Simon Doonan to Mark Zuckerberg: Stop Dressing Like You're Living Under Communist Opression
Simon Doonan is the bestselling author of Gay Men Don't Get Fat, Wacky Chicks and Confessions of a Window Dresser. In addition to his role as creative ambassador of Barney's New York, Simon writes the "Simon Says" column for The New York Observer and "Doonan" for Slate. He frequently contributes observations and opinions to myriad other publications and television shows. He is a regular commentator on VH1, the Trio network, and Full Frontal Fashion. He lives in New York City with his partner, Jonathan Adler, and his Norwich terrier, Liberace.
Simon Doonan: Mark Zuckerberg’s personal style, or rather lack of personal style, is very defining and, you know, that’s what now techies want to look like—this super laissez faire, completely unconcerned, slightly disheveled . . . which is very anti-fashion. It’s very sort of Eastern Block, if you know what I mean. That’s sort of what people used to look like when they were living in East Germany under communist oppression. So it’s not, like, a very exuberant, flamboyant look. It’s not very celebratory.
You know, to sit at a desk and be a billionaire but look like you’re living in Kiev in 1976, it’s like, why, you know? Go out and buy yourself a Dolce & Gabbana, you know, white mink chubby and get yourself a bit of flamboyant style. I think that would be really fun. Like, the techie world needs a Liberace, the techie world needs an Elton John, the techie world needs a David Bowie, a glam rock person, somebody with some sort of fearless flamboyance, because . . . it is a little dismal. No offense—dismal.
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Fashion guru Simon Doonan says Mark Zuckerberg’s personal style, "or rather lack of personal style, is very defining," but also "very anti-fashion." Doonan's advice? "Go out and buy yourself a Dolce & Gabbana."
Civil discourse has fallen to an all time low.
The question that the American populace needs to ask itself now is: how do we fix it?
Discursive fundamentals need to be taught to preserve free expression
In their findings the authors state:
to stop attempted speeches — raise issues of just how committed college students are to
upholding First Amendment ideals.
Most college students do not condone more aggressive actions to squelch speech, like
violence and shouting down speakers, although there are some who do. However, students
do support many policies or actions that place limits on speech, including free speech zones,
speech codes and campus prohibitions on hate speech, suggesting that their commitment
to free speech has limits. As one example, barely a majority think handing out literature on
controversial issues is "always acceptable."
Talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner
- Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.
- Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.
- Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.
- Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial
- Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.
- Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.
- Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising,
It's interesting to note the authors found that:
"Tribe membership shows strong reliability in predicting views across different political topics."
Here are some statistics on differing viewpoints according to political party:
- 51% of staunch liberals say it's "morally acceptable" to punch Nazis.
- 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
- 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
- 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
- 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
Here are some guidelines for civic discourse that might come in handy:
- Practice inclusion and listen to who you're speaking to.
Civic discourse in the divisive age
dangerously tribal, fueled by a culture of outrage and taking offense. For the combatants,
the other side can no longer be tolerated, and no price is too high to defeat them.
These tensions are poisoning personal relationships, consuming our politics and
putting our democracy in peril.
Once a country has become tribalized, debates about contested issues from
immigration and trade to economic management, climate change and national security,
become shaped by larger tribal identities. Policy debate gives way to tribal conflicts.
Polarization and tribalism are self-reinforcing and will likely continue to accelerate.
The work of rebuilding our fragmented society needs to start now. It extends from
re-connecting people across the lines of division in local communities all the way to
building a renewed sense of national identity: a bigger story of us."
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
A new AI-produced commercial from Lexus shows how AI might be particularly suited for the advertising industry.
- The commercial was written by IBM's Watson. It was acted and directed by humans.
- Lexus says humans played a minimal part in influencing Watson, in terms of the writing.
- Advertising, with its clearly defined goals and troves of data, seems like one creative field in which AI would prove particularly useful.
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