Friday, April 13, 2007

Andy's blog and nappy headed ho's

Hey all, just wanted to point you towards a terrific blog by my old high school buddy Andy Grayson. Andy is now a planner out at Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, one of those agencies that everyone is trying to work for. He's really smart and takes great pictures as well.

I am torn over this whole Don Imus thing. On the one hand, I really don't like the guy. Never have. I've never liked shock jocks in general (or anyone who makes their career on the sole basis of pushing an envelope without real reason), and Imus always seemed to me to be the most boring of the bunch. But I gotta say this reaction by people is ridiculous. Cancel the guy's show because he's boring and repetitive, not because he's doing what you hired him to do. There's plenty of stuff that gets put into the public sphere every day that undermines the ambition and desire of children of all races. How about we cancel American Idol because it puts celebrity on a pedestal rather than achievement? How about we ban magazines like Cosmopolitan from the newsstands because they promote a distorted sense of beauty and encourage promiscuity? Having an honest discussion about things is always going to be better than the sort of reactionary actions taken by most corporations today in the face of negative public opinion. There's not enough genuinely interesting and engaging public debate going on. I hope we haven't lost the desire for it.


Blogger agrayson said...

Thanks for the post, Cliff. How's the foot? Foot 2.0

2:06 PM  
Blogger Beaze said...

There's such a need for more commentary like yours on these issues. Thanks for the fresh perspective!

8:21 PM  

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