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Posted on 2008.10.30 at 11:20
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The wife and I watched the first disc of House (M.D.) Season 4 last night, and while I was disappointed that this season continued in its power-rangers-everyplot routine, it also got me thinking about my friend who, despite Dr. Gregory House being a fictional character (who would likely have been kicked to the street living as a junkie long ago) attempts to, in his real life, mimic the hostility and demeanor of Dr. Crankypants.

He thinks its cool. He thinks it helps create an aura of respect around him. In truth, he's an idiot.

As many times as I've tried to explain that the character's abrasive idiosyncrasies are tolerated because he's a genius, and that my friend is not (ergo he'd likely be seen as just an annoying prick) he really feels that there's something to be said for acting like an ass. Gruff, aloof. Angry. These are not traits young people need to enter the workforce with, yet they see these traits as being successful on television, and therefore choose to emulate them.

Early police shows exploited the whole "procedurally challenged anti-authority cop who gets the job done" persona for decades. Something innate to us longs for the underdog to buck the system while simultaneously being applauded for doing the right thing - casting 'rules' and those who look after them as the antagonist. Here's the thing - if you suck at procedure, challenge authority, and suck at your job, you'll simply be fired that much more quickly. We're talking about the real world here.

I'm good at what I do, but I don't think for a moment that if I chose to maliciously ignore safeguards that I wouldn't be fired. Trust is important in any working relationship, and no, "knowing your stuff" is not enough to overlook obvious flaws such as blatant disregard. And while I'm mildly amused at the antics Dr. House pulls, living in the real world myself, I often shake my head in disbelief that there are people who wish to emulate this tremendous asshole. No, its not cool, and neither are you.

I cannot seem to reiterate enough that not only is this a work of fiction, it only works because he's a genuis! Hell, I'd like to be a drunk billionaire playboy throwing money around, buying and crashing exotic cars and bedding a different movie star every night. IT WOULDN'T WORK BECAUSE I'M NOT FILTHY RICH. See? If I became an irresponsible lush I wouldn't be able to keep my job, my family, or my freedom. I'd be thrown in jail. If you can understand how it takes being a billionaire to act like a billionaire with no repercussions, how come you can't see that if you're a garden-variety idiot who acts like Dr. House, people will despise you and you'll never succeed?

No one likes a dick. You don't like people who are rude to you, or despise you. Why do you think it would be cool to be one of those people? I don't understand. Someone is going to knife you in the back and not think twice about it.


Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-30 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting post, thank you. I don't appreciate this attitude either. I know a couple of people who think it makes them super-cool and LOL EDGY to behave like an unpleasant twatwaffles to all and sundry - frankly, it just makes me think they're incompetent at even the most innocuous social interactions. Always being objectionable doesn't make people see you as a misunderstood genius.

And I speak from personal experience here: I used to think that being a bitch would make people respect and admire me. It never did. Now I work at being charming and friendly, except under circumstances of extreme annoyance, and it's been far more successful than anything else ever was. I've been working at putting my extra attribute points into charisma. ;)
ehowton at 2008-10-30 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
I've gotten where I am today with equal parts of working hard and maintaining a good attitude. Most of my assignments and subsequent promotions weren't due to my vast amount of knowledge. On the contrary, due to maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace under a variety of conditions.

If I were just a dick to everyone, I'd likely be delivering pizza's for a living.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-10-30 16:53 (UTC) (Link)
Just so.

The reason I get assignments is because people know I'll be pleasant and professional at all times. If I wasn't, I wouldn't get anything. I can't think of a single occasion in my professional life where rudeness would have been of any benefit to me; I was even polite to Mr Staplehead.

(Hey, I have a great idea: let's see if we can be EVEN MORE self-congratulatory than we've already been. ;) )
galinda822 at 2008-10-30 17:46 (UTC) (Link)
Gee! It would only take me one guess to figure out who this "friend" you're referring to is. It might just be a lucky guess though. :)

What you said here is exactly what baffled me so much about "Super Cunt"! How in the hell does she keep her job? She's House with breast. Actually, she's worse than him.

I just don't understand some things. *eyeroll*
ehowton at 2008-10-30 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
She crossed my mind as well during the authoring of this post. I mean, she wasn't even good at her job yet she walked around with an air of undeserved respect and was rude to the point of asininity. And lets face it, she doesn't even have her looks to fall back on.
drax0r at 2008-10-30 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
I'm good at what I do, but I don't think for a moment that if I chose to maliciously ignore safeguards that I wouldn't be fired. Trust is important in any working relationship, and no, "knowing your stuff" is not enough to overlook obvious flaws such as blatant disregard.

So explain my continued employment.
ehowton at 2008-10-30 18:41 (UTC) (Link)
You're the real-life embodiment of Dr. Gregory House. Your eccentric idiosyncrasies are tolerated because you're a genius. See how that works?

They'd fire me in a heartbeat.
glodowg at 2008-10-30 19:43 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know you had a job !!!!!!!!!!
galinda822 at 2008-10-30 19:24 (UTC) (Link)
BTW...excellent choice of music!
ehowton at 2008-10-30 19:31 (UTC) (Link)
I owe it all to Mandruid.
glodowg at 2008-10-30 19:43 (UTC) (Link)
Why didn't you title this "Tomas is an Ass"?

Beating around the bush is atypical for you.

ehowton at 2008-10-30 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
Recent polls have shown a more adversarial approach toward me when I call him out by name, though in all honesty anonymous, directed posts about him have also turned up similar feelings of discontent toward a majority of my readers. In this particular case however, I feel the attitude is more prevalent amongst an entire group of people rather than localized around one individual despite the fact its how I chose to begin.

Readers can better identify with a single, flawed individual as a representation of society or cultures as a whole.
glodowg at 2008-10-30 19:58 (UTC) (Link)
I rarely respond when you post of "him" because it is just not worth getting worked up over.

However, all I could read in this post is about him. Perhaps I should reread and remove that point of reference.

I oft feel that the younger generation has a "you owe me" attitude. I never quit took it the way you have. Perhaps, again, I need to change my reference point.


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catttitude at 2008-10-31 18:15 (UTC) (Link)
No, he is what comes out of an ass.
Yes, he is poop.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-11-01 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
Are you talking about me again???
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