Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

17 Mar 2003, 22:26 p.m.

Better Punditry Through Fictionalizations

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Did someone already implement this and I didn't notice?

George Herbert Walker Bush gently pushes open the door to the Oval Office. George W. Bush gets up from "his" desk.

Dad: Your mother and I saw your invasion plans. [pause] What the hell do you think you're doing? I mean, where did you get this stuff?

Dubya: Dad...

Dad: Answer me!

Dubya: It was you, all right? I learned it from watching you!

I like the rough analogy: the older, more responsible user has accidentally provided a bad role model for the younger user, who in contrast has no sense of discipline or moderation.