November 24th, 2006

oc: summer sitting

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viggorlijah ponders the crazy world of advertising:
"I was up till 6am working on The Riverkids Shop, which I guess is my big announcement. I still have to put length/width dimensions in and some more links but you can do a fully functioning order, complete with accurate shipping - damnit, gift wrapping options has to be turned on. After my second cup of coffee. But yes. Go buy pretty things instead of children!

commonreader did not think that was an appropriate tag for the shop."

Big Apple, Big Schmapple, where's the beef?

camwyn is thankful for a few things.

- New York City. I might have fits of "OH MY GOD WHY DOES HUMANITY DO THIS TO ITSELF" at times when I'm in the city (and by 'the city' I nearly always mean NYC, although Newark comes a close second), but you still can't beat New York for being a place where anything can be found and anything can happen. No, Toronto, I don't care what you think of yourselves. New York still wins. You can't beat our surrealism. When was the last time a guy in Toronto got an audience for demonstrating the use of a potato peeler in public? Using an actual potato? Shut up. New York wins.

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birch_household replies to John McWhorter's recent commentary:

"When my six-year-old hits his three-year-old brother and takes his truck, I put him in time-out and demand an apology. I realize that the apology is nothing more than a public acknowledgement of the transgression. His apology won’t make his brother stop crying or convince me that he’s capable of regretting his action in a fully mature fashion with an implicit agreement that he won’t hit his brother or take his toys again. None-the-less, I get the apology in order to teach him that I, and society, think hitting is wrong and that toy taking is, at best, frowned upon.

In his commentary "Do We Really Care What Kramer Thinks?" John McWhorter posits that Michael Richards’ apology for his racist statements is insincere and self-serving. Why, he asks, demand an apology that can neither heal the wrong nor convince people that Richards sincerely regrets his outburst. McWhorter asks, "Why go through the meaningless ritual of seeking insincere apologies that don't serve any purpose?"

I think we do it for the same reason I do it with my kids. It’s important for us, as a society, to know that our wishes are being heard. Richards’ apology isn’t about being sorry; it’s about a public condemnation of racism. His apology means that he heard our outrage at his words and actions. Whether or not Michael Richards thinks he was justified or over the top isn’t at issue. What is at issue is our need, as a society; to reinforce values we think are important. I was pleased to hear him apologize. It means that we’ve come forward, at least a few steps, from the days when public figures could spew racist, sexist, homophobic, or anti-Jewish sentiments without worrying about how to phrase an apology afterwards.

Besides forcing public figures, whether Mel Gibson or Michael Richards, to apologize when they act like out-of-control six-year-olds makes it easier for me to tell my kids "See, grown-ups need to apologize and you do too. Now give him back the truck." "