Even as media shows us what is cool, we need to use our judgement

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March 26, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle

What is Cool?

by M.S.

Urban Dictionary defines cool as “The best way to say something is neat-o, awesome, or swell. The phrase ‘cool’ is very relaxed; never goes out of style and people will never laugh at you for using it.” In my opinion that is not what cool is generally made out to be. In movies “cool” people are often made popular, and liked by all. In both teen movies and shows, such as Glee, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, the “cool” vampirepeople are generally either a football jock or are a part of the cheerleading team. A person is solely based on those two factors. It has nothing to do with their personality, only their position on the social hierarchy. People nowadays, especially teenagers, are too focused on being cool. They will do anything and wear anything just to achieve coolness.

What decides what is cool? The answer is simple. The media decides. Everywhere you look there are ads about clothing, cars, makeup and even people which are then viewed and talked about, which automatically makes them cool. Lots of times, like Miley Cyrus for example, will wear a certain outfit then the next day, half of the female population is wearing nearly the exact same thing. Simply because they want to be cool like Miley Cyrus.

But is there anything thing about a person’s personality being cool? Hardly. People pay more attention to what the person looks like and not what the person’s personality is. For example, many people dislike Miley Cyrus for what she is wearing and that’s all they will talk about. She could be the nicest person you’ve ever met in your life, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Only what she looks like does.

Personally, I think coolness should be more based on a person themselves. Not just what the media thinks is cool. It should be up to you, and you only, to decide what is and what isn’t cool. And not just what your TV is showing you.

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