Apparently George Will and Daniel Akst have taken issue with American society’s choice of attire. Akst wrote the original article which decries denim being worn in lieu of dress attire, and to some degree, I can appreciate that. I think he went a bit overboard with his insults and overgeneralizations, but what I assume was his original intent is at least somewhat valid. But Will took it a step further saying that Americans have adopted the consistent wearing of denim as a symbol of not wanting to grow up, and go so far as to suggest that we should all dress like Fred Astaire. He also tries to equate going to the airport to showing off the debut of a new product. Now, I don’t know about most of you, but I work in a laboratory. I don’t get paid enough to wear a suit to work everyday nor do I have the money to replace one were I to spill bleach or acid on it. As for his airport commentary, when I go to the airport, I want to be comfortable. If I have to get down the runway, it’s to board a plane, not show off my spring line at a fashion show.
Will then goes on to bemoan some of our entertainment choices, and I have to agree that a lot of what’s on TV is crap. But what really unnerved me was a little tidbit that George Will buried in the middle of his article. A not-so-thinly-veiled jab at “gamers”:
“Seventy-five percent of American “gamers” — people who play video games — are older than 18 and nevertheless are allowed to vote.”
So apparently, according to George Will, regardless of whether you’re playing Halo 3 on your 360 or Sudoku on your DS makes you too childish to vote. But had you just done the puzzle section of the Washington Post? Clearly that makes you a political genius by comparison. He gives no basis for this comment, no study linking poor decision making to gaming. Not even the feeble connection between violence and gaming and how that would affect the decision processes. As an op-ed columnist, he isn’t required to support his statement with facts, but the Washington Post needs to seriously consider stopping printing this sort of thing. This kind of completely close-minded thinking disgusts me. It makes as much sense as me saying that Pulitzer Prize winners who make asinine comments with no factual basis should have their awards revoked. Maybe it’s time for you to hang it up, George. You know, before the ice caps melt and you end up in over your head.
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