Friday, August 12, 2005

Eugene to win Big Brother

I have voted for Eugene to win 3 times now. What a lovely bloke! So sweet and thoughtful.

In a funny kind of way he's got me thinking about myself and whether or not I am boring and/or a geek.

If you watch Big Brother you'll be aware that they regularly cut back to Eugene in the middle of - what is deliberately edited to look like - a geeky speech. They make it look as if he is boring and goes on about things a bit too much: radio transmitters, politics, language, minutiae. The housemates are never seen to be interacting and sit back and just let him go on. As I say, it is implied by the editing that he is dull and geeky ... tho his sweetness still shines through.

As I say, it's got me thinking about myself. I often suddenly launch into analytical speech like Eugene does. I do because I am interested in things. When people start a conversation I join in and take it to the next level which, inevitably, involves a little more analysis and intelligent thought.

Eugene is intelligent. Clearly. Are we at a stage now where we surpress intelligence? And thought? And analysis? And anything deeper than a puddle?

I sometimes find myself apologising for having a passion about certain subjects, for bringing to a conversation something a little more, a little deeper.

Is intelligence and thinking now out of fashion? I'm aware that in black male youth culture, intelligence is NOT COOL. This is what I hear. Hence younger black males, including all the societal factors, aren't helping themselves very much.

So, when speaking, should I "refuse to diminish my character"? (a Craig from BB quote) Or should I tailor my thoughts down a bit.

Do you like how I've framed an argument surrounding society and intelligence purely in terms of Big Brother - often thought to be one of the least intelligent shows on TV?

But is it? I'm not sure. I'm losing focus.

Does anyone anywhere know what I'm going on about today?


melbamae said...

Honestly Damon, who cares whether it is fashionable or not to bring intelligence and depth to conversations and to life? There can never be enough of either in my estimation...though there frequently seems to be a distinct lack of both in the world today. I'm always thrilled when someone wants to go beyond the surface of an issue and get into subjects which contain substance and perhaps even a bit of meaning.

Perhaps your fasination with BB is because while it would appear to be completely without any socially redeeming features on the surface, it ultimately has to do with human behavior? Human behavior is fasinating and worthy of endless discussion and analysis.

And no, you're not a geek. Very sorry Eugene didn't win....sounds as though he probably deserved too.

Damon said...

If I'm not a geek ... why have I been at my computer learning how to do CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) since 7pm? It's now a quarter to eleven.

There has been a lot about Geek Chic in the papers here in the last couple of weeks. It's chic to be geek apparently ... and us geeksters are the new big market to be going after.

I love WarGames, don't you? (that's a movie, if you didn't know then you're not a geek)