Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
I both agree and disagree:
First, I agree that when people come here, in many cases they tend to conform to the societal mean. But generally, when that happens it's because they weren't very stylistically adept to begin with. So, assimilation is really more a way of teaching and learning, which must be done before one can move forward.
However, I think that there are some very notable examples of people who don't fit the cultural homogenization, yet still gain acceptance and appreciation here. On the outer limits you have guys like Fuuma, SoCal, LabelKing, etc. that all have their own style that isn't replicated elsewhere. However (and more subversively) you have guys like PG who comes in and (despite the groupthink) shows that Armani, et al can actually look really good and who helps move peoples' ideas away from the strict buttoned down style that makes the place feel so homogenized. The fact that you don't want to dress like PG means we aren't really like the Borg after all.
I agree with you. Some of my reaction stems from the fact that I've become so familiar with our regulars. Neo remains as striking as ever, but I now know what to expect. Initial novelty can last only so long.
That said, I'd note that PG's Armani is long since gone. It looked good, in a very non-SF way, but now has been replaced by clothing that better fits the SF aesthetic. PG's like a chameleon, adopting the best bits he comes across, and I give him credit for that. But I also think this reflects the transformative effects of the forum. SF spreads certain styles that many of our posters would never see IRL. That's great, but it also can sow a certain uniformity, particularly when newcomers' tastes are being shaped mostly by what's on the forum. Considering the dearth of nice clothing in general these days, I guess I shouldn't find that too surprising.
To be honest, maybe I'm just overdosed on orange trou, white jeans, slim clothes, knit ties, summer pastels, etc. I like all those things, but I'm still starting to chaff.