[FoRK] The War Against Youth (Was: We are in the Age of Personal Responsibility | Penelope Trunk Blog)

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Aug 15 15:57:04 PDT 2012


On 8/15/12 1:03 PM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
>
> --- On Wed, 8/15/12, J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at jarbox.org> wrote:
>
>> On Aug 15, 2012, at 10:43 AM, "Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo <ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca>
>> wrote:
>>> Thanks Jeff.  I actually found this link in the
>> article to be even more interesting.  Obviously she
>> found it very interesting, too, since she linked it not once
>> but twice, intentionally.
>>> http://www.esquire.com/features/young-people-in-the-recession-0412
>>
>> While I do not disagree with the basic thrust of this
>> article, it is fully of misleading and dubious assertions.
>> For example:
>>
>>   [snip]
>>
>> And so on. Every big problem is an opportunity to demagogue
>> for personal political preferences that have nothing to do
>> with the problem. (see also: climate change)
>>
> Agreed.  Even if one doesn't agree that it's demagoguery, it's all too often hyperbole.
>
> Another example of this tendency is nearly everyone's habit of speaking in superlatives about even the most mundane.  My brother and I were commenting on this a couple of days ago after [sort of] watching a couple hours of TV including a news program and a couple of "interview" programs.  Both the interviewers and interviewees seemed to be in a contest to see who could out-hype the other when describing some truly trivial stuff.  You sort of expect it from fluff interview shows but it's annoying when it's supposed to be news reporting.
>
>             ...ken...
>
Being understated is British.  We have to have some way for the rest of the world to distinguish us.

sdw


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