For one, the whole concept of "alpha male" is going out of vogue, now that research
has shown that animal groups (particularly the wolf packs from whence the term was popularized) tend to get structured like that in captivity
, with specimens on top of the hierarchy really being otherwise useless bullies. In the wild, packs are usually family units with the dominant pair simply being the literal Team Mom
and Team Dad
, whose behavior is actually closer to "beta" stereotypes.
Consequently, it makes sense that type "A"s would dominate the highly competitive yet socially limited and creatively sterile
corporate environment, while actual social and technological advancements are put forward by soft-spoken nerds with better things to do than fight over the biggest piece of a shrinking pie.
Even in the past, cooperation and brain power were prized much more than competition and brute strength. Both warfare and manual labor were, as they are now, far more dependent on careful planning, disciplined teamwork, and technological solutions, than on individual champions using physical force. The sheer difference between legendary tales of mighty heroes, and actual military manuals, shows that Hollywood Tactics
in fiction pretty much predate Hollywood by millennia.
To summarize, brawn was never the dominant trait to begin with, nor was the "alpha male" anything more than an exaggerated action-hero used for light entertainment. If anything, the all-but-unachievable living and social standards
prominent in modern media may have actually created more
anxiety over social and financial standing than before. But again - that's just entertainment; not really an accurate reflection of society as a whole.
edited 30th Jan '14 12:21:02 AM by indiana404