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Thoughts on the second amendment
Lets start with the NRA assertion that the 2nd amendment is not about hunting. Agreed, but its not about overthrowing the gov't either, in fact, attempting to do so is treason. The Preamble says "...insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense..."
"Coming out" in pro sports
Almost everywhere in America & Canada, the long-held intolerance toward gays is disappearing. We have openly gay actors, gay politicians, gay teachers etc... We have gay marriage in several US states & Canadian provinces.
FatIsm....why do people think it's okay?
Like Grandma used to make
Remember that one special recipe that seemed like your grandmother (or mother or grandfather) was the only one who knew how to make? Meatloaf, pan fried chicken, apple pie and Irish stew are just some examples where grandma outshines professional cooks at 4 or 5 star restaurants. Which one was your favorite? Or just name a food that anyone in your circle of friends and family could make better than any restaurant or delicatessen.
Are we in a period of cultural stagnation?
According to Kurt Andersen(in a Vanity Fair Article comparing 2012 to 1992), not much in the way of fashion, popular music, graphic and car designs, ect. has changed much since the late '80s/early '90s, add to that most men have been wearing the basic casual clothing for about 30-ish years(jeans, sneakers, t-shirt) in his opinion, here is a quote from the article:
Since 1992, as the technological miracles and wonders have propagated and the political economy has transformed, the world has become radically and profoundly new. (And then there’s the miraculous drop in violent crime in the United States, by half.) Here is what’s odd: during these same 20 years, the appearance of the world (computers, TVs, telephones, and music players aside) has changed hardly at all, less than it did during any 20-year period for at least a century. The past is a foreign country, but the recent past—the 00s, the 90s, even a lot of the 80s—looks almost identical to the present. This is the First Great Paradox of Contemporary Cultural History.
Part of me is kind of agreeing with some of this, that alot of people have been just rehashing and recombining past fashions and music styles(just look at Adele), but this has been going on for alot longer than since 1992, I think alot of the "revolutionary" trends that alot of people recognize(like hippie counterculture, punk, grunge, ect.) were really just reactions against the prior trends of there times instead of being a totally unthought of radically new things. I think he neglects hip-hop culture and music/ certain styles of electronic music which has changed ALOT since 1992, back then it was still mostly the sample-based old school style with the G-funk sound coming in with The Chronic, compare that to 2003 when dirty south rap and crunk was becoming popular. The productions of Timbaland, The Neptunes and Lil Jon are noticably different from that of circa 1993 Dr. Dre. Even comparing 2003 to 2007 there is a difference in the sound of rap music, going from the energetic crunk sound to the slower snap rap sound and autotune(although still dirty south based).
The '00s have brought us crunk, hyphy, autotuned R&B, baile funk, reggeaton, chopped and screwed, electro-house, dubstep, grime, ect. so there HAVE been new styles but they gave not had the impact of earlier styles like psychedelicia, punk, or new wave, our culture is alot more fragmented with almost infinite options available to people. It might be too early too tell the full impact of these styles but one area where Mr. Andersen has a point is in mainstream rock music, the genre that used to be culturally/musically innovative but now has been stuck in 1995 for 15+ years, I think the hipster subculture in particular maybe somewhat responsible for the stylisitc unoriginality that he is complaining about.
Do any of you agree or disagree with Kurt Andersen's assessment? Here the full articlehttp://www.vanityfair.com/style/2012/01/prisoners-of-style-201201
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