Comments: Bobo-at-Large.

everything's got a label...and everyone.
And yes, a lot of information tech people fit into this category..i do, too,no doubt.
LOL, whatever.

Posted by susan at October 16, 2004 04:46 PM

Run, do not walk your browser over to Amazon and get a copy of Commodify Your Dissent -- it'll help you sort it out a lot faster, and laugh while you're doing it.

Seems like everybody is trying to lay some trip on everybody else. I picked up a book called Confessions of a Slacker Mom -- which started out encouragingly enough, dismantling one bad trip by making fun of all the stuff your kid must have -- classical music for babies, the right preschool, enrichment activities -- or be stunted forever. But after taking off one trip she just lays another one right on down, saying that she has a 3X3 toy box for her kid, and if her kids' toys don't fit, they don't have them -- if they get a new toy, they have to choose to throw another one out. This sadism comes under the oh-so-respectable heading of Voluntary Simplicity.

The hell with that crap. Do you like your computer? Did the tomatoes smell and taste good? Are you having fun? The tomatoes and computers didn't cause bodily harm to anyone or defraud little old ladies of their pensions? No? Then who cares what anybody says. I mean that "everybody's got to be a rebel and utterly unique thing" is a trip, too -- it's the same one used to sell SUVs and identical Levi's. It's ok to have things in common with other people -- it's called community and shared values and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it as long as that community doesn't try to mess with the life and happiness of any other community. Last time I checked, heirloom tomatoes weren't a threat to world peace.

Just because David Brooks calls it bobo doesn't mean he knows what the hell he's talking about.

Say it loud, I love nice tomatoes and nice computers, and I'm proud!

Posted by Lisa Williams at October 16, 2004 07:49 PM