Category Archives: The Coolest Uncool

Napolean Dynamite dance scene (Toni)

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The Coolest Uncool thing (Toni)

  • Glow in the dark Gnome
  • Pokémon and game boys
  • Pez dispenser
  • Foot tall optimus prime transformers figurine
  • Pokémon yellow on game boy
  • Raeburn classic
  • Casio watch
  • A bum bag
  • Alien in jelly
  • Old school iPod
  • Old school telephone
  • Mighty Ducks
  • Playstation 1
  • DreamCatcher
  • Fluffy socks
  • Glee
  • Stainless steel full size Spartan helmet
  • Rabbit teddy named Malcolm
  • Come dine with me
  • Minnie mouse Disney cushion in the shape of minnie mouse
  • Hello kitty playhouse
  • V-Shaped pillow
  • Beanie babies
  • Slim tone shoes
  • YO-YO
  • Bernard Watch
  • Baby G
  • Ferbi

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Aunt Bessie’s Adverts (Toni)

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Irn Bru Granny Advert (Toni)

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Howard & Hilda (Julia)

From the Wikipedia entry on ‘Ever Decreasing Circles’:

“Other regular characters included Howard and Hilda (Stanley Lebor and Geraldine Newman), another married couple who generally add lighter humour to the plots. They are long-standing friends and neighbours of Martin’s who share some of his obsessiveness while having plenty of quirks of their own (such as always wearing “his and hers” matching outfits) but are also attracted by Paul’s personality.”

Howard and Hilda

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That’s Cool – Vanessa Gill Brown’s DVC lecture (Toni)

  • ‘Cool’ is quiet a teenage word – but has now been passed into common use to mean good
  • How we define cool = trying too hard – fashionable
  • Cool is everywhere
  • Now n0-one wants to be good but cool
  • How do cool relate to consumer culture
    Its people’s opinion – i.e. Kurt Cobain – cigarettes, sunglasses
  • Cool can be subjective –
    ‘It’s not about what things are, but what values they represent to a given group at a given time’
  • The dandy – rival aristocracy – manors, style and wit – unshakable nerves
  • Hedonism, narcissism, irony – David Lachapellle – 1990’s – lots of drugs = cool
  • Irony – saying something other than what you mean – look of desire to play by the proper rules
  • Avant Guard – ‘before the rest’ associated with cool – before everyone else, ahead of the game, cutting edge – not a slave to fashion
  • Reason for the spread of cool – cool tactics
    ‘Could be equally useful for anyone who had lost respect for their society is dominate value system under pressure of war, persecution or corruption’ Poutain and Robins, 2000
  • Trends are like viruses – what is cool can be determined globally by a small group of influential (cool people)

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The Coolest Uncool: Text & Facebook Responses (Julia)

  • Tweed blazers
  • Tweed farmer hats
  • Frosty Jacks/White Lightening
  • STIs
  • Peter Pan collars
  • Every single edition of the Blue Peter annual
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Pokemon
  • Tamagotchies
  • Fishfinger sandwiches
  • Purple wellies + a purple watering can
  • Bright pink chopping board with sides that fold up

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