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While I agree with #1, I know too many people who take this too far. Although the American workplace has become much more casual over the last two decades, appearances do still matter in business. I wish that talent spoke for itself, but I don't think that it always does--especially when working with people from older generations or industries. Also, I'm all for casual, as long as you're still dressing like an adult.
Having started my career at music magazines and record labels, I wore absolutely whatever I wanted. I would roll into work with wild hair and wearing ripped jeans, flip flops, and a t-shirt. Ninety percent of the time this was OK. When I needed an older colleague to take me seriously, though, I was often out of luck. I still dress pretty casually, but it's now adult, groomed casual.
If it weren't for "Seinfeld", we wouldn't have "Arrested Development", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or most of today's best TV comedies.
If it weren't for "Friends", we wouldn't have "Cougar Town".
I know some folks with a ridiculous number of followers who don't have very good content. They're just shameless self-promoters or people who follow a stupid number of people in hopes of getting them to follow back. Conversely, some of the most valuable content on Twitter comes from folks with few followers. They quietly do things well, but they don't make a fuss about it.
Of course I easily get distracted by the numbers of Twitter, but I'm trying to stay aware that (as McMedia said) it's about quality over quantity.
You bring up great points. We're about the same age, and I'm glad that you're looking at issues of values and substance.