July 1, 2004


Here’s something I wrote on the subject (well, a related subject, anyway) a couple of years ago, which got me some flak from the right side of the blogosphere. (And here’s the blog post it was based on).

UPDATE: Not everybody hated it.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s an interesting, semi-related essay, featuring this observation: “I wonder if anyone in the world works harder at anything than American school kids work at popularity. Navy SEALs and neurosurgery residents seem slackers by comparison. . . . Adults can’t avoid seeing that teenage kids are tormented. So why don’t they do something about it? Because they blame it on puberty. . . . Teenage apprentices in the Renaissance were working dogs. Teenagers now are neurotic lapdogs. Their craziness is the craziness of the idle everywhere.”

Read the whole thing.

MORE: Kimberly Swygert has thoughts on the essay quoted above.

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