Frances E. Kendall, Understanding White Privilege (via nadashannon)
This is wonderful. In college, we talked about philosophy as if it were warfare. “Defend your position.” “Take the best line of attack.” “Shoot him down here.” Ever since, I’ve been very wary of metaphors. They’re powerful, and they can distort and alienate.
This is a great point. I remember reading a book around 13 years ago about a large travel agency (at the time) that had a policy of picking a class of metaphors for use in meetings. As in, one week football metaphors would be acceptable but the following week it would be something like dressmaking, then fishing, etc. I tried to find it but didn’t have any luck with some quick Googling.
The time I spent in college with non-American born roommates (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, and Russian) was my first exposure to this. If your goal is to communicate with people who don’t obsess about football or war to the degree that you do, you may have more success if you don’t use language that’s foreign to them.
I’ve for sure picked up on these same themes - we recently had a large global leadership meeting and the North American folks used like a million baseball analogies that I’m sure were lost on a lot of others - but keeping it real, it sounded just as silly to someone who understands baseball. Clownish and desperate to communicate a point. And I think it’s important to realize that there are people who make lazy dumb metaphors in meetings and there are people who routinely and insensitively bring their own lexicon to the conversation and I feel like there are a lot more of the former than the later.
Totally hit this one out of the park, you guys.
- Inequality in America today is twice as bad as in ancient Rome, worse than it was in in Tsarist Russia, Gilded Age America, modern Egypt, Tunisia or Yemen, many banana republics in Latin America, and worse than experienced by slaves in 1774 colonial America
- It’s the highest level of inequality ever recorded in the U.S.
- It’s worse in America than in any other developed nation
- Staggering inequality in America has become permanent
- There are 2 economies: one for the rich, and the other for everyone else
- The economy has only recovered for the 1% … the rest of the country is more or less stuck in adepression
- The super-rich are raking in more than ever
- On the other end, more and more people are sliding into poverty
- 1 out of every 5 households in the United States is on food stamps
- The middle class has more or less been destroyed
Some good reads in here. I had read the Salon piece already. The camaro and waterbed stuff was prety much my neighborhood growing up.
Our 3 million metro residents are about to be forced into high-density urban apartments and condos, relying almost entirely on bicycles, streetcars and trains to manage our lives. Wake up to the new urban realities, folks. Our leftist, urban progressives are about to spend nearly $2 billion on a silly train that no one wants traversing their neighborhoods; a train that few will ride and metro taxpayers will have to subsidize forever.
If you don’t start voicing your objections to their hijacking the way of life the vast majority of us have chosen, they will prevail. Welcome to your 1,500-square-foot condo somewhere near a train you never want to use and a lifestyle totally foreign to what so many of us strive for. Do your homework. Speak out. Demand a future that makes sense for you and your children.
That’s why Target recruited millennials with large YouTube followings, like gamer Brooke “Dodger” Leigh and actor-musician Chester See, to live in special cube-like dorm rooms constructed on a dollhouse-like outdoor set in Los Angeles. In addition to interacting with followers on Twitter, the celebrities make an occasional plug for the Target products adorning their rooms.
“Everything you see here you can buy at Target,” said Rahat, a young magician best known for a YouTube video that pranked fast-food workers with a ghost-driven car. “They are super eccentric, cool, and hip.”
Pointing to the microwave oven, he said “Look, I just made mac and cheese!”
From ‘Target pursues college students with Bullseye University’, which taught me that a youtube prankster making mac and cheese in a microwave is pure marketing genius when trying to sell shower caddies to college-bound millennials. I was surprised but also maybe not surprised.
My favorite part is the ‘super eccentric’ part.