Monday, August 11, 2008

Last Time, We Could Only Watch

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/08/11/2008-08-11_omg_barack_obamas_vp_choice_to_be_textme.html

A comment in response to the article:
"Barack Obama, keep in mind the more seasoned citizens of this nation don't all have the electronic toys you and your core constituency are so enamored by. Also keep in mind , and you can take it to the bank more seasoned citizens will vote then the I-POD generation's in November. I think this text nonsense way of initially informing the populace of your vice presidential choice, is a slap in the face to millions, WHO WILL CAST THEIR BALLOTS! You have shown abundantly of late your penchant at changing your stance on several thing's. Try it on this one as well!"

More "seasoned citizens" will vote "then" myself and my peers? Alright then, Captain Life Experiences, but I warn you that I, being one of those damn youngsters, will be voting for Obama in November and doing everything I can to get my piers to follow suit.

Things will be different this time. I turned twenty this year. The last time a president was being elected, I was 16. Before that, I was 12. TWICE I had to sit and watch while a senile moron got elected President of the United States, and my peers feel exactly the same. We watched our family, friends, and friend's families get sent to an unjustified war that was established with lies. We could only watch.

Nevertheless, I don't see how using available technology slaps anybody. Just as quick as the text goes out, it will be plastered on the news, Internet news, and blogs like this. However old you are, I'm certain there's at least one person your age who knows how to send a text message or, at the very least, receive one. Don't underestimate and judge your own generation so ignorantly; I'm sure the more savvy of your peers would be insulted. Cell phones are not exclusively sold to people under fourty.

Also, before you start using "the big words," you might want to learn how to correctly use punctuation in the English language. Plural forms of "word's" don't require an apostrophe; that's only necessary for a contraction or the genitive form. Also, dependent clauses do not have a comma before them--nor do verbs--so your sentence, "I think this text nonsense way of initially informing the populace of your vice presidential choice, is a slap in the face to millions, WHO WILL CAST THEIR BALLOTS!" doesn't require a single comma. Your former English teachers should be crying right now or--if they can't do that--rolling in their graves.

Well, I'm off to listen to my iPod and think about how awesome it is that I know the difference between "then" and "than" and when to use each, and perhaps, while I'm at it, I'll gain some of those life experiences that make you so seasoned. After all, just because you're old, that makes you brighter than the rest of us dumb kids, right? Bigger is better, right? Brilliant logic, sir, brilliant logic. Go gripe about how Johnny Carson and all the other "good comedians" are dead, take your Viagra, and get the fuck out of our world inherited.

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