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10 November 2008

Weekend Reading Roundup

So, do you finally agree that it's time for Andy Reid to hit the road? I hope so. But I'm gonna keep on being happy, despite the loss to the Giants. Instead, I'm going to share a few links to stories I read over the weekend, you know, to get my mind off the last-place Birds.

From Obama's victory-night flickr album

Obviously, much ink is still being spilt upon President-Elect Obama. And it's some pretty interesting ink, as well.
From the Times, comes a piece about "Generation O," which succinctly captures the essense of what Obama's victory means in a couple paragraphs. These paragraphs:

Only a Fugees-loving, pick-up-basketball-playing, biracial president-elect would send supporters an e-mail message on election night that said: “I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.”
He signed it simply “Barack.” After all, they were close. He and his biggest fans, the generation of young adults who voted for him in record numbers, together had slogged through 21 months of campaigning. And in his moment of victory, Barack Obama shared the glow of success.
“All of this happened because of you,” the e-mail message said. “We just made history.”
With that simple “we” in millions of in-boxes, the post-baby-boomer era seems to have begun. The endless “us versus them” battles of the ’60s, over Vietnam, abortion, race and gender, at least for a moment last week, seemed as out-of-touch as a rotary phone. Of course, that was Mr. Obama’s goal. In his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” he was explicit in his desire to move beyond “the psychodrama of the Baby Boom generation — a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago.”

That "we" line does signal a cultural seachange, fo sho. Just check out the by-demographic-group graphic breakdown in the Times, or the excellent shifting-Delaware-Valley graphic in the Inquirer which, as best I can tell, isn't online, but should be.
Also worth noting:
-- What Obama's advisors are telling the Times when it comes to immediacy of priorities, with a breakdown of what the president elect promised, and what seems likely in the new fiscal atmosphere.
-- How Comcast plans on sidling up to new pres to get what they want because they gave a lot of money. Can you say labor/management war?
-- Saudi Arabia tries couch therapy for jihadists. That oughta work.

-- From Rolling Stone, the Jerry-less Dead in State College, Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops dies, AC/DC rehearsing in Bensalem (?!) and the brutality (and stupidity) of the Mexican drug war.
-- And, a lady in Illinois lived with her dead relatives. Since the early 80s.


Blogger ConnectingTheDots said...

Interesting post and blog. Relevantly, many prominent experts and publications have pointed out that Obama is part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and GenXers.
This link takes you to a page you may find interesting: it has, among other things, excerpts from publications like Newsweek and the New York Times, and videos with over 25 top pundits, all talking specifically about Obama’s identity as a GenJoneser:

11:06 AM  
Blogger Cheesesteak the Impaler said...

Strangely wasn't aware of Comcast's labor issues. That said, I think the bigger fish is the second half of the article's focus on regulatory issues.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Cheesesteak the Impaler said...

One more thing, re: Saudi jihadi rehab program. Despite your skepticism, there's been considerable evidence that this sort of deprogramming is very effective. There's been, as the article alludes, considerable success in Singapore, Yemen, and Egypt. So much, that some in those states are considering a "pre-emptive" program in the jails which sometimes function as recruiting grounds for Queda and similar ideological organizations.
In other words, it oughta work, because it does work.

1:28 AM  

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