Thursday, January 14, 2010
A Game Concept Demonstrated on American Idol
Yes, as I've admitted before, I watch American Idol.
On a tangential note, Uzem & Luzem's comment on that thread was pretty good, and he's absolutely right, I shouldn't feel the need to have to explain why I watch this show...nevertheless, I do feel that need to explain myself because I know that I often write about how Television programming in general consists of mostly feminist drivel and propaganda used as a brainwashing device for social engineering much of our society's present pathologies, and that I typically only watch football and MMA.
In addition to being a musician myself who enjoys watching real musical talent manifest in other people, I also find A.I. to be a pretty insightful look into the current state of our culture. The entitlement mentality, the narcissism, the solipsism, and the vanity are in abundance amongst the many hopeful auditioners...but than we also see glimmers of hope - jewels amongst the rabble - real people with admirable personalities, qualities and talent that still exist amongst the masses of dumbed down sheeple in our BraveNewWorldOrder...but I digress.
So what is this "game" concept I'm referring to here? Other than the most obvious, which is of course, that Simon is the perfect example of an "Alpha" personality that certainly has "Game," one particular audition really stuck out for me on Monday nights show, the first of the new season, in Boston, MA.
Auditioner Andrew Fenlon provided a perfect example of how a good looking, handsome man (my wife said he looks like a young Rob Lowe) with bad social skills...no self awareness or clue about social dynamics, quickly kills female attraction with his interpersonal ineptitude.
Watch the following YouTube clip and you'll see what I mean.
Andrew swaggers into the room, apparently brimming with confidence. Randy Jackson is the first to react to his presence with a "YYeaah!" You can hear it in Jackson's voice "Now HERE'S a DUDE!"
Note Kara DiGuardia's initial reaction when a tall, handsome man walks into the room with a swagger of the confident Alpha... you can hear DiGuardia's appreciation for his physical appearance with her enthusiastic "HELLLLO!"
Than watch Victoria Beckham sit up in her seat and say "Hi!" with a look of interest on her face. You could almost hear both women's thoughts "Aaaahhh, finally, we got ourselves a looker!"
Than the dude opens his mouth and comes across as a George Sodini type of psycho. His attitude and demeanor are precisely what even pre-teen girls recognize as "CREEPY." He alternates between socially autistic anger and contrite apology when Simon calls him on his demeanor.
While I can't find the clips of his pre- and post- audition interviews with Ryan Seacrest on YouTube, there was something about this guy in those clips that made me think that he was an act...a put on, to deliberately spice up the show. Nevertheless, I do think the reactions of the judges to his initial appearance and subsequent anger at his attitude were real.
This was in fact a very good demonstration in the differences between male and female attraction cues.
Men are primarily visual...most men would have no problem having sex with a woman whose looks were movie star grade, but who's personality was terrible. Such a woman is the perfect candidate for the pump and dump.
But from a woman's perspective, physical appearance is NEVER enough. An off putting demeanor, or a "creepy vibe" will quickly turn a woman's initial attraction into a gut-wrenching, seething disgust and contempt. While DiGuardia claims her anger is based on this guy's impatience when other people wait years for the same chance sounds plausible, I think this reaction from her demonstrates perfectly a female's visceral reaction of disgust at the idea of being fooled by the appearance of an Alpha who has the social skills of an Omega.
At the 3:27 point of the clip, DiGuardia pretty much says as much...
"You know what Simon, you have an attitude, but you're at least charming!"
If this dude would have been ugly and acted in the same manner, she probably would have laughed at him rather than get so upset at his lack of "charm."