As you are no doubt aware, this is a blog. But as of now, Things Bogans Like is also
a two book(s).
Boganomics is not a sequel to Things Bogans Like, the inexplicably popular misadventure in amateur sociology that launched a million boats, caused a million dinner-party discussion and likely resulted in a million glassed cunts. That book was merely a catalogue, a list that existed primarily as a result of a drunken debate and an attempt to piggyback off someone else’s better idea.
This book is not about purple suits, large energy drinks, Coldplay or cheap petrol, yet it is about all of those things. And it is certainly not about to make us rich or famous. It is simply a text book. Having spent over two years rigorously indexing and logging incidences of the national bogan footprint, we at the Boganomics Institute decided that we needed to look deeper. These are out stories.
Please find below the nice things that the publisher had us write for the blurb:
From the bestselling authors of THINGS BOGANS LIKE comes a not-quite scientific study of all things bogan. E. Chas McSween et al have compiled this in-depth historical, sociological, geographic and cultural study that traces bogan culture back to society’s very foundation, as well as identifying prototypical and stereotypical bogans through time. Brief discussion of the bogan of the 19th century, morphing to pre-war, then to the popularly held notion of the ‘bogan’ being 80s metal, flannel and Victoria Bitter. After exploring this stereotypical example they then track the leap to the 21st century bogan, clad in garish garb, holding their nationalism close to their chest and slavishly following every celebrity trend in magazines. BOGANOMICS is an important book as understanding is a bridge to unity. Read this book to broaden your knowlege …or to laugh …a lot.
The (first) book contains the best stuff from the blog, along with a couple of dozen brand new topics, new images, AND unacceptable trans-Tasman immigrant Richard Wilkins on the front cover. Place it proudly on your coffee table to demonstrate your awareness of the bogan menace, or give it as an elegant gift to those who are in need of education in the nuanced field of Boganomics. Either way, you just can’t lose! It’s in shops around the country as of October 28, and is also available via all of the normal online means.
This bit of text is so that the next subheading doesn’t start until after the bottom of the photo on the left. It is strictly functional in nature.
Here are some additional things – let’s start with a link to a review, which suggests that the reviewer has benefited both socially and emotionally from reading the TBL book:
And here is the tantalising summary that our publisher uses to induce bookshops to stock said book. It is at least 20% more diplomatic than we ourselves are:
THINGS BOGANS LIKE is a revolutionary manifesto that lifts the lid on the secret sect of the bogan.
The word bogan has a bad rap; first impressions are still associated with flannelette, VB, utes and mullets. But this would be wrong. The bogan has advanced and needs new explanation, evolution has cursed (or blessed, depending on your thinking) us with a modern version. The bogan with money. The bogan with aspirations. The bogan with Ed Hardy t-shirts. The new bogan will not rest until it owns a plasma TV so large that Rove McManus becomes six feet tall for the first time.Today s bogan defies income, class, race, creed, gender, religion and logic. Now the bogan is defined by what it does, what it says and, most importantly, what it buys. Those who choose to deny the bogan on the basis of their North Shore home, their stockbroking career or their massive trust fund choose not to see the real bogan. Many bogans are affluent and perhaps are working in that same stockbroking firm and sharing a Corona with you over Friday night drinks. They set themselves apart by their efforts to stand out by conforming as furiously, and conspicuously, as possible.The authors, six self-confessed snobs, have drawn on their friends, family, neighbours, workmates and that guy who always jumps the queue at the bar, to show the evolution of the much-loved Australian bogan, their modern desires, and how we can either join them or mock them.This will be a groundbreaking sociological publication and, far more importantly, the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who has ever bought a Buddhist-themed water feature, Ed Hardy t-shirt or watched Today Tonight.
And here is a picture of Lleyton Hewitt, rumoured to have been taken immediately after reading the TBL book and discovering that many of the things that he likes are extremely bogan:
Conclusionarily, here are the condensed summaries of the bios (the full bios in the book are accompanied by actual photos of us) which are in the front of the book:
The six self-confessed snobs responsible for this maxtreme study are:
Intravenus De Milo: Now living in Australia, smug in the satisfaction that he is pretty much the smartest person in the country.
Melbourne and Sana’a, Yemen-based Hunter McKenzie-Smythe: Completed an Arts degree and skied the world until experiencing an epiphany and converted to Sunni Islam.
Flash Johnson: Born from an egg on a Peruvian mountaintop in 1986, Flash set sail for Australia – the site of the world’s most advanced bogan colony, and now resides in Melbourne.
Enron Hubbard: Since his arrest for civil unrest while defending battery hens, militant vegan Ron lives as a hermit, fearful of reprisals from angry bogans who value their low-cost, high-quantity egg and poultry goods.
E. Chas McSween: Adopted at the age of eight by visiting celebrity bogan Greg Evans, and relocated to a household full of Ken Done prints and Jive Bunny CDs.
Michael Jayfox: From the lush bogan habitat of Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. Initially planning to sell the bogan maxtreme products that it didn’t need, he became distracted by the study of bogan creature itself, and began writing of its ways.
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