“Everything in Facebook is reduced to the size of its founder. Blue, because it turns out Zuckerberg is red-green color-blind. “Blue is the richest color for me—I can see all of blue.” Poking, because that’s what shy boys do to girls they are scared to talk to. Preoccupied with personal trivia, because Mark Zuckerberg thinks the exchange of personal trivia is what “friendship” is.”—Generation Why? by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books
“So anyway, I was browsing around the other day when I noticed that someone had bought a bunch of Whip-It! whipped cream chargers. Four 50-packs for around $115. “Whoa!” I exclaimed to my wife, “Someone out there really likes whipped cream!”—High on ecommerce
“Sir David Richards, the head of British forces, has declared that a military victory against al-Qa’ida and the Taliban is not possible. Attempts by the West to achieve this were unnecessary, said Sir David Richards, the Chief of General Staff, who also defended the right of fundamentalist Muslims to adhere to beliefs which underpin their lives. He stressed that one cannot defeat ideas merely through fighting wars.”—
I was watching an episode of Season 3 of the Wire last night, where the District Commander said. And I’m paraphrasing, because I can’t find the quote online “We’re not Police anymore, as soon as we declared War on Drugs, we became soldiers in a war, not police. Now we’re an occupying force”
“To anyone who’s a bit freaked out over Asians taking over universities, I have two things to say: Would it kill you to crack open a math book once in a while and solve for x?
Remember the sage words of “Jack” (the TV exec on 30 Rock played by Alec Baldwin): “This country was built by immigrants. The first generation works their fingers to the bone building it from the ground up. The second generation goes to college, drives innovation, and makes a better life for their families. The third generation…[sigh] snowboards and takes improv classes.”—Yellow Peril 2.0 — The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century
“He writes of a visit to Russia, when Putin showed him his black Labrador, Koni. “Bigger, stronger, and faster than Barney,” Putin bragged. Later, when W. recounted this to Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, Harper drolly noted, “You’re lucky he only showed you his dog.”—‘Blindsided’ - A President’s Story - NYTimes.com Apparently Harper does have a sense of humour sometimes…
I read that Robert Fowler article, but I thought the title should be “Grumpy old man thinks young people are ruining society” Why am I not surprised to see you with a blog post that could have the same headline?
The fact is, neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives are speaking to issues that young people care about. Even the NDP is seen as a bunch of hide-bound Union activists amongst younger voters. Younger voters care deeply about Social Justice, the environment and education. Are any of these issues on the radar of the Liberals or the (Hah!) Conservatives?
The parties that do engage younger voters are seen as fringe parties, and voting for one of them is seen as “throwing away your vote”. Why bother going all the way to the polling station to throw something away?
Andrew Jeanes linked to this talk by Dave Meslin that addresses some other points that are brought up by Fowler and Gray, and even has some suggestions on fixing it.