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