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15 August 2003 @ 05:41 pm
The Undereducation of America's Youth at a New Low...  
So, I'm sitting here at work when my pal Chris the Security Guard (TM) comes around. He tells me how he just picked up some cool posters for his dorm at the collectibles show we have here today. He purchased a poster of Elvis and another of Eminem. Talking about posters and decorating, I took what I felt was my chance to brag.

ME: Well, my favorite is my 40x60 inch poster of David Bowie
Chris: David Bowie...is he an actor or something...?
ME: You don't know who David Bowie is? Are you serious?
Chris: I dunno, if you tell me something about him, maybe I heard of him...
ME: You don't know who David Bowie is!?!?
Chris: Uh, no. What does he do?

There's no way one can be educated in what "he does" without good speakers and a lot of time. I tried and failed miserably. Not one song I tried rang any bells.

I think I'm gonna cry.
 
 
Mood: Stunned
Music: David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes (in my head)
 
 
 
levgernle on August 15th, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
Funny... you're only 21 and you're fretting about the "education" of today's youth.... ask him if he knows who John Lennon is/was. That will surely make your head explode.

No one knows anything anymore. Funny thing is, everyone worried years ago that with the obsession of America's Youth for pop culture, that somehow history would be lost for good... no one wondered what would happen to the history of pop culture....

Bowie? I'd list him in the top ten of all time? That clown doesn't know him? Let him be. It's just sad.
just johnjustjohn on August 15th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, the first thing I think about David Bowie is that absentmammoth is such a devoted fan.
levgernle on August 15th, 2003 03:50 pm (UTC)
true. but, perhaps that's because "remembering" who Bowie is isn't really all that big a deal to people of our generation....
just johnjustjohn on August 15th, 2003 03:56 pm (UTC)
levgernle on August 15th, 2003 04:05 pm (UTC)
forgive me for my 1.1 nanosecond attention span
Bowie? Bowie who? As is always the case I click and click and click and I find things... Listening right now to an MP3 entitled "AfterMath"... That's You? I like it.

and i don't see why anyone would think you were "picking on" crazicreek... she's a fine person and a fabulous dancer and I think your point was perfectly valid.

just johnjustjohn on August 15th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: forgive me for my 1.1 nanosecond attention span
Yup ...

At least you're starting with one of my more normal-sounding ones. Remember it when you get to the stomach rumbles and screeching.
levgernle on August 15th, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: forgive me for my 1.1 nanosecond attention span
Stomach rumbles and Screeching... shouldn't be a problem... I used to be a big fan of Throbbing Gristle....
Mellenabsentmammoth on August 15th, 2003 05:43 pm (UTC)
John Lennon's up there with my favorites, too. If he doesn't know him, I'll just have to stop talking to him, hehe.
levgernle on August 15th, 2003 05:47 pm (UTC)
OK... First, here's some advice. Stop talking to him anyway. He just wants to get into your pants. And if he doesn't want to get into your pants, stop talking to him, because he must be some kind of freak.

The Bowie Crisis was proof enough. If you prompt The Lennon Crisis (and this is MOTHERFUCKING SERIOUS) you could bring down the "The Power Grid" again... I don't think you know what it is you're playing with ... be careful. Wolf Blitzer will want to talk to you if you make him tell more stories about how goddamned resourceful New Yorkers are.
Mellen: Kangaete imasu...absentmammoth on August 15th, 2003 06:04 pm (UTC)
Nah, seems all the guards here are more interested in Bibble than in me, heh.

I'll do my best not to cause more power outages. My apologies.

Crisis averted?
levgernle on August 15th, 2003 06:09 pm (UTC)
oh... go ahead... play with the moron...ask him if he knows who John Lennon is... I know I'd find it hard to resist....