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“OK Boomer”

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That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, how can I excerpt this one?:

On the negative side, I worry that those who deploy “OK Boomer” are putting themselves down and signaling their own impotence. I am not arguing for “[Expletive Deleted] Boomer,” even though it would have a vitality and rebellious spirit very much reminiscent of the 1960s or 1970s (which of course were quintessential boomer eras). But when I read or hear “OK Boomer,” I start to think there might be something special about baby boomers after all. We boomers may not be different in kind from other generations, but we do seem to inspire rhetorical creativity in our critics.

The closest earlier analog to “OK Boomer” is probably “OK, Chief,” a slightly sardonic response to a bossy or persistent request. So the phrase “OK Boomer” is itself an implicit and indeed somewhat passive admission as to who is really in charge. Members of Gen Z are subtly demonstrating that the clichés about them may have a grain of truth.

As I said I am a baby boomer, born in 1962, and I do a lot of public speaking about such topics as the absence of free lunches in this world. Yet I have never heard anyone say “OK Boomer” back to me. Instead I see the phrase on social media — another sign of the essentially passive nature of the response. (And wearing an “OK Boomer” hoodie or buying other such merchandise doesn’t seem like a major sign of rebellion, either.)

If there is any native medium for the “OK Boomer” meme, in fact, it is short TikTok videos, one of the more evanescent forms of social media. That the site seems plagued by Chinese censorship is just another state of affairs that boomers find more offensive than does Generation Z.

There is also this:

I am greatly pleased that the post-boomer generations are by all appearances less racist and sexist than their predecessors. Still, prejudices are part of human nature. There is always a danger that they will re-emerge, redirected at other targets — defined by their age, their political views, their wealth, the size of their carbon footprint, or some other salient variable. Prejudice doesn’t become acceptable simply because it is not directed at someone’s race, ethnicity or gender.

There is indeed much more at the link.  A better cause for young people would be to fight against the growing age segregation in American society.

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tedder
36 days ago
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If you think "ok boomer" is about ageism, you aren't paying attention.
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autocorrelation
37 days ago
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As this asshole always says: "mood affiliation"

Donald Trump wants the iPhone home button back

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President Donald Trump Departs White House For Shale Conference In Pittsburgh Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Donald Trump seems to have recently switched to an iPhone without a home button, and he doesn’t seem to like it very much. So much so that he decided to casually subtweet Apple CEO Tim Cook with a bit of light tech commentary.

We can’t tell if Trump recently upgraded to the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or one of the iPhone 11 variants. But all the top-of-the-line Apple smartphones since last year have ditched the home button last seen on the iPhone 8 for the edge-to-edge design first introduced with the iPhone X in 2017.

We learned in March 2017 Donald Trump switched from Android to iPhone, but we didn’t know which iPhone he switched to. It definitely had a home button, since the iPhone X wasn’t out at that time.

Perhaps Trump will be first in line for the rumored iPhone SE 2, which will reportedly look like an iPhone 8. That means it’ll have the home button Trump sorely misses.

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tedder
50 days ago
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Please, someone get him a Cricket flip phone.
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dreadhead
48 days ago
He likes the XS because it makes his hands look bigger.
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Catalan Separatists Protest in the Streets Over Sentencing of Leaders

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200 people reported injured over five days of demonstrations, nearly 100 arrested
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tedder
57 days ago
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wait, the settlers of catalan are doing what? I always loved that game
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The appendix is not a useless organ

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The appendix has evolved in different animal species at least 29 times, according to this SciShow video, which means it probably serves a function. Scientists who studied appendixes in animals have come to the conclusion that it is a part of the immune system. In humans, the appendix is full of immune cells, including T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells, and good gut bacteria.

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tedder
58 days ago
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to find out what it does, turn to the back of the book
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Hours Before Departure

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They could afford to cut it close because they all had Global Entry.
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tedder
72 days ago
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they spent a ton of times in customs on their return (only partly joking)
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sarcozona
71 days ago
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Airports are such garbage
71 days ago
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diannemharris
71 days ago
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It me.
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72 days ago
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They could afford to cut it close because they all had Global Entry.
Gregidon
72 days ago
Global re-entry?

Blending Right In

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tedder
77 days ago
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TIL Realtree(tm), even available as furniture
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