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    And Crown Thy Good


    Quote: “I’m living the American dream!”   Taylor Hicks, the new American Idol.

    Figure of Speech: commonplace, the boiled-down public belief.

    Who says Americans don’t vote?  The “American Idol” finale tallied 63.4 million votes — more, bragged host Ryan Seacrest, “than any president in the history of our country has ever received.”  Sigh.

    The winner expressed his joy with a commonplace, an expression that encapsulates an audience’s beliefs.  If it’s vapid and overused, it can cross the line into cliche.  But Aristotle himself made the commonplace the centerpiece of his enthymeme.

    And for good reason.  The “American Dream” boils down the Horatio Alger myth: through pluck and God-given luck, a person can rise from poverty and obscurity to become rich and famous.  It’s actually been getting more difficult to cross social classes in America.  Which makes the American Dream — and “American Idol” — more compelling than ever.

    Snappy Answer:  “I’m living the pop culture nightmare!”

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    Reader Comments (3)

    ... when are you running for presidency ?

    you'd have my vote ;)
    May 25, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterashling
    i'm deadly serious !!!
    May 25, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterashling
    Figaro would much rather win 63.4 million votes in the "American Orator" contest. First, though, there has to BE an American Orator contest.
    May 30, 2006 | Registered CommenterFigaro

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