TL;DR is a common refrain found on the Web now. It means that something was too long for the comfort of the reader, so they didn’t bother. Reader’s Digest version, please?
Why bring up this smarmy abbreviation? There’s a blog post going around that’s got a lot of good content in it, but it’s too long for most people to read it. Most people need to know what it contains though. Here’s the TL;DR summation:
Canada’s government has a lot in common with the dystopian novel 1984‘s fictional world. This is according to a respected pollster and academic with a PC background.
“What The Fuck.”
WTF. Do pay attention, or it will get worse for you and your family, quickly. Here’s an excerpt with a fine example. It’s about Truthiness and feeling/hating, not thinking:
In his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention, this is the rationale that Mitt Romney offered as the most compelling reason to vote for him instead of his opponent …. “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family?”
What the f**k? As if the two are mutually exclusive? As if healing the planet means you can’t help families? Or that helping families means ignoring the planet?
Yet this was the biggest applause line of his entire speech. I guess for many, when you fear for your family, it is comforting to think that all you have to do to protect them is ignore rising ocean levels and everything will be alright. Once again, in the most perverse way, Orwell was right … Ignorance can feel like strength.
And here’s the bit about paying attention, and doing something. Paying attention would be a good start.
While the circumstance in Canada 2012 is obviously nowhere near as dystopian as what Orwell depicts in 1984, I really do think that there are some unsettling parallels going on here that we ignore at our peril. I also think it’s time to gather the facts….and fight back.