Cool is just that to me, a judgment. A nicer way of saying this is that cool is subjective. Though many people will have similar definitions, each person will vary his own thoughts depending on his age, gender, social class, ethnicity, and general upbringing. So for me, I have a liking of classic movies, it comes from watching them with my siblings and parents when I was much younger. One of my favorite actresses from classic movies is Katherine Hepburn, and she definitely qualifies as cool to me. Her defiant nature as a woman in Hollywood led to a trend in changes in women's wardrobe and her quick wit was bold to say the least. But would every person think of Hepburn as cool? It is doubtful, but maybe this semester will bring more cool individuals to my attention, such as those who have begun to fall out of the world of cool and need only to be rediscovered. The world of cool is made of only opinions, there is no easy definition or set of individuals and I am sure it will never be that easy.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Discovering my thoughts on cool
What is cool? I have never really tried to truly define and explain cool, but after hearing F. John's explanation my mind began to wander about my thoughts on cool. I can see a spectrum of cool being very plausible, but I believe that every person has his own developed views about cool. F John gave us his spectrum of dissident to transcendent cool. I understand his reasoning and examples, but this does not exactly match my thoughts on cool as a whole. Yes, James Dean is dissident cool as much as Bruce Lee is transcendent cool for me, but what about my mom or even my two and a half-year-old nephew? My mom's ideas of cool are fairly similar to my own, but what is to be said for the fact that my nephew is sure his Pops is the coolest person he knows? It seems there is an age where an individual begins to develop the idea of cool with which most people would agree, but when is it? When does a person have the knowledge of culture enough to say what is or isn't cool? When do we lose the capacity to maintain that judgment?