Thursday, October 14, 2004

Jocks vs. Geeks

"There are two types of high school students: the sunny kids whose eyes light up at the announcement of a pep rally, who race to the gymnasium to shout the fight song, and the sullen black T-shirt-wearing hordes who let out disgusted sighs while hunting for a hiding place to smoke cheap cigarettes. Conformists versus contrarians, extroverts versus introverts, fans of Top 40 music versus fans of obscure, critically-acclaimed bands, people who believe those in authority versus those who don't. Athletes grow up to vote Republican, dorks Democratic. The great divide was chronicled by the John Hughes films of the 1980s--aggressive, bland privilege meets victimized, appealing alienation and wins--and it lives on in a classic right-wing Internet reposte to leftist posters: "You got beat up in school a lot, didn't you?" Members of the in crowd can marry those of the out crowd, work together and even be friends, but they will never share basic assumptions about the way the world works."

The ever outspoken and ballsy Ted Rall goes on to show what this "two-types-of-Americans" split means for the Empire today. Follow the link if you don't get it yet.


At 2:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If outspoken means -talks out of your ass... and if by ballsy you mean -has none... then ok!


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