[personal profile] forsyth
These days, you can't really use the phrase "The Man" in a non-ironic sense. At least when you're talking about The Man, as opposed to telling somebody they're the man.

Which is kinda awkward, when it's all said and done, because The Man is still around, but how are you supposed to talk about it without a phrase to contain the concept?

Date: 2006-09-01 04:43 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] frustratedpilot.livejournal.com
And I can still hear his laughter
And I can still hear his song
The Man's too big
The Man's Too Strong
--Dire Straits

Are you talking about the concept of the Authority Figure? I mean, that's what comes to mind.

Date: 2006-09-01 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] forsythferret.livejournal.com
Yes. The Man. The one who's keeping us down, man.

Date: 2006-09-01 06:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-s-guy.livejournal.com
It doesn't help when we've gotten older and some of us are or have been The Man. I spent half my adult life as a government employee. Never actually been The Boss, or someone who makes policy, but even so.

Date: 2006-09-01 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evilcarp.livejournal.com
You just can't use that phrase because you are the Man.

Date: 2006-09-01 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] forsythferret.livejournal.com
I'm a sales drone at a megacorp! I'm The Man's pinky toe!

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