In today’s article we take a look at what is cool and what is not so cool. Over the past few months news about Barack Obama has come in and you should know by now how to be cool and what’s not so cool. We have explored entertainment, George Clooney, Hollywood, London, Media, News, Quentin Tarantino and Tony Blair. DIfferent people think different things
Today Adam Lovejoy writes from London about what he thinks is cool and what is not so cool. He says strait of the bat that the term has been hijacked by Hollywood and the definitions of cool and the signals they are presenting as cool are not very good.
But Hollywood plugs coolness as if it holds a patent on it. Along with the pop world and all sorts of arty people, who pretend they have a degree on what is cool and what is not, plugging dope and booze and casual sex as if they are all attributes of being cool.
The worst thing of all about the new modern reading of coolness is that these days it is considered cool to be an idiot. Yep, that’s what Tony Blair’s Britain was all about and that is what the message coming from the politically correct brigade is all about as well.
He takes a look also at films and the actors and debates what messages of cool are being projected on the genral public from actors like George Clooney and movie directors like Quentin Tarantino and asks the old question about how this is all effecting society. The effects are easy to see proving it however is not so easy. Still Adam Lovejoy presents his case and you can read all about it over on Stirring Trouble internationally.
The picture above looks like it was taken down some back alley but in actual fact it is a common scene after hours outside popular night clubs, the messages from Hollywood are effecting people more and more. Adam talks a lot about this and sprinkles his point with how this is also effecting politicians in the decisions they are making. Perhaps what he also means is that by people being confused about what is cool and what is not so cool is making people make the wrong decisions. Wether it is fellow women going out wearing the wrong dresses or guys going out looking for girls in these types of dresses I am too to sure. Perhaps they are all actors just trying to get the attention of whom they think are the actors too. Either way its a very strong image with an interesting angle.
Meanwhile back at the Hollywood dust bowl the images of what is cool and what is not so cool are becoming more and more blurred. Gone are the days of love with nothing the money being pumped around Hollywood in the movie industry is confusing for a lot of people. Some people are actually searching for these types of things and they don’t even know it. So well done to Adam Lovejoy for pointing all this out.
He says cool is rightfully a term best used for Pop music is cool and that watching television is super-cool for most people, so it is important to get things right and here in Britain or where ever you are it is important that you have what is culturally super cool for you in your area. He also makes some interesting arguments about pop music mixing classic with new untalented garbage which can happen these days and it is very easy to get pulled into that type of cool which if you concentrated on the lyrics a bit more than you would realise it was not and five weeks from now will not be cool.
He goes on to make his point about stereotypes and uses President Barack Obama as an example. The landscape has been explained and from here all that is left is explaining these cultural stereotypes and the problems that leaders have tried to overcome when all around they are surrounded by mixed messages of what is cool and what is not so cool. So where do we go from here folks Be Cool in the knowing that the cool we know and are being fed is actually not cool or go out and show of our own Coolness in our own way that best for everybody?
Source ‘ So What Does It Mean To Be Co… ’ Stirring Trouble Internationally
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