Ostensibly about gender roles and the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, this NYT essay is, at its core, an indictment of boomer leadership, political institutions and corporations in 21st century America.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has asked residents for a moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims on Friday.
Malloy’s fellow governors in Maine, Illinois, Michigan and several other states called on residents to follow suit with a moment of silence and to ring bells to remember the dead. The National Cathedral in Washington plans to ring its bell 28 times as part of an interfaith memorial.
President Obama will also observe the moment of silence.
I love stories like these, the back-story. A Paul Harvey “the rest of the story” story, sorta.
At about 11.15 pm Eastern Tuesday night, the Obama campaign tweeted and Facebooked a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama, a photo clearly not taken at that moment. (The sky was not dark; she was wearing a sleeveless dress.)
The data points sound horrifying:
- 46 percent of American children enter kindergarten lacking the basic language skills they need to learn to read
- 61 percent of low-income children have no children’s books in their homes
The verbs convey urgency (currency is an intentional affect, as the factoids are used for fundraising, establishing organizational mandates) and imply that the data are current. But are the data points true, for any definition of “truth”?
In 2007, Google and YouTube broke into presidential politics by holding a “debate” in conjunction with CNN. At the time, Google had owned YouTube for less than a year.
Flash forward almost five years. On Monday at 5.30 p.m. Eastern, Google+ (which is also less than a year old), is the stage for a presidential response to last week’s State of the Union address. As in 2007, the questions are generated by us. And as in 2007, which questions get answered is not being left in the hands of the crowd.