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August 3rd, 2007

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11:53 am - Is there an editor in the house ?
Quoting from The Age from this article :
There'll never be a generation who'll see as much social change in their lifetime as the boomers. What 70-year-old would have believed that their child, their sibling or themselves could be openly gay, have children out of wedlock or be divorced and it not be social suicide? And who would have believed that Aussie kids would have rice crackers with seaweed, spanakopita and hummus in their lunch boxes? Society has undergone almost hydroponic growth in the past 45 years.
What the heck is "hydroponic growth" ? I simply can't work out what they're trying to say there. We're all sitting in a greenhouse planted in a nutrient-rich solution ? What ?!
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Maths is hard, let's pick biology instead?
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
The whole piece reads like it came out of a high school writing folio. Opinion Piece #1. Badly structured and badly argued.
The Age must be hard up for cash at the moment.
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
I suspect the writer of being a Secret Stoner...
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Oh, and I'm thinking they actually wanted "Society has undergone explosive growth in the past 45 years."

Although now I wonder why they've picked 45 years, I'd be more inclined to go back nearer WW2, say 55-60 years for our hypothetical 70-year old.
Or maybe this is Opinion Piece #1 from their folio of 10 years ago and they've just tacked a bit about housing onto the end to make it current... That would also explain why they're ignoring the up and coming online generation.
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
They meant to say 'hyperbolic' growth, I think. Having confused hyperbolic with exponential.

Or maybe they really meant hydroponic. Who can say?
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Date:August 3rd, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Obvious typo for "hygroscopic" --- nutrients are being sucked up through our childrens' feet.
Or perhaps "hyperbaric" --- boomers can't handle the pressure anymore.
Or "hydraulic" growth --- propped up by global oil production.

Or maybe it *is* hydroponic, and that's where the seeweed and hummus come from?
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Date:August 4th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
You know, I guessed before I even managed to read it that that was Catherine Deveny. Why make sense when you can rant incomprehensibly? Sometimes I agree with her rants, sometimes I don't, frequently I find myself going "what the hell?" and then trying to work out if I agree or not.

Or I just ignore it, it's quicker.

More seriously though, I'm glad Big Brother has finally finished - finally she can stop bagging it in every single friggin' TV column she writes. I don't watch it either, God knows I don't want to read about it as well. Now if she can just go through menopause and shut up about caesarians I'll be happy.

Date:August 5th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but I like your aardvark.

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