Recommended reading

I follow a lot of blogs, and every Saturday I round up the posts I enjoyed most from the week.

Political correctness appears to be on the outs these days. Jess Cotton asks us to reframe the conversation in terms of politeness, which is apolitical and aspirational. Read Political Correctness vs. Politeness

Caterpillar, the maker of large construction equipment, moved its headquarters from Peoria, IL, to Chicago recently. Aaron Renn says that this reflects a growing chasm between large cities and the rest of the country and doesn’t think it adds up to anything good. Read Caterpillar’s HQ Move to Chicago Shows America’s Double Divide

Mike Connealy made a strong portrait of the proprietor of an old-car museum (of sorts), and I thought you’d like to see it. Read Cars and Trucks and Mr. Lewis

Writing for The Truth About Cars, Jack Baruth does a stunningly insightful analysis of an Audi ad that will air during tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Despite its veneer of a positive message, he doesn’t much like what it says about what Audi thinks of its target market. Read The Real Message Behind Audi’s Super Bowl Ad Isn’t Exactly An Uplifting One

Jennifer Bowman wrote a long essay this week about public lands and their value, and about how the warming climate has both affected those lands and the people who work them — especially in this current political climate. Read What the Badlands know: a reflection on public lands, and how we stand to lose


4 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. hmunro says:

    I echo your recommendation of Jennifer Bowman’s piece, Jim — I meant it when I likened her to a modern-day John Muir.

    Jess Cotton’s piece was this week’s big revelation for me. He is so right in his distinction between political correctness and politeness. As a society we would do well to show each other a basic mutual respect and keep a civil tongue in our heads, regardless of our politics. Although I’ve despaired at the tone my country is setting with the rest of the world, I keep trying to remind myself that we must each be the change we wish to see in the world.


    • Us and them. The thing the recent election made clear is that there are two broad factions in this country. The faction currently celebrating has felt ignored and crapped upon for a long time. Our politeness needs to extend first to them, even though “their man” won and they are sometimes gloating a little.

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  2. DougD says:

    Hmm, read Baruth’s piece although I’m trying to stay away from TTAC these days. Interesting, although I haven’t seen the commercial and don’t think I’ll bother. Another great reason not to have cable.


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