Day: January 12, 2017

F.T.W.S.I.J.D.G.I.G.T.

(For those who say I just don’t get it…get this!)

Today is a two-fer.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how I perceived a possible political celebrity “Jump the shark” moment. It seems I wasn’t all that far off in my reasoning than some had protested.

When I first penned the article it was based on the what I presumed to be a one-off event. However, that proved not to be the case when only a week or so later another followed along the same format, albeit with what appears to be a rotating cast of celebrities.

Just a few years ago these types of ads were thought to be “so moving, so believable, so inspiring” that to even question them (particularly by those on the other side of the debate) was seen as blasphemy, punishable by public scorn not only in the media, but with friends, family, or at work. It was for all intents and purposes “taboo” to ever take the opposing side (in public that is) of the venerated celebrity with a cause.

That is, it appears, until now.

Today, not only are these types of celebrity political ads (or what I deemed “casting calls for action”) being met with little to no regard. They have recently produced the exact opposite results as in the case of electors of the electoral college switching their votes away from their “chosen” candidate to another.

Yet, what’s truly different this time (from my viewpoint) is the sudden and vociferous mocking coming from not only the general public, but also from the once timid, if not outright terrified of this once bludgeoning criticizing hammer. i.e., The side or viewpoint being scorned.

Here are just a few of the most recent: There was this mocking from Townhall™

Here’s another titled “dear celebrities

Doesn’t matter what political side of the aisle you stand on, one thing today is different that all times previous: Just a few years ago if a video was made in response it would be something on the idea of bending over backwards to show that they weren’t anything like what the “political celebrity” was portraying them to be. Today? A far different reaction, as well as response.

Not so convinced? Fair enough. So let me use another: Meryl Streep’s award speech. Or should I say – Expressions of disdain?

Whether you agree with her or not – one thing is incontrovertible: Everyone’s got an opinion on it. And the one’s who only a few years ago would just ignore it? Are today far more boisterous about their condemnation of it (and Hollywood in general) than any time in at least my memory, with one of the best examples emanating from the MMA community itself in tweet form. To paraphrase: “With all due respect to Meryl Streep…MMA may not be the arts, but then again, neither was Ricki and the Flash”

Ouch!

If you want to read more of what I’ll argue you would have never read just a few years ago, there’s UFC President Dana White’s thoughts racing across a myriad of not only media sites, but also Hollywood’s own. Again – almost unthinkable just a few years ago. All I’ll say is this: He doesn’t hold back any punches, so you’ve been forewarned.

The second comes to us from no other spot than the “Ivory Tower” itself and one of its most heralded acolytes Paul Krugman.

In an article I opined why “Princeton Math” never ads up, and my reasoning why.

Some have argued to me over the years I only use academia or “Ivory Towers” for the sole purpose as a foil. Some have argued (usually when they found I wasn’t buying what they were selling) that I was just “envious” or “secretly jealous” that I didn’t have some form of alphabet soup after my name. e.g., Ph.D, MBA, LMNOP, et cetera. As I’ve explained to near exhaustion, that’s hardly the case.

So today without further ado I would like to state for the record side by side quotes by one of the main reasons why people are charged extraordinary large sums of money to obtain said degrees from the likes of professors such as Princeton’s former resident Mr. Krugman. And why people with only remedial skills inherently know, and understand why, when they listen to his (or ilk’s) pontificating they are left either totally bewildered, completely confused, or downright stupefied. To wit:

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( Image Source: and you can read more here)

And that my friends is why not only the Ivory Towers of academia and the economic community at large is finding itself more along the lines of a running joke, rather than anything once beholden to a “sheepskin” stamp of approval.  After all, when academia thinks it’s just dandy to charge well into 6-figures for that sheepskin only to leave taught, and thinking (and worse believing) 2+2=5 ? Maybe that’s why this years yearly gathering of academia was met with its own realization or feelings of, “Wait…What?” To wit:

Via the WSJ™: “Top Economists Grapple With Public Disdain for Initiatives They Championed”

Not to worry I guess, after all, more money is always the solution we’re told by academia. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone tuitions are expected to once again rise. So when that bill arrives? Just apply the same math of 2+2=5 to your checking account. And if the check bounces? Just explain you used their math to balance you checkbook and if there seems to be insufficient funds that they should just forgive the debt, and give you a pass.

See how far you get.

© 2017 Mark St.Cyr

Footnote: These “FTWSIJDGIGT” articles came into being when many of the topics I had opined on over the years were being openly criticized for “having no clue”. Yet, over the years these insights came back around showing maybe I knew a little bit more than some were giving me credit for. It was my way of tongue-in-cheek as to not use the old “I told you so” analogy. I’m saying this purely for the benefit of those who may be new or reading here for the first time (and there are a great many of you and thank you too all). I never wanted or want to seem like I’m doing the “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” type of response to my detractors. I’d rather let the chips fall – good or bad – and let readers decide the credibility of either side. Occasionally however, there are, and have been times they do need to be pointed out which is why these now have taken on a life of their own. (i.e., something of significance per se that may have a direct impact on one’s business etc., etc.) And readers, colleagues, and others have requested their continuance.