First of all, I finally got to meet Brian Shaler last night. High in the air, handlebar mustached, halfway around the country half of the time, nerdy tech hipster Brian Shaler. He happened to be on vacation, moving across the country via train (so cool!) and had a stop here in Colorado.
And what do nerds do when they get together? Pullout laptops and look at each others’ photos. Look at Brian’s. He’s awesome. And lazy. At least in respect to photography. Get off your ass, Brian! I want more shots like this:
But beyond that, we had a really interesting conversation after I made an offhand comment about how techdudes need to dress up more when they appear on TV.
Brian shrugged and asked… “why?”
Of course I get all impassioned! It’s a sign of respect, both for the audience and the guy himself! Duh! I *almost* whipped out my favorite quote from the Brendan Fraser flick “Blast From The Past” that “good manners are just a way of showing other people we have respect for them… and a gentleman someone who always tries to make sure the people around him or her are as comfortable as possible.” And seeing as Brendan Fraser is my new BFF, I am allowed to quote him at will.
Brian saw my point, but also felt that maybe the people in question were doing one of several things: pushing buttons on purpose to change perceptions, just being an artist – which brings an artistic temperament, or maybe – they just. didn’t. care.
And should we care? Why do we get dressed up for certain things? Is it to make US feel good about ourselves? Or impress OTHERS?
Which makes me wonder why we do ANYTHING, but that’s another blog post.
What do you think? How do you handle it? Do you walk the walk, or are you a button-pusher?