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When did cool become uncool?
« on: November 20, 2010, 08:51:05 pm »
Back when I was a kid, which was a long time ago indeed, stuff that was cool was cool. It was cool to like stuff that was cool, and of course everybody thought the stuff they liked was cool. "Cool shirt, dude!" was not a condemnation, but an accolade. Nobody was embarrassed to admit that they were into something because they thought it was cool; a cool band, a cool car, a cool chick. Maybe, if you were a nerd, a cool computer or a cool calculator... computers and calculators were REALLY cool back then, because they were now, and damn if they weren't hot rats.

Back then, the opposite of cool was lame. You think Depeche Mode is cool; your best friend thinks they're lame. You think the Police are cool, and maybe Elvis Costello is cool, and Violent Femmes are definitely cool, but REO Speedwagon is fuckin' lame. Heshers and rockers are lame; punk and New Wave is cool. Of course, the heshers and rockers think New Wave is lame and will beat your ass every chance they get, which in your opinion makes them lamer.  Punks think everyone else is lame, and they beat up the heshers and rockers, but they leave New Wavers alone for some reason... probably because they know you think they're cool.

That band T-shirt is fucking cool, man, and that kid who got a T-shirt with a picture of himself on it is cool, and using a lunchbox as a purse is TOTALLY cool. It's cool to like these things because you think they're cool. You aren't sure if you're cool, but your friends are definitely cool. You would hang out with that one guy; yeah, he seems cool. Your best friend's little brother is pretty cool for a kid.

Somehow, though, cool isn't cool anymore. If you like something because you think it's cool, people will judge you and find you insincere, and probably therefore inauthentic. "You're only into them because you think they're cool" is an insult. People are afraid to look like they think something's cool, because they fear the labeling that comes along with it. You come across a Knight Rider T-shirt at Goodwill and at first your heart leaps... Knight Rider! That's so cool! But wait... if you buy it, people will think you're wearing it to be retro, because that's cool. Nope; must avoid the appearance of trying to be cool.

God fucking forbid anything or anyone be desired or admired because of being cool. EVERY FUCKING THING had better be "authentic", or YOU WILL BE JUDGED, AND FOUND WANTING.
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“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010, 09:05:44 pm »
Because in order for it to be cool, it has to be "deck", remember?

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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 09:23:26 pm »
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“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010, 09:50:39 pm »
I was into cool before it was fashionable. My life has been dedicated to the pursuit of cool. I studied the greatest living icon of cool - Fonzie. Anyone wants to slag me off cos Fonzie isn't cool anymore? Witnesses will squeal something along the lines of, "COOL! That guy just tore that other dudes spine out through his asshole. 8)
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010, 01:55:02 am »
For this subject i will return to my bestest point ever: That's what knifes are for.

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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010, 02:00:02 am »
I was wondering about this earlier in the week. Somewhere enthusiasm was replaced with apathy and whoever made that decision needs to be . . . knifed.
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010, 02:01:07 am »
Cool is still cool.  

And anyone who doesn't get carried away once in a while should be.

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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2010, 02:01:39 am »
And authentic can kiss my ass.
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2010, 02:09:37 am »
“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2010, 02:11:37 am »
" It's just that Depeche Mode were a bunch of optimistic loveburgers."
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2010, 02:18:16 am »
Trufax. Or, I guess you guys say 'troof'.
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2010, 02:22:33 am »
I still say cool and lame.  Is that not cool?   :sad:


I also say awesome.
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2010, 02:29:13 am »
I still say rad, and dude.

I am not ashamed.

Also I am wearing a T-shirt that has a baby owl in a high chair wearing a bib, and fuck me if it isn't cool.

And somewhere, I have a T-shirt that says "PROUD TO BE AWESOME". Fuck it, I'm gonna go find it and wear it tonight. Because that is how cool I am.
“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2010, 02:30:29 am »
AND THEN NIGEL KILLED EVERY HIPSTER IN PORTLAND.   :x
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Re: When did cool become uncool?
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2010, 02:33:05 am »
I don't KILL hipsters. I AM hipsters.

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“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”