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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
What makes a man?
annan_dum posed an interesting question yesterday. What is the average man these days?

How do you define it? Who defines it for us? Magazines? TV? Fox? Clear Channel? So what do you envision when you read "The Average Man?"
You can read her thoughts with the above link.

Personally, I consider myself the average person mostly because the with people I tend to spend my time tend to be similar to me. I also do not watch TV regularly and the only magazine i read regularly is tailored specifically to a demographic into which I do not fall (wealthy gay males). So I think my view is not necessarily the one held by society.

Were I to rely on my TV experience which are now nearly a year old, the average man is becoming a redneck of sorts, a calmer redneck. The Average Man is sympathetic when required, overweight, drinks beer, plays too many bar sports, tends towards insecure through wimpiness or over-aggressiveness, likes macho things (trains, planes, automobiles), plays video games, surfs the net daily, loves pulp novels if he reads at all, owns far more house than he can likely afford and is vaguely centrist even though he has many gay friends.

Yeah, even that list seems off.
So what have you got?

Current Mood: complacent complacent

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zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: September 6th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The average man is made of many things, but aside from what is now, I think a gross amount of what makes the average man came from the childhood he played in.

I definitely think macho physiquing was influenced by action figure torsos, geek culture's rise came influenced with the console rpgers growing up, and that superheroes are cool because we lived watching, reading, and enjoying them in the 80/90s. A diversifying group? Perhaps as much a sign of a changing of the guard.

Not to say that other have also had it differently, but... let's just say that I feel like I should have collected Pokemon cards back when everyone wanted to get rid of them.
abmann From: abmann Date: September 6th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ok.... So the average man today is Gi Joe and Pokemon? I'm looking for specific traits that come to mind when yuo think "average man."

I agree that much of what makes a person happens in childhood but that's not what I'm really looking for, rather that explains (partially) waht we'd see as average traits - my video game preference, for example.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: September 6th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well I still stand by it; what seemed cool back then probably led to tolerances to it as they got older and just... became "in" enough for it to be normal, I suppose. I suppose it can vary around different circles too, of course, but that's probably some sort of fluctuation between sub/pop cultures.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: September 6th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, ABM, but in my real-life experiences, you are not average. First of all, you do not engage in an average lifestyle choice. Second, you are above average intelligence. Thirdly, you engage in several non-average recreational interests. And fourth, you're my friend, and as my mother has pointed out to me on several occasions, I simply don't MAKE friends with ordinary people.

But I think you're seriously onto something when you talk about hanging out with like people. I think it's safe to say that the average guy - or even the average person, really - hangs out with similar people with whom he/she is comfortable.
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