Here’s a recent cultural blip I am digging: face blogs. Whether it’s the Faces of the Last Season of Oprah or Pete Campbell’s Bitch Face, I am intrigued by the concept—and apparently others are too. I think I love the focus it brings to an element of a cultural phenomenon and elevates that one element to it’s own cultural high. Those elements make up the sum of the parts that create cultural phenomena that we love.
We love Oprah because she reflects the better parts of ourselves, but also because she’s developed a cult of followers who sometimes act crazy. They all emote to the extreme, which is part of the charm and the source of derision.
We love Mad Men because of the seamless story telling, the clothes and the character development but also because we recognize these fabulous characters. Pete Campbell is familiar and we’ve seen that bitch face on our long-suffering co-workers and family members who just can’t understand why life is soooo hard.
Their faces say so much.