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.