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“And it’s, like, the mainstream media’s fault.”

I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story Of Success.  I can’t remember if I read The Tipping Point, but I seem to recall Blink helping me overcome a little bit of my indecisiveness.  Gladwell is very good at what my English professors used to call “reading against the grain” and “finding fault lines” in the things society assumes to be givens.  In Outliers he says that to become an expert at anything it requires 10,000 hours of practice.  Piano, computer programming, skiing…blogging? 

Speaking of blogging, this is one of my least favorite commercials on television at the moment:

I don’t even know where to begin.  Twix completely undermines the intelligence, consciousness, and political frustrations this woman voices by reminding everyone that despite having a brain, she is still nothing more than a sex object to be taken home.  Because no woman goes back to a strange guy’s apartment with the intent to blog…or at least, not JUST to blog. 

Okay, deep breath.  Must end on a positive note: Malcolm Gladwell looks just like Sideshow Bob:


Undermine THAT!