It isn’t America that’s trapped in high school, Oliver.
I just wasted three minutes of my life reading this foppery. And another 30 seconds posting this.
I feel a musical coming on
Most of what Bateman writes is solipsistic tosh.
This phenomenon has nothing to do with America or with high school… all of humanity wants to be seen by others as a unique, individual person, and to be respected, loved and accepted as that unique, individual person. I agree the author may be on to something interesting in diagnosing the (arguably) declining role that fashion plays in helping us walk the line between individuality and conformity, between acceptance and exclusion. But his article should have better walked the line between context-specific sociological analysis, and ruminations on the human condition. (Easier said than done, I know.)
Brilliant article and interesting take on how self representation has evolved. Helps me to understand people’s present obsession with pronouns.
I think something like 10 years down the line NFTs, and NFT gaming will be the next big thing to express the “self”. It’s a reserve of the nerds like social networks or mobile phones once were today but gaining momentum.
This ole ’60’s guy suggests going back to weejuns, frat shirts and bangs for guys flopping over the hairline onto the forehead.
A load of pure shit. Real people don’t give a f**k what other people think. I thought the author was female. Instead a fat man with a humanities degree. Figures. I bet he’s gay.
In any case this is a good example why I will not accept anything that comes from that genre of “thinking.” It’s totally mindless.
That’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.