Monday, November 18, 2013

Shortest blog post ever

Because all I have to say to this is AMEN.

Go and read.  It's so, so true.


Elizabeth said...

Typical whiny Gen-Xer boomer bashing, which does not mind lying outright to make a nasty "point." Let's not let facts get in our way when we decide to trash 75 MILLION people.

The memories being played ad nauseum on the media are almost all from people who were adults in 1963, which leaves exactly NO boomers, the eldest of whom were 17 in 1963.

I saw only one boomer commentary this weekend, in which he pointed out that it was our elders who moved from post-war optimism to a kind of defeated cynicism after that day. The observations were full of compassion for our elders- something Gen-Xers apparently still have to work on. (Note the irony? Does it feel good to be trashed as part of a cohort? Sheesh.)

Red Cardigan said...

Um, Elizabeth, unless I'm greatly mistaken Mark Shea is a Boomer himself. And his point is a good one: fifty years after the death of President McKinley I doubt there was wall-to-wall coverage of the historical event for an entire MONTH. It's a matter of perspective.

met314 said...

Shea may be a Boomer, but you aren't, Erin.

And yes, indeed, the TV networks showed 24/7 footage of the McKinley assassination and its aftermath, and copious coverage of his Presidency was televised as well. Oh, wait...there was no such footage, was there?

The Kennedy Presidency, and his assassination especially, played out in real time for the nation to watch in their living rooms, the first such game changer event one can say that about. That made a difference for those who saw it. So let's have a little less snark, please, from Shea, and by extension, from you, Erin.

Say Amen, somebody.

Pauli said...

Yes, Elizabeth. Those are the rules. If you are a member of a group, you are allowed to disparage the entire group. You can call each other "boomas", we can't.

BTW, there is not "wall-to-wall" coverage of this anniversary. Maybe on NPR or other places of silliness.

Red Cardigan said...

Well, I hate to say this, but you all are sort of proving Mark's point here.

No, I'm not a boomer, which is why my only comment was to agree with what Mark, a boomer, wrote. My husband, technically a boomer, was the one who asked me why there was so much coverage everywhere of this anniversary. He reads a lot of news sites, not just NPR, and he was finding the sheer amount of coverage starting back in the early part of November to be annoying.

But those rushing to comment here have illustrated that the one thing the boomer generation has a hard time with is being criticized, whether that criticism comes from people inside or outside the generation.

I'm closing comments now. You want to kvetch about this, do it at Mark's.