Links to Things I Like

Tall Poppy Syndrome

  • The Death of Adulthood In American Culture. I talked about the tragic loss of American adulthood in an interview with Free Lunch Diaries a couple years ago. Oddly, people are also talking about the death of American Childhood. Maybe we’re all merging into a single, unstratified Age. Which is approximately 17.
  • Do you Speak Startup? It’s easy to agree with this article, since it builds on one of my earlier blog posts.
  • The “Ringo Starr Strategy” is a concept I came up with today, which means, if you can’t be great at something, surround yourself with people who are.
  • The Law of Jante, which is the Scandinavian tendency to put the collective before the individual, but is another way of describing Tall Poppy Syndrome (a term I didn’t realize had its origins in The Histories of Herodotus). I first learned of The Law of Jante in an interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard.

Author: Caterina Fake

Literature, Art, Poetry, Homeschooling Mother. Founder & CEO, Findery. Co-founder, Flickr & Hunch.

3 thoughts on “Links to Things I Like”

  1. Each one concerns authority, with which we are ill at ease, if not schizophrenic, though we’ve been crawling toward the crisis for centuries.


  2. I wouldn’t have said they were about Authority, but about the perpetual tension between the individual and the group, or the minority and the majority. Which may be another way of talking about authority, indeed.


  3. the first time i heard of the tall poppy syndrome was from the notaire that sold me my house in France… he asked me, ‘do you how we grow all the sunflowers in france to the same height?’. and i said no. and he said, ‘we like to cut the heads off the tall ones.’


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