11.20.07 Age Norms and Orangey Goodness
Listen to sociologists hold forth on the topic of age norms and you’d be forgiven for dismissing the topic as theoretical hoo-ha with little real-life relevance. But in the course of writing Rejuvenile I became convinced that age norms are in fact an enormously powerful and woefully underexamined social force that exerts influence in the unlikeliest of places.
Take your local gas station or convenience store. Check out the snack display – you’ve got your adult Cape Cod Potato Chips, your teen-leaning Doritos and your kid-targeted Cheetos. What adult in their right mind would eat a snack promoted by a sneaker-clad spokescat? While snackfood giant Frito-Lay doesn’t release market research data, it seems clear that Cheetos have become a major flashpoint in rejuvenile’s assault on age norms—adults all over are embracing the orangey goodness of Chester Cheetah’s favorite snack. Many are content to causally gobble down a bag in the privacy of their workplace cubicle. Others publicly flaunt their Cheetos affiliation, proudly displaying their stained orange fingers to friends and coworkers or posting weird online video clips as proof of their playful, mischievous spirits. Eating ‘em is just the beginning:
• Members of the fabulous a-capella drag act the Kinsey Sicks stick ‘em in their well-powdered noses.
• Pajama-clad brunette tosses ‘em, gobbles ‘em, spits ‘em.
• Talkative co-ed colors her hair to match ‘em.
• Science geeks light ‘em up, dunk ‘em in booze, then down the firey cheesy cocktail (ow!)
- Clearly understimulated Iowans celebrate ‘em as prime tourist attraction.
Holy cow, give up my Cheetos?! Never!
Posted by Mike on 11/26 at 05:47 PM