Utah was the home of Alphacon — an event that was heavily publicized in Utah.
It recently was held and the bottom line is that the con under delivered and then panicked when a very small reporter was covering it.
The biggest news was when they evicted her without explanation.
The whole story is below.
What do you think?
I bet most Alphas think they are self-sufficient independent A-kickers. But it turns out that they need a tribe too. They need self-help just as much as much as the next guy. Hey it’s a free country. Go for it.
What a bunch of nonsense. To the extent that I have succeeded in my own profession, I have done so by giving Christ-like service to my colleagues and customers. I am a strong believer in “reciprocal altruism.” Help others even at your cost and you will later reap the benefits including financial. I am now a very nuanced member of the Church. But I am very grateful for my mission experience because it taught me how to serve and teach others.
So basically instead of being the best, alpha is actually just half-baked and nowhere near ready for public consumption.
This story is interesting in light of a real wannabe alpha invading a country as we speak. The ego, the toxic masculinity – it is literally deadly.
Let me get this straight . . .
There was a conference, in Utah, spread out over a couple days, where (from all appearances on the promo poster) white male men stood up and proclaimed their success and dominance, lauded their accomplishments, told the audience to act more like them, didn’t really share anything of substance, urged folks to ignore the world at large, to focus on being “alphas,” and reap prosperity and success? And then someone who was sending out over social media critical or humorous takes on the event and messages was asked to leave the group?
Okay, yeah, makes perfect sense actually.
So that’s why Zelph on the shelf was promoting a Beta con! When you don’t live in Utah, half of my social media feed makes no sense.
Influencers gotta influence to put a roof over their heads and food on their tables. Influencer lives matter.
I listened to Meg’s podcast recap on Strangerville (there’s a part 2 teed up on my list for today that I haven’t listened to yet). I mean, it’s kind of hilarious. There’s an element of “Did the guy running this, The Bull, really understand how people view the word Alpha?” The company he built is named Alpha, so there’s some sense that he named it that before people started jokingly referring to guys steeped in toxic masculinity “Alphas,” but also he is pretty much steering into that Alpha thing at the same time, while whining that other people were “offended” by the term, which literally no one was. People just thought it was a joke, most likely a knowing joke about the term, but it appears that it was in earnest. Also, the content of the presentations appeared to be a true mixed bag. A few well-worn truisms, not a lot of “how to” aside from boasting of the speaker’s own results (but no ability to articulate how to replicate these results), and some claims about what the conference had cost to put on that, if true (which seems really unlikely), reveal a stunning lack of business skills. Them asking her to leave is kind of a capstone to the whole thing. She says she came with an open mind, although assuming the name was a knowing joke, and at least got a very strange story out of it, if not actual useful business advice. Some of the slides presented, particularly the one on the world being full of evil that included a picture of corn, were just bizarre.
My youngest daughter signals me whenever she is talking about an obvious “Alpha.” She simply holds up her pinky finger. It is a running joke. I think she picked it up as a kid when watching “Les Miserables.” Always was a smart girl. Alphas aren’t dominant. They are mostly insecure men worried about ED.
Alpha con, schmalpha con. My only question is whether they fixed their use of the wrong Greek letter as the DIY logo in their promo publicity. (Lambda does not signify alpha to people who know)
I saw the ad for Alphacon weeks ago and totally thought it was a joke. Guys like that (deeply insecure, toxic masculine stereotypes) have become a parody of themselves.
I recently read a theory that these “Alpha” type people project strength because they are insecure with themselves and are seeking validation from others. They tend to get angry when they don’t receive validation from others.
According to the theory, real strength comes from living true to yourself and not needing the validation of others (although it is always nice to have it). When you’re living true to yourself, you’re able to listen to other people (even criticism) without being threatened by their views.
This seems to be a pretty accurate portrayal of that theory. – The person presenting the theory didn’t say that we should pity or feel bad for these guys, rather they just need to grow up and learn to be real men. Interesting.
Whether or not it was well publicized, I only heard about narcissist con, er, alpha con, from people that were mocking it.
Regarding Jack Hughes comment, no, looking at the article and pictures from the conference it is apparent that they used a lambda (Λ) in the logo and promotional videos throughout the con. Actually, mistakenly using a lambda might be the charitable assumption; the logo also looks like a Spartan shield and at least one person is saying that of a symbol associated with fascism. That symbol and its meaning is new to me though, and I haven’t been able to confirm a link to fascism yet. So take that with a boulder of salt. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you see in the Internet”.
I guess i meant to refer to Mdearest’s comment and not Jack Hughes.
I laughed my head off at this tweet, in which a barista at the Grand American reports that alpha con attendees kept coming in and asking if they had anything with meat. I’d like a large cafe con carne, please!
Comments on the DN article are interesting.
Part 2 of the Strangerville podcast included an interview with a guy who also attended but didn’t get kicked out. It was quite similar to what Meg said except a lot more Trumpy, including a “Let’s Go Brandon” chant led by the speaker. Also, a lot of casual misogyny, including putting up pictures of the types of women you’ll attract if you’re NOT an Alpha and the types you’ll attract if you ARE, which honestly sounded almost word for word like Brigham Young boasting that he could get more young women to marry him than the young men could.