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V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
The Biebs havin’ a brew in South Africa, courtesy of his Instagram account.
The Biebs havin’ a brew in South Africa, courtesy of his Instagram account.

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Why So Stupid?

On Justin Bieber and the lost youth culture

News publications went haywire over the news that Justin Bieber (you know that Bieber fever is an actual sickness) peed in a bucket before cursing former president, Bill Clinton. It was a landmark day in the career of the former tween pop star who made his mark offering slick rhymes over processed beats and landed straight in the hearts of young girls worldwide, like a wayward arrow from Cupid himself. Now I should admit here and now, before I continue further, that I've never listened to a full Justin Bieber song. I've heard snippets here and there, said “That's enough!” and changed the station without a moment's hesitation. But if you like his music, more power to you. Maybe you can explain it to me. I'd love to hear it.

Moving along … after hearing this story, I became even more intrigued with the idea of youth culture. Granted my generation was only a decade ago, I find myself sympathizing and coming up with excuses for our nation's youth all the time. And I think that's just an adult mentality in general. You witness people like Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan and the like, and find yourself either not paying attention (like me) or you find yourself constantly perusing the headlines, trying to see what trainwreck has blow-torched its carcass across the fine print of the day. And for those that don't pay attention, you simply say “Where the hell are the parents?” Because back in our day … they were the answer, if not the reason. So I ask, where are the parents? Where are those people that protect their children against the tyranny and selfishness of the world and raise them to be little warriors that think and feel and make good decisions?

People act as if this lapse in youth judgment is a recent tip of the scale. Has the trainwreck/stupid phenomena not been going on for generations? Was the late Corey Haim not going to clubs and bars, getting loaded and having his image splashed in every tabloid that had enough space to welcome it? So, why are people so critical of today's pop stars and young actors? What makes them so special in regard to past generations in terms of who did it worse? By the time I was a teenager, Macaulay Culkin (who I revered as the coolest, loudest, weirdest child to fend off burglars) was already having his mug shot taken. I didn't fret because I figured if you're going to be interested in celebrity, you should read the tell-tale signs, if not follow the comebacks. Robert Downey Jr. anyone?

And the only sane words of advice I've heard being given to these young Hollywood dilettantes were from Helen Mirren, who simply said, “Don't be up your own bum.” Simple as that. Get your heads out of your asses, get to work, cash your checks, rank up those vacation days and go about your business in a calm, leisurely manner. Unless it is your ultimate goal to look like a buffoon every time the cameras are rolling and there's a tartini to sip. Or maybe it's just a teen angst-inspired rhythm that keeps them dancing the dance of dangerous paths only to find solace in the American courtroom while hearing a judge tell them they've had it all wrong. To them, maybe authority is the answer—but also the cause. One can only wonder. But it's like that saying goes … youth is wasted on the young. Maybe there is some truth to it.

But like any grown-up just barely skimming the headlines, you can't help but feel some sort of pity for these lost Barbies and Kens who think convertibles, clothes and coke make for one hefty recipe of a good time. Don't get me wrong, clothes are nice (and essential at times), but where's the weight of such extravagances? And who does it fall on? Everyone else, unless these celebs get better tax people to straighten out the numbers. But as long as these youngsters keep doling out good tabloid headlines, selling issues of papers that usually get the facts wrong, and still make time for red carpet appearances to promote that B-movie that almost went straight to video but managed to find decent distribution, then I'm sure we have even more spicy headlines coming our way. Who knows? Justin Bieber may poop on Mt. Rushmore and say he did it all for the nookie. Or was it the cookie?

V.22 No.18 |

news

The Daily Word in the incredible story of the Cleveland hostages, pink dolphins and hairy visors

The Daily Word

Reported cases of HIV infection are on the increase on the Navajo Reservation.

Colorado pot legalization involves some new taxes that may not have the support of pro-marijuana groups.

KOAT reports a rash of bike thefts downtown.

Are some of our contemporary English words identical to words from a 15,000 year old "proto-Eurasiatic" Ice Age language?

Kidnapped in Cleveland, hostages for ten years and an instant-classic TV interview.

The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.

The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.

I bet Bill Richardson could get Led Zeppelin back together.

The ABBA museum in Stockholm is now open!

This article explains the origins the conservative Islamist movement in Bangladesh.

There's only enough room in this world for one manufacturer of "visors with simulated hair," AKA hairy-hats.

On this day in 1980, Yugoslavian dictator Josip Tito was buried.

V.21 No.48 |

news

The Daily Word in Syria, Tumblr takeover, text message birthday

The Daily Word

Clinton warns Syria not to cross the "red line."

Tumblr is currently being bombarded by a massive worm that spreads hateful anti-Tumblr messages.

ENMU toilet paper bandit repents and apologizes for his misconduct by sending the school 80 new rolls of two-ply.

Suspect on his way to jail for drug trafficking tried to hide evidence in deputy's car.

Obama's stimulus spending plan has Republicans "flabbergasted."

20 years ago today, the first text message was sent.

The iPhone 5 is headed out to 50 more countries.

According to former Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli, APD's problems can be blamed on Mayor Berry.

North Korea's at it again with the whole trying-to-launch-a-rocket shtick.

William and Kate are expecting a wee one.

Maine fugitive James Cameron (no, not that James Cameron) arrested outside of a Hastings on Coors.

Canadian woman says she survived a shooting by her ex-boyfriend because of her breast implants.

Kick-ass drummer mom.

Simpsons-inspired street art.

V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012

news

The Daily Word in yard sales, Jeb Bush and Mr. Rogers

The Daily Word

Take the Central bus out of Downtown until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fatal shooting last night.

Commissioner Wiener says he’s going after the photographer who took the snap of him in a notorious red-light district in the Philippines. (He lost Tuesday’s election bad.)

Why is the weather in Westeros so crazy?

Political reporter Haussamen comes out against LGBT discrimination.

City comes out against unending yard sales.

Republicans in Florida outlaw voting on Sunday to suppress the African-American vote.

Jeb Bush says something nice about President Obama.

And ex-Prez Clinton says nice things about Mitt Romney.

Mr. Rogers remixed.

A forest-themed nightclub in Seattle.

Meat talk.

Flaming Lips post naked pictures of Erykah Badu and her sister, angering Badu.

Parents’ blood and spit can reveal fetus’ DNA.

V.20 No.21 |

news

The Daily Word: 5.27.11- Fake fish, Patriot Act, no drivin' ladies allowed

Extra school days and expensive coffee. Yuck.

The Daily Word

Just in the nick of time, four more years of the Patriot Act.

Hilary Clinton makes surprise visit to Pakistan

Your shark meat could be perch! A study shows that a large percentage of commercial fish is fraudulently labeled.

Saudi woman jailed for driving her car and posting a video of it on Youtube.

A new drug of choice on the prison scene.

Officials concerned that turning red light cameras off may increase red light running. Hmm.

Drought forces NM cattle to graze on federal land.

Russia offers to help Gadhafi exit; France wants heavier attack.

APS trying to force students to come to one last day.

Oh no, cost of coffee going up worldwide!

The Daily Word is late because I couldn't stop looking at XKCD.


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