Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I'm sure you've heard of the catch phrase, "What kind of man reads Playboy?" When I saw it the first time I thought, "There's stuff in there to read?" Oh yeah - the jokes!
I always thought it would be more interesting if they asked, "What kind of man looks at the pictures in Playboy?" When I was thinking such profound things, I was just a strapping lad in my teens. A strapping teen was the kind of man who looked at the pictures in Playboy. Well, we did read the vital statistics, you know, the measurements of the Centerfolds!
As for the so-called reading material, there sure was an awful lot of it! To that fact I can attest, because many times I found myself eagerly zipping past and through those pages. While this will probably come as a surprise to you, I can assure you that I wasn't looking for interesting reading material. You could flip through easily 30 to 40 pages or more between the pictorials.
Getting one's hands on a Playboy Magazine back then was a major score. These magazines were always behind the counter, inaccessible to us teens. Our fathers, uncles or older brothers were often the unwitting suppliers of that "Atlas of Anatomy."
Nowadays I am not so concerned about what kind of man reads Playboy, or looks at the pictures for that matter. I've moved on. You might say I've climbed a little higher on that intellectual ladder. I'm more interested about the impact of what people read and what impact they have on the world.
So I put to you this searing question, "What kind of man reads Mad Magazine?" To me, it would be a man who likes satire, irony and parodies. What kind of man reads Mad? The man who reads Mad is irreverent. He is focused on the light side of life. He can find humor even in the most dire and serious events in the world.
What kind of man reads ... say ... Cosmopolitan? Well, personally I wouldn't want to know what kind of man reads Cosmopolitan! A better question would be, "What kind of woman reads Cosmopolitan?"
The same goes for who reads Redbook or Good Housekeeping.
Perhaps now you would like to sit back and assume a comfortable position in your chair. The following question begs to be considered. What kind of person reads Blogs? What kind of man, what kind of woman reads Blogs?
The kinds of persons who read Blogs are intelligent and well versed. They wish to be entertained, informed and to escape from the pressures of their jobs, families, and poor choices to watch on television. What kind of man reads Blogs? What kind of woman reads Blogs? Many of them are Bloggers themselves.
Guess what? Many Bloggers are the kind of people who read Playboy. Some are the kind of people who read Mad. Yes, some of them read Cosmopolitan, Redbook and Good Housekeeping. There are people who read the Bible, who also read Blogs. What kind of people read Blogs? You. You and you. You, over there trying to hide behind your CPU. You, yes you. You who just tried to sneak into the kitchen for a snack. All of you!
....And me too!
Curmudgeon responsible for this post: Hale McKay at 11:30 PM