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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Generation gap

"Repeat after me, authorities. L-E-D. Not I-E-D. Get it?" one 29-year-old blogger from Malden wrote on his website, contrasting light emitting diodes with improvised explosive devices.

"This is outrageous activity to get publicity for a failing show," sneered Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

The generation that said never trust anyone over 30 is having a very hard time connecting with anyone under 30 these days. It's the inevitable generational thing, but it's a good comment on our times.

As a boomer I missed the "joke" of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force guerrilla marketing campaign that paralyzed Boston yesterday. As a boomer, I'm wondering where the responsible adults were at Turner Broadcasting or wherever the campaign was dreamed up.

But it also says how life has changed so much -- for the worse -- post 9-11. Fed a constant stream of threat levels and how we need to fight them there so we don't fight them here, Americans are a scared people -- whether we like to admit it or not.

My younger counterparts would say I should learn to take a joke, lighten up. Watch Adult Swim.

There's a bigger lesson here than whether Turner Broadcasting has a cool show or are guilty of a marketing ploy that would rank up there with the apocryphal "From the Wonderful Folks who Brought You Pearl Harbor" in the pantheon of bad taste marketing.

In the United States in 2007 we talk at each other, not to each other. We shout on TV, rant on radio and now blast with blogs.

Same as it ever was?

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