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Thread: Do aesthetics map to politics?

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    Is the 'gammon' thing an example of aesthetics mapping to politics?

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    Not exactly. As I say, personalities come as package deals, right off the shelf and so any one aspect can stand in for the whole.

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    With gammon it's the carvery as spiritual home, but it's also the big ham faces, red cheeks, broken veins and flinty eyes

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    The people who complain about "SJWs" online always seem to characterise them as having blue or purple hair and a nose ring.

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    Lol yeah exactly. Or soy boys (another ugly phrase) which like gammon matches a food to an identity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Everyone wore baggy trousers in the early 90s. Even if your brain was able to conceive of tight trousers you'd have to get them handmade for you by a tailor cos shops didn't sell them. Things got more fitted a little later on in the garage era. Round your way everyone wore goatskin pantaloons handed down by their grandad and a scuffed Barbour jacket. Different world.
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    Took a rest stop that wasn't on the schedule

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    Tweed flat cap with some fly fishing lures pinned to the side of it

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    There's a chapter in one of the post-Reich books (Man in the Trap - Elsworth Baker) about political identities and how that maps onto character types and bodies. I don't think it's the strongest chapter but there's something in it. There's something often very familiar when you meet a certain class of person (class as in ideological affiliation) - like they're another iteration of the same design you've met before. Tall, gangly, angry socialists for instance.

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    When you've worked in public facing roles for a long time the whole world looks like tiny variations on a handful of basic templates. You also feel like you've met everyone before.

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    "There are twelve people in the world, the rest are paste."

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    Perhaps that's why history seems to repeat itself.

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    The idea of the universe being a video game or simulation makes more sense when you think of people like that. There's a set number of character models and scenarios so they inevitably get reused.

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    The alt-right lot like to refer to people as "NPCs".

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    yeah the NPC one is sort of funny. I like the NPCs in existenz... The heads going slack and shoulders drooping until you talk to them

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