Traits that were right in the middle: Trendiness The researchers also examined the types of words that went into coolness to see if they fell into even broader clusters. They found that coolness tended to fall into two separate categories:
In principle, to be cool means to remain calm even under stress. What is cool, and why is it so cool to be cool? The aesthetics of cool developed mainly as a behavioral attitude practiced by black men in the United States at the time of slavery.
Slavery made necessary the cultivation of special defense mechanisms which employed emotional detachment and irony. A cool attitude helped slaves and former slaves to cope with exploitation or simply made it possible to walk the streets at night.
During slavery, and Being cool afterwards, overt aggression by blacks was punishable by death. Provocation had to remain relatively inoffensive, and any level of serious intent had to be disguised or suppressed.
So cool represents a paradoxical fusion of submission and subversion. Modern Cool Today the aesthetics of cool represents the most important phenomenon in youth culture.
Facing the Past and Seizing the Future,p. Philosophy and Race in America,p. While several recent studies have shown that American brand names have dramatically slipped in their cool quotients worldwide, symbols of black coolness such as Hip Hop remain exportable.
On the one hand, the message produced by a cool pose fascinates the world because of its inherent mysteriousness. The stylized way of offering resistance that insists more on appearance than on substance can turn cool people into untouchable objects of desire.
On the other hand, to be cool can be seen as a decadent attitude leading to individual passivity and social decay.
The ambiguity residing in this constellation lends the cool scheme its dynamics, but it also makes its evaluation very difficult.
In spite of the ambiguity, it seems that we remain capable of distinguishing cool attitudes from uncool ones. So what is cool? Let me say that cool resists linear structures.
Thus a straightforward, linear search for power is not cool. Constant loss of power is not cool either.
Winning is cool; but being ready to do anything to win is not. Both moralists and totally immoral people are uncool, while people who maintain moral standards in straightforwardly immoral environments are most likely to be cool. A CEO is not cool, unless he is a reasonable risk-taker and refrains from pursuing success in a predictable fashion.Being Cool has 41 ratings and 1 review.
Andrew said: A little more scholarly than I realized it was going to be, but still a thorough and analytical refl /5. Sometimes movies give the idea that being cool is about looking trendy, pretending to be really laid back and being unkind to 'uncool' kids. This is just movie stuff.
In the real world, most kids want to feel good about themselves, have friends, be interested in the world around them, have fun . Batman's Guide to Being Cool (The LEGO Batman Movie) and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle.
Learn more Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App/5(31). Most would agree that the concept of being “cool” emerged after the Second World War, epitomized by the likes of actor James Dean and jazz musician Miles Davis.
Characteristics associated with. However, ‘cool’ does not only refer to a respected aspect of masculine display, it’s also a symptom of anomie, confusion, anxiety, self-gratification and escapism, since being cool can push individuals towards passivity more than towards an active fulfillment of life’s potential.
Often “it is more important to be ‘cool and down. Being cool is hard. Staying cool is harder. It’s an elusive quality, in part because it’s an elusive word with layers of nuanced meaning that peel off as we travel back through the centuries.