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  • Rockin' the suburbs

       November 15, 2010

    As often happens to me online, one article leads to another. Tonight, I was reading this article about how Americans have moved away from the communal meal and it lead to another article urging Americans to avoid the suburbs for the sake of the earth. The articles weren't anything special, but I can't tell you how much I love this comment from the latter article:

    If the quote wasn't awesome enough, the picture is. It's almost like it's a caricature of the perfect smug urban liberal, isn't it?

    I don't particularly want to live in the suburbs either, but it takes quite a leap to claim that they're somehow psychologically "deadening". You can grow up in the big city or one of its suburbs, in a smaller town, on a farm, with the circus, etc. and have a wonderful or awful experience or, like most of us, a perfectly average experience.

    It seems ridiculous for some hipster to blame his teenage surliness and alienation on the suburbs rather than on being, you know, a teenager. As Bart Simpson once famously said, "Making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel."

    Or, as Ben Folds said:

    Y'all don't know what it's like

    Being male, middle-class and white

    Sha-mon


    Posted by kris at November 15, 2010 08:31 PM

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