Your Average Joe?
Identifying the Real American "Everyman"
Reality Vs. Appearance
Joe: Fellow, Guy1
The recent Spotify controversey involving Joe Rogan is a blatantly political move to silence dissenting voices and anyone who will give them an ear. This isn’t news to anyone who has been conscious of the government’s continually expanding overreach. But in Joe Rogan’s case, the situation seems to be much more significant, and for one very clear reason — Joe Rogan is an everyman figure, a symbol of hard-working, honest non-bureacrats who think for themselves, and have the intellectual capacity to make their own medical and political conclusions.
What is more, Joe is an eminently likeable2 and successful “everyman.”3 His interactions with the public encourage them to engage with ideas and people — even those with whom they may disagree — in a rational and thoughtful manner. He stands in direct contrast to the Joe who currently occupies the White House. Unlike Joe Rogan, Joe Biden is demonstrably unlikeable and unpopular,4 a literal fraud5 who pretends to be an “everyman” figure,6 whose interactions with the public openly and explicitly discourage engagement with him that is rational and honest — especially those with whom he is in disagreement.7
The World Is Upside Down
What we’re seeing is an inversion of reality where the positive personality traits and behaviors that the media and government ascribe to Biden are actually true of Rogan, and the negative personality traits and behaviors that are actually Biden’s are ascribed to Rogan. For instance,