If you were asked to describe yourself, where would you begin? Would you start with your hair colour, your age or your height? Would you mention your job, or that you have children? Maybe you’d talk about things you enjoy (like flowers or hugs) or things you don’t (like Nazis or hemorrhoids). With very little prompting, you’d have plenty to say. And people who knew you would probably agree…probably.
But what if you were asked to describe your society, or your culture? What if you had to explain to an alien what’s normal for the people around you: to define what’s mainstream?
Could you do it? And even if you could, do you think other people would agree?
At the Wholesome Show, we hate* this kind of speculation. We want to know how to measure mainstream, to assess average. We want facts, and proof, and evidence and also facts. We want to find out if it’s true that the average family has 2.4 kids (and if so, does the 0.4 kid have two arms and no legs, or one leg and one arm?). We need to know if all Australian citizens eat meat pies and think Hugh Jackman should be Prime Minister. We also yearn to learn if this sort of information is of any real value. To anyone. Anywhere.
That’s why in our spellbinding first episode, the vaguely good drs lamberts and grant unpack the question that has plagued all of humanity everywhere since before the Big Bang – how do we know if someone is normal: how can we tell if they are truly one of us?
(*we love this kind of speculation)