Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Simpsons Generation

I remember when Howard (former Australian Prime Minister) was in, for a brief (odd) moment he enjoyed a slight uptick in the positive feelings of "da youf". Conservative columnists claimed this starry eyed love of Howard was due to a love of country, because - you know - Mainstream Values etc - and something about loving money was a good thing. These kids were coined as South Park Conservatives.

This demographic bubble'o'love popped shortly afterwards. Probably when da kids, who in addition to loving money, worked out the earth they were to inherit was going to be left in a somewhat fucked condition by Howard's mine loving cronies.

Anyway, onto my topic. Assigning seminal shows to brand a generation with. For me, if I had to choose, I would be of the Simpsons generation. Because I hit late teens when it came out, and the show's goodness got better and better as the 90s rolled on (peaking - in my humble opinion - with the season with Homer goes to College and Burns' Casino).

During its rise all us youf of the 90s pretty much to a person watched it. We saw morality plays play out before us. We understood much of the layered high and low brow references within it. You could repeat a snatch of dialogue to a similarly aged peer, and chances are they'd know where it was from, and what it was about. Doing lines from the Simpsons could be used as a shorthand means of discussing issues. In summary it was us and we were it - the Simpsons Generation.

How this really came home to me was the other day when intereacting with someone not of the Simpson's generation - my boss.

My boss thinks I tend to waffle on a bit in the wordy form. When I write briefs I tend to have a lot of background - minuting every aspect of the topic so I cover my bases. I think it's because I write for an e-reader, where space isn't an issue, and he came from a world of paper minutes where space clearly was.

As he left my desk he said 'remember, small words.'

I responded by saying a Simpson's line - 'him card read good' - from the Ep where Bart is made Burns' heir. Shorthand - amongst us Simpsons types - for simple.

He misheard me. He in fact heard 'Him can't read good.' I know this because he (sort of) laughed and said that as he walked off. I think therefore he thought I was having a go at him.

Simpsons induced FAIL.

Still, if I had to choose between a world of No Simpson's and a miscommunication boss offending, then I would choose miscommunication boss offending.

Because I don't want to live in a world without Zinc.

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