity... "Malcolm had these shirts made, 'people we hate,' with all these bands named, like [voice dripping acid] Yes, and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer..."

        "Oi fink it's awl a lo' o' Bo'shit!"  -- The Filth and the Fury

        "Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar, and are often convincing." -- Oscar Wilde

        by Villagejonesy on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 04:45:17 PM PST

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        •  Yep. (0+ / 0-)

          And because of all that, thousands upon thousands of listeners haven't bothered to listen to that stuff and MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS.  

          (Of course, if they did, the conditioning of decades might affect their ability to enjoy it.)

          The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

          by Panurge on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 08:33:02 PM PST

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          •  make up their own minds (0+ / 0-)

            I've never forgotten when Madonna's movie came out, and she sneered at Kevin Costner for saying the word "neat" to her.

            On television, a couple of months after the movie came out, a young woman got weirded out when the talk show host on the show she was on said "neat."  I KNEW that she was only objecting to it because Madonna had mocked it, and otherwise wouldn't have cared about it if Madonna hadn't told us to.

            I do still like the Sex Pistols (though not the posing Clash so much).  But I like many bands that would positively horrify John Lydon.

            "Arguments are to be avoided. They are always vulgar, and are often convincing." -- Oscar Wilde

            by Villagejonesy on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 02:22:41 AM PST

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