“But for all its familiarity, pre-adulthood represents a momentous sociological development. It’s no exaggeration to say that having large numbers of single young men and women living independently, while also having enough disposable income to avoid ever messing up their kitchens, is something entirely new in human experience. Yes, at other points in Western history young people have waited well into their 20s to marry, and yes, office girls and bachelor lawyers have been working and finding amusement in cities for more than a century. But their numbers and their money supply were always relatively small. Today’s pre-adults are a different matter. They are a major demographic event.”—
Thanks for this, @sarpasays. Good rainy Friday reading.
““I’d rather be smart than be an actor,” Pinocchio tells Jiminy Cricket in the Disney film, after he escapes from Stromboli’s circus. In the infinitely expansive world of Web diversion, it seems as if babies and children exist only as actors. And what they perform is often some impersonation of adulthood. It is as if the idea of innocence has become so alien to us that we must use the camera to transform children into reassuring reflections of our adult selves, and of our highest adult priorities.”—
And our generation is the first to deal with the question of babies on Facebook. Is it an too private to post baby photos in your news feed, or is it just another announcement about ones life - an update for friends and family? What will it mean when we have access to the first photos of a potential US President? What does it mean when the babies are old enough to realize they’ve been on display to the public since before they knew how to eat on their own, let alone make decisions about their personal privacy. It’s a weird, weird, thing that’s happening, guys.
“Glaeser’s essential contention is that “cities magnify humanity’s strengths.” They spur innovation by facilitating face-to-face interaction, they attract talent and sharpen it through competition, they encourage entrepreneurship, and they allow for social and economic mobility. Glaeser takes us on a world tour of urban economics, collecting passport stamps in Athens, London, Tokyo, Bangalore, Kinshasa, Houston, Boston, Singapore and Vancouver. Along the way, he explains how urban density contributed to the birth of restaurants, why supermarket check-out clerks demonstrate the competitive advantage such density confers and how the birth of Def Jam Records illustrates the way cities spur artistic innovation. Here, his enthusiasm for cities is refreshing.”—Need to keep reading. Not sure how I feel yet. Either way - so interesting.
Finally had a chance to skim this article @sarpasays sent me.
Not sure how I feel about it overall, but I think I love it. Especially the end:
Alright, so that’s the bad news. The good news is that I believe every woman who wants to can find a great partner. You’re just going to need to get rid of the idea that marriage will make you happy. It won’t. Once the initial high wears off, you’ll just be you, except with twice as much laundry.
Because ultimately, marriage is not about getting something — it’s about giving it. Strangely, men understand this more than we do. Probably because for them marriage involves sacrificing their most treasured possession — a free-agent penis — and for us, it’s the culmination of a princess fantasy so universal, it built Disneyland.
The bottom line is that marriage is just a long-term opportunity to practice loving someone even when they don’t deserve it. Because most of the time, your messy, farting, macaroni-and-cheese eating man will not be doing what you want him to. But as you give him love anyway — because you have made up your mind to transform yourself into a person who is practicing being kind, deep, virtuous, truthful, giving, and most of all, accepting of your own dear self — you will find that you will experience the very thing you wanted all along:
“The “I’m part of a social media startup” is the new: “I’m in a band,” (circa 60s-90s), is the new: “I work on Wall St,” (circa 80-90s), is the new: “I started this really cool Zine,” (circa 90s), is the new: “I write for the New Yorker,” (circa 60-80s), is the new: “I hang out with artists on the Bowery,” (circa 60-70s), is the new: “I’m a poet from Paris.” (circa 20-50s), etc. Our advice to the ladies? Do.not.date.these.guys. They are having their moment, which means they are certainly not primed to give you yours…”—
Interesting that this paradigm is relevant even here in NY (and not just in Cali). I have a few friends with “I’m the head of a startup” boyfriends, which usually just means he’s charismatic, entrepreneurial and a little (or a lot) nerdy. Also that he knows how to get money from people. Either way, I find the above funny. And true, I guess.
Sometimes people ask what I do at my job. Well, debating the issues at hand in this article takes up a lot of my time. Fascinating, cutting-edge stuff in the world of online publishing/content creation.
My take? Balance, duh. As a sometimes journalist and always client-facing program manager of a for-profit online publication, the PV vs. quality line is delicate, to say the least. I shudder to think that we will all become content farms, but I understand the page view drive. Hiring thoughtful editors and educating bottom-line driven clients helps, but we *must* strike a balance.
“Charlotte has won the 2012 Democratic National Convention. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the choice this morning in an email to members of the Democratic National Committee. “I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news,” she wrote. “Charlotte, North Carolina will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012. “Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.”—