Home
Loading
  Contact Us    
Forty-First Sort

Snobbery and Frasier Crane

by Dear Jon
April 16, 2001

Bookmark and Share


Forty-First Sort_Dear Jon-Snobbery and Frasier Crane ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON

Dear Jon,
I find your discription of Middle Brow to be quite inaccurate. It seems more to me like the middle brow describes someone who is part of the priviledged elite, but is ashamed to admit it. The categories and descriptions show a bias of someone who wishes they were in touch with the common man, but have the hopes, dreams and lifestyle of the snobbery they wish to avoid. They not have risen to as high of a status on the totum pole, but they are climbing. In short, Dear Jon, from what I have read, I think you are a snob.
Sincerely,
Average Joe


Dear Joe,
You "think" I am a snob? What else do you "think?" That the sky is blue? That grass is green? That the Pope is Catholic? And why on Earth would I want to avoid this "lifestyle" of snobbery?


ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON

Dear Jon,
While watching Frasier, I learned from Niles that a dog or cat is not a highbrow pet; a bird, such as a cockatoo is highbrow. Does Dear Jon agree with this classification of pets? Is Niles a reliable authority? What class of TV show is Frasier? What class is the person who's too lazy to have a pet?
Sincerely, It's Been a Looong Week


Dear Week,

Frasier is "bourgeois," meaning, very much the Middle Brow. The Crane brothers satirize the "high brow," but their Dad, a retired cop, shows them up for all their shallow "new money" pretensions. People who watch it laugh because it makes them nervous.

This column also makes people nervous. Apparently some clarification is in order.

The brow one occupies does not necessarily depend on economic stratification. Nor does choice of pet necessarily indicate one's brow. Rather, low, middle, and high-brow refer to one's hierarchy of value. Democracy depends on more "snobs" in that it depends on more people being able to fashion informed, critical opinions. Generally, there is an inverse relationship between vertical brow-level and the amount of television watched in a week.

As far as pets go, it is not the choice of pet so much as the person's relationship with the pet that is indicative of the vertical brow-level. A cockatoo that is purchased and fed corn with the hopes of having squab for Thanksgiving, has been purchased for "low-brow" purposes. On the other hand, the most stuck-up people in my acquaintence invariably keep cats as pets. Yet not all cat-owners I know are snobs. Some like to feed their cats beer and watch them totter sideways, which is rather low-brow. Dogs tend to be owned by people of any brow who possess parental instincts and think a pet should be a friend.

So no, choice of pets is not a reliable indicator. For Niles to say so indicates a "new money" pretension that makes the middle brow nervous, but which the high brow will choose to ignore: "Who is HE to tell me I can't have a dog?" As you can see, the humor in Frasier can be pretty subtle at times.

(0 Comments)
Post a Comment

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*


Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Location:


Comments:*
Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.



Verification:
Please type the letters you see above.

  Printer-Friendly

Bookmark and Share


PO BOOKS BY DEAR JON
Dear Jon Letters: Tips for Dating and Mating
Temporarily Unavailable
Published July 21, 2008

Our advice humorist turns his attention and trademark wit to affairs of the heart in his first and very affordable book (only $8.95!).

More Information
RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Dear Jon: RSS Feed for Dear Jon
EMAIL ALERTS
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
Forty-First Sort
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by Dear Jon
Sort 433: Going on Sabbatical
Miss Me? Let me know!
by Dear Jon, 6/15/10
Sort 432: Jokes and Horse Names
and other Random One Liners
by Dear Jon, 6/8/10
Sort 431: Piggy Tossing
and the new touring show: "Lord of the Flies."
by Dear Jon, 6/1/10
Sort 430: Forwarding Fear
Spam with a side of mashed logic
by Dear Jon, 5/25/10
Sort 429, Mixing Oil and Water
is like mixing politics and humor. All you get is a sticky mess and a lot of upset environmentalists.
by Dear Jon, 5/18/10
Sort 428: Handling the Truth
And other lessons for cable channels
by Dear Jon, 5/11/10
Sort 427: Dear Jon Knew When to Shut Up
Finally
by Dear Jon, 5/4/10
» Complete List (462)


RSS FEED
RSS Feed for Dear Jon: RSS Feed for Dear Jon

Recently Published
View Article May I Be Frank, Mr. President?
Challenging a double standard in the Oval Office
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/15/17
Salvator Mundi
Not the painting but the Person
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/7/17
When the Newsman Becomes News
Lamenting yet another fallen hero
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 12/1/17
Let's Hear It for Moms and Pops
Celebrating Small Business Saturday in a very personal way
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/22/17
An Earthquake in La La Land
Examining what's been exposed in the rubble
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/17/17
Where is God?
Reflecting on the tragedy in a little Texas town
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/10/17
An All Saints Day Tribute
Remembering those who left us
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/3/17

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.


RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?

Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2017 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top