We use language in various forms from the moment we’re born until the moment we die. To pretend or argue that it has no power, that it can’t be used to marginalize and oppress, that it can’t be violent, that it can’t be used to murder, is either immensely disingenuous, or completely naive.
#language #power #abuse
andreaauroradavidson: On the day the world lost an amazing author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this is an example of how great writers are able to capture a cultural mood, a passive-agressive workplace tactic that has infuriated employees the world over, an oh-so backhanded reminder of their peonic status in the socio-economic power structure. In other words, an AWESOME movie line ;)
Writer/director Mike Judge spoke to Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about his new HBO series Silicon Valley and his 1999 cult classic, Office Space. In the interview he tells us about where the boss character’s tagline of “… yeah,” came from:
It wasn’t [based on] any specific person. It kind of came a few different ways. I worked at Whataburger which is a Texas-New Mexico chain, a burger place, and I worked at Jack-in-the-Box, this is when I was young. … The worst thing ever at both of those jobs is to change the fryers and the way that someone will say, “Yeah, um, Mike, why don’t you go ahead and change the fryers?” To say “go ahead” it’s like you were just chomping at the bit to go do it and I’m just gonna go cut you loose and go ahead — now it’s so common place. …
I think in the ’50s a boss would say “Hey Milton, move your desk. Thanks.” I don’t know if it’s the baby boom generation where everyone has to be cool, in the ’70s and ’80s it turned into, “Yeah … if I could get you just go ahead and move your desk,” And it’s this kind of “I’m casual, I’m cool. I’m not your ’50s boss.”
I would just prefer someone coming up and telling you what to do. I would respect that more. … Even over the years just noticing the “yeah” that means “no.” Like if you say, “Can I have Friday off?”
"Hmm … Yeah …"
Sweet music from the original, scandanavian tv series “The Bridge”
andreaauroradavidson: Heartbreaking and Heartwarming at the same time. So glad to hear of a kind soul who treated others with such warmth and generosity.
From Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes:
Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated)….
The assumption that work is a passport to dignity and security, that work is what makes life worth living, is so deeply embedded in our culture that it is almost heretical to think otherwise. But the problem isn’t just the lack of work. It’s also the lack of hope. Young people leaving school and university can no longer kid themselves that their future is likely to include a stable place to live, love and get on with growing up, even if they do manage to find paid work.
Here’s what is notably not being said to the young and desperate: you are more than your inability to find a job. Your value to a potential employer is not the sole measure of your worth as a person. If you can find only precarious, exhausting, depressing work, or if you can’t find work at all, that doesn’t mean you are useless, lazy, or a “waste of space”.
TV Eclipse: The Power of the ‘It Show’ Blackout Effect
I’ve been gone for a bit. I reentered the Twitterverse and got sucked in for a bit. Props to The New Yorker and its many contributors for the quality and diversity of material it’s producing. Enjoyed the Out Loud podcast today that touched on how certain TV shows like True Detective get so much cultural buzz that they block out other amazing art being produced on TV (you can subscribe to Out Loud on ITunes).
TV is captivating right now. It’s the place to be. Because of the episodic nature of TV, we tend to invest a lot in a show and can therefore be so disappointed when show finales don’t live up to our expectations (see Dexter for some (not me!) or True Detective (I hear)). So it’s kind of unfortunate when the mainstreaming, mainlining effect of the “IT tv show” takes over and drowns out other shows like “The Fosters” or “The Americans” - other original television. These shows may not be for everyone - The Fosters features a bi-racial, lesbian couple that fosters children and The Americans is about Soviet spies trying to foil the CIA- but neither are the rather dark Dexter or True Detective. Has a high school mentality peer pressure taken over? Have we become in such a rush to not be left behind that we are neglecting our own personal tastes just to stay cool, stay relevant? I don’t know, I hope not.
Thanks to for Emily Nussbaum and Rachel Syme and Sasha Weiss for giving me lots to think about after their Out Loud podcast today.
Cheney a.k.a.’ He who must not be named ‘: Vets don’t need to eat
Neighbourhood tikes putting white rock snow blitz to fun use :)
My snow friend here was at least 6ft before she/he/neutral pronoun started melting
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.
Roald Dahl (via tenyeardrunks)
andreaauroradavidson: Roald Dahl is unquestionably one of my favorite authors of all time. My 3rd grade class read “James and the Giant Peach” together and then I gobbled up every story of his that I could with my greedy, read-y eyes. Therefore, it came as no surprise that his views on life and love so closely parallel my own.
Image @ http://tinyurl.com/mk58ymu
HAIM & Hippie Hair Part
Sorry I’ve been away for a bit. I’ve been kinda of obsessed with the amazing athletes that competed, for the most part, with grit, determination and kindness (yes kindness) at the recent winter Olympics in Russia.
Now that I’m re-emerging into the world, Jezebel has welcomed me back by bringing my attention to a fabulous throwback video made by the band HAIM for their single “If I could change your mind.”
The vid mixes elements of 70’s Soul Train, 80’s sparkle, 90’s choreography and maybe my fav bit, the hippie-esque middle hair part!
Let’s meme this one out interweb!
(Ali McGraw image @ http://www.thegloss.com/tag/ali-macgraw/)
(HAIM screen shot of “If I could change your mind” vid @ http://tinyurl.com/knghvna)