Men in Gorilla Suits
Men in Gorilla Suits Ep. 154: Last Seen…Conforming

Bunch of same-looking buildings - Men in Gorilla Suits Ep. 154: Last Seen…ConformingDo as we say, and all will be wonderful...

Fuck the system -- Tear it all down!

You make it easier on yourself if you're just like us...

Do you really want to be just like them?!

It's for your own good...

Only you know what's right for you!

It's an old battle: to conform or not to conform? Some (including us) argue that by not conforming...you're probably still conforming.

So...is resistance futile?

This week's episode is all about conformity (and non-conformity). Whether you're on the side of the popular jocks and cheerleaders...

...On the side of the deliberate non-conformists (who, remarkably, all look and act the same as each other, in much the same way as the jocks and cheerleaders)...

...Or if you're the geek totally out there on your own...

...This is an episode for you!

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We kick is all off by talking about our first memories of conformity, and then jump to the benefits -- and drawbacks -- of conforming. After that, we discuss how important conforming is to society...and to us.

There are those who take incredible offense with those not like them. We talk about why that is before chatting about how much our environments influence us and our views.

Trends. Ah, wacky trends. We cover some of the trends we've followed, and then jump to whether conforming (or not conforming) has ever had a negative effect on us.

Our teens years are the most awkward years in our lives. It's a time when conformity is almost vital, even if you claim to not conform to anything at all. We chat about why that is, and then move on to whether people see us as conformists or non-conformists...and if those views are even accurate.

We wrap it all up by discussing the future, and whether or not conformity will be more -- or less -- important in the coming years.

Conform to the ways of all the cool kids and let us know your feelings about conformity in the comments. (To not comment is still conforming to an even bigger group, so sit at the "cool table" for a bit and have your say!)

Or just watch this:

(Is it sad that Christopher, at least, kinda envied Tom Hanks at the end of Mazes and Monsters...and still has days he kinda still does...?)

Direct download: migs154.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 8:33pm EST

Men in Gorilla Suits Ep. 153: Last Seen…Being American

Painting of an American flag - Men in Gorilla Suits Ep. 153: Last Seen…Being American

Painting of an American flag - Men in Gorilla Suits Ep. 153: Last Seen…Being AmericanWhile we talk about a wide variety of things on Men in Gorilla Suits, there's no denying that much of what we talk about comes from an American perspective. (At least what we consider American.)

Some consider a group of men with guns holed up in a small Federal building they decided to occupy American.

People from other places might view Americans as loud and fat; others may say we're friendly. Some might even say we invaded their land and made a big mess of things.

America is a funny place. We can get away with things that would get us killed in some countries. At the same time, many think we're the only country with such freedoms...when that's far from the truth.

This week, we talk about what it is to be American (whatever the hell being an American is).

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We begin by talking about how far back we have to go to find non-American citizens in our families. After that, we jump to whether or not people from other countries assume we're Americans when they meet us (and why we think that is how we're viewed). Next, we discuss what we love about being Americans...and what we're not so keen about.

People make assumptions about Americans. We chat about the assumptions we think people from other countries make about us because we're Americans, and even touch on the assumptions we make about our place in America.

American citizenship can be a heated topic -- so of course we devote some time to that. We chat about what we believe should be the process of becoming an American; what parameters (if any) should one lose their American citizenship; what we think about dual citizenship (and if we're eligible); if those who carry dual citizenship are any less American than single citizenship citizens; and what countries we would gladly share citizenship with if we could choose another. We also pretend we're exiled from America -- find out which countries we'd hope would take us.

Also find out what duties and responsibilities -- if any -- we believe we have as Americans (at home and while abroad).

And we wrap it all up with what we think America will be like in the future.

If you're an American, we'd love to hear your thoughts about all this in the comments...and if you're from another country, we'd love to know how we're viewed where you are from.

Direct download: migs153.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:21pm EST