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January 01, 2008

A worthless essay

Sadly, a perfect storm of random trends has decimated what was once a sweet, emotional society. These trends started back in the day and only grew stronger in this post-9/11 climate where torture is the new national defense, the surge seems to be working, and waterboarding is an acceptable interrogation tactic.

But it's in our everyday life, set against the backdrop of mundane existence, where these changes in our national character really pop. Where we once were concerned with ways to give back to the community, we're now more obsessed with watching the latest Webinar telling us how to find the best deals on organic anything on Black Friday, so we can be consumers through and through while still feeling charitable for being natural and helping the environment.

But I don't mean to throw our culture under the bus. No amount of wordsmithing can really change the fact that it is what it is. And unfortunately, I've authored a lot of these attitudes in my own life.

if this essay seemed tired and cliched, it's because it relied heavily on 2007's List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.

Posted by jason on January 1, 2008 12:03 PM


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