“The furious hoarfrost bearing down upon us knows neither mercy nor reason, and all within the five boroughs will perish, cowering in their brittle dwellings,” said de Blasio, adding that none would find succor from the gale save those favored by providence to pass quietly in their sleep.
Obviously overblown rhetoric from de Blasio. We’re all going to be fine as long as we have milk and bread.
Oddly, this week has been a big one for conversations regarding dog colorblindness for me — because there’s a conversation you’re likely to have more than once a month, amirite?! — so I figured I’d drop this here for easy reference the next time it comes up, which will probably be in the next 20 minutes or so.
What is troubling is what The Elf on the Shelf represents and normalizes: anecdotal evidence reveals that children perform an identity that is not only for caretakers, but for an external authority (The Elf on the Shelf), similar to the dynamic between citizen and authority in the context of the surveillance state. Further to this, The Elf on the Shelf website offers teacher resources, integrating into both home and school not only the brand but also tacit acceptance of being monitored and always being on one’s best behaviour–without question.
I would have thought an ad for Arby’s, whose sandwiches I find about as appealing as being hit in the junk with a croquet mallet, and Pepsi, whose cola I think is about as tasty as malted paint thinner, wouldn’t be something I would give a crap about. And yet here we are.