pop culture

Show Me Your Masks, and I’ll Show You Your President

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I know that we’re now in November and therefore past the point where this is relevant, but at the same time, I really like this quirk (assuming this is true, and I sort of want it to be true).

It’s claimed that you can tell who will win a presidential election in November by what masks are sold for Halloween in October. This claim holds true for American society, but I’m not sure if it’s limited to Americans, if it’s because Halloween is currently a heavily American holiday, or if no one’s bothered paying attention to anywhere other than the States.

But it’s apparently accurate with a fairly freakishly high success rate-you can tell who will win by who is the most popular candidate to dress up as.

However, that’s probably the key word: popular. While the ‘nasty’ costumes for less than loved politicians are common, people like to collect and surround themselves with images of things that they like. Therefore, they’re going to be more likely to buy a costume of someone they are more willing to vote for than those they have no interest in. It’s an extension of popular culture; the images that people like are the ones that they want to dress up as (I read that Ryan Murphy was startled to already see Twisty the Clown costumes on the street this year-and multiple of them, to boot). The trend supposedly dates back to the 1988 election, with Reagan being the successful candidate and the highest selling mask. Or 1980, depending on source. However, the basic idea is still the same-for the past 30 years or so, the American election can be predicted by the sale of Halloween costumes.

This is one of those trends that is weird enough that pop culture loves it. It makes for a wonderful headline (Halloween predicts presidents! Next it’ll rain frogs!). I like it because it starts getting into those interplays that make sociology fascinating.

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On the Suspension of Disbelief

ghost month 2014

There was mass flailing a couple of weeks ago on one of the haunting groups I follow when one of the members of a certain big name paranormal show came out and claimed that most of the ‘evidence’ was faked.

I don’t want to sound snobby, but considering Ghost Hunters has been on the air in one form or another since I was in high school-are we still considering these shows to be ‘real’?

I actually do believe in the paranormal-and I have never once looked at one of those shows as being ‘proof’ of life after death. Maybe proof in the human mind’s ability to freak itself out. But not proof of the afterlife.

So why do people watch these things? This is a question I get a lot-in some form of how does someone who’s fairly well educated still get something out of a show about a plumber chasing ghosts. You can’t possibly believe these things, can you?

Guys, it’s entertainment. I find ghost media entertaining. I like ghost stories. I don’t know why. I can understand the confusion, I really do-I really don’t get why people are into rom coms. That’s not a hit against people who like rom coms, I really just don’t get the appeal.

I think that if you were to push most people, you’d find that if they like these shows, they don’t believe in them either. It’s about pushing boundaries and exploring ‘what ifs’. It’s not about the fact that the house needing new pipes-it’s about what could be going on that still makes the universe magical.