September 20, 2010

Real people do stupid things in high school...

I like this post by Lexington Green, Witchcraft as a Class Signifier:

...The smug people who run the mainstream media have lived their lives in a cocoon. I imagine them all spending their squeaky clean, college-focused, uptight, upper-middle-class teenage lives worrying about their SAT scores and living in terror of hurting their chances of getting into an Ivy.

Millions of other people spend those same years working after school changing the oil in the deep-fryer, getting demerits and doing detention, taking drugs, dealing drugs, smoking cigarettes, getting drunk in the woods, getting in fights, listening to loud music, getting pulled over for driving Dad's car too fast, driving on the back of their boyfriends' motorcycles without a helmet, throwing up in the bushes, getting arrested at a loud party for lipping off to the cops, getting screamed at by their (single) Mom when they showed up home at 2:00 a.m., and so on. Some of them end up in prison. But most of them turn out OK, anyway....

I've known some little high school over-achievers who are going off to a "good" college to study journalism. That's just too too crazy to me. Maybe because I still have an interior picture of the journalist reporter as a hard-drinking chain-smoking working-class guy burning up shoe leather to get stories about murders and sports and political scandals.

The thought of a prissy journalist is just too stupid for words.

And as for prissy politicians, Lex writes...

...I suppose we will have to always have Senators who are clenched, careerist, smooth, zero defect people with their memorized talking points and brittle hair and a phony laugh, who are comfortable with wealthy lobbyists and the protocols of places where the people with big money spend their time. That whole insider schtick makes them "electable." It is also boring and pathetic. And it is not what most of America is all about. For now, these guys own the place. And they are supposed to be wicked smart. Just ask them. But they are doing a piss poor job. They may not be dumb, but they have botched things anyway. They have dug a multi-trillion dollar hole they expect the rest of us to dig out of.

You could not do much worse even if you were praying to Satan the whole time...
Posted by John Weidner at September 20, 2010 10:21 AM
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