2006: The Year of Mediocrity
V Note: Here is another installment by Jack Serpentine. Enjoy! P.S. Aside from general google image searches, the hot picture of JC in boots is from her site via Jane magazine.
Maybe it’s because I’m bitter that my bracket is not working out at all, but has anyone else noticed the unbelievable triumph of mediocrity? I’m not just talking about how our president is a failed businessman who spent the majority of his life drunk and coked out of his mind before waking up and deciding he should lead the free world. I’m not even talking about a world in which March sees teams like Bradley, George Mason and Wichita State playing in the Sweet 16, while basketball royalty Kansas, North Carolina, and Kentucky watch from home. And I’m honestly not even that upset that William Hung enjoyed an overextended 15 minutes…way overextended. No.
What finally pushed me over the edge is hearing that Ana Marie Cox has landed a gig with Time Magazine. This comes on the heels of me drinking my way through the news that Jessica Cutler is working with HBO on a series about her “exploits.” I mean, I have nothing against these girls. Truth be told I think they’re pretty hot and certainly above average on the old intelligence scale. But Time and HBO? Really? These two “made it” in DC by making snarky boner jokes (in Ana Marie’s case) and by f’ing low to mid-level bores on the Hill (in Jessica’s case). Then they both wrote books that should only be read over a loudspeaker in a dark room to sleep-deprived detainees in Gitmo. I assure you, if we did this we’d get drawn maps and an armed escort to whatever cave Osama is hiding in.
Now I hate being thrust into the hater category. And I love Wonkette, especially with the two new dudes that write it. I also admit to being more than a little turned on by Jessica’s Playboy spread. I genuinely admire that both had the balls to take advantage of the breaks they’ve gotten. But come on. Please don’t let these two work for prestigious organizations like Time and HBO; at least not yet. After a few more years, and the possibility of gathering more wisdom and talent, perhaps these two should have a shot, but not now. I debuted here bemoaning the Baby Boom generation. Now I have to turn on my own. Believe me, we can do better than this. I’ll even say that these two may have the requisite skills, but they’re not developed enough yet for this type of fame.
Instead of rewarding mediocrity, we need to spend time developing actual skills and truly rewarding talent and wisdom. Is this too much to ask?