Friday, June 12, 2009

Cosmopolitan Commentary

Question: What makes a blog, magazine or newspaper “cosmopolitan”?

Is it the intelligence, diversity or sophistication of it’s writers? (I hope not!)

Or is it the diversity of thought or geography of it’s readers?

To begin to answer these important questions, we will first investigate the meaning of the word, cosmopolitan.


cosmopolitan - [koz-muh-pol-i-tn] –adjective

1.

free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.

2.

of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.

3.

belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.

Just a comment on each definition:

#1 – the first one should preclude any one from being a self-described “cosmopolitan”. Personally, I don’t think any person could make a statement like that about themselves, their viewpoint would obviously be tainted by their own prejudices…it’s kind of like Jeff Lebowski calling himself, “the dude”….it just isn’t done.

#2 – Now isn’t this nice….when I was in school there was no way you could get away with using “the word, or any form of the word” as part of a definition. The rules have changed…for the worse.

Here’s the definition of cosmopolite – “a person who is cosmopolitan in his or her ideas…”

*** That sure was helpful wasn’t it…NOT ***

#3 – Now we are getting somewhere…”not limited to just one part of the world.” Finally a definition that I can use.

Based on definition #3, my blog, “Steve Cooksey’s Journey” is hereby labeled “cosmopolitan”.

”How can that be?", you ask.


Doing my best Barney Fife imitation, I sniff, pull up my baggy pants and say, “ cause I got worldwide readership”, then sniff again.

Here’s my proof, below is just a sampling of some of the comments I’ve received.

Just a note: there was no intelligence level required (of the author nor the readers) to be considered cosmopolitan, only “not limited to just one part of the world”.


Comments:

Gent from Kannapolis, NC, USA said, “max still looks better than you

Lady from
Clinton, NC, USA, “wow, you are a prime example of what I try to get across to my patients. I deal with diabetics every single day. Many are clueless as to what they should do, because they are not educated about it in the hospital…”

Gent from
Krasnoyarsk, Russia , stated, “Стив, блога остается на!” which translates to “Steve, your blog is left on!” (I’m guessing this is a complement, you know Phat is good and bad is good kinda thing)

Lady from Yinchuan or China, emphatically retorted, “史蒂夫,你的博客是酷!” translates to “Steve, your blog is cool!

Lady from Ljubljana, Slovenia, said, “ Steve, mislim, da so slike tako seksi!” which translates to “Steve, I think your pictures are so sexy!”

This lady, in a reciprocating act, sent me some pictures of her. Unfortunately, only one is suitable for this blog, it is below.






There you have it! Proof that Steve has a Cosmopolitan Blog!!

I’m not “small timing it….I’m mass communicating!”

What’s that, so you don’t think that’s proof enough?

It doesn’t matter, I’ll still claim the cosmopolitan status based on definition #1, for I am without prejudice and regional bias. I know this because I love Eastern style BBQ.

Steve

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