Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Poseurs vs. bandwagoners


At lunch yesterday, my work amigos Nancy and Carolyn were discussing the fine difference between being a poseur and hopping on the bandwagon for something cool.

For example: My hatred of sports is well-known, yet I was gaga for the World Cup. Now that the U.S. lost to Ghana, I have returned to the land of not caring.

So am I a big fat poseur? According to Nancy and myself, the answer is no. A "poseur" insists he likes something popular when he does not, simply to be popular. He is deceitful. A bandwagoner is incredibly late to a cause, and is fickle about his dedication to it. The key difference is that he never professes to be a super fan, or to be knowledgeable at all. He just enjoys it, and rides this enjoyment out.

Now take Carolyn. She somehow has remained ignorant of that great cultural force The Daily Show. Now, in mid 2010, she realizes it's awesome and watches eagerly. So what is she? She's a bandwagoner if anything - just late to the party. That's no crime - that's just living under a rock. And hey - it's cool under there, after all. Especially when it's humid.

7 comments:

Jess said...

I agree with your assessment for the most part, but I've met plenty of bandwagon fans in my day who like to pretend they've been there since the beginning and think they are now wonderful know it alls about the sport they profess to love. Not sure where they fall, since they actually like the sport and aren't just faking it. Thoughts?

Jon said...

Interesting. A melding of the two categories - they love the sport / idea, but buff up their resume to unrealistic proportions. Maybe the Poseur Boaster?

Anonymous said...

Bandwagoners - those who jump on board after a team starts having success. Fair-weathered fans.

Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Urban Dictionary definition for Poser: A dumbass hypocrite trendwhore conformist asshole who can't think for his/herself

Anonymous said...

this Carolyn sounds like the very essence of cool.

Jonathan Rubin said...

To you all: Harumph

shesthesheriff said...

ha don't worry anonymous commenters. there are plenty of things Rubin likes that will never be cool.