Reader Shock: Anecdotes Are Not Trends
The New York Times is at it again, publishing yet another random collection of anecdotes masquerading as a bold new trend. With today's doozy, "Parent Shock: Children Are Not Decor," the paper of record continues to perfect the art of taking a nominally interesting subject -- in this case, the struggle to keep one's multifaceted identity from being completely subsumed into the role of parent -- and turning it into a trend piece on affluent New Yorkers, and then not-so-subtly encouraging us to sneer at the foibles of these overprivileged Americans. At least this time around it isn't just the upper-middle-class moms who take a beating; dads are impugned too -- gay dads, even. Yup, the wheel of progress just keeps a-turning.
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