Kardashianization of Politics

Conservative obsession with attacking Ocasio-Cortez is keeping her in the news 24/7 and only making her stronger. They’re going to make the mistake as the libs did with Trump and end up making her president.

— Murtaza Mohammad Hussain (@MazMHussain) November 18, 2018

Journalists simply follow ratings. The Kardashians have a huge following. When you see a woman who is a parody of a star on the Kardashians, you’ve got to put her on to attract viewers. I tune in for her like I don’t for Elizabeth Warren or Paul Ryan because she’s simply so goshdarn funny. It’s the Kardashian-type funny but it’s still entertaining.

Complexities of Immigration

Social media use is a great predictor of how well an immigrant will adapt to the new country. It’s always important to see who the target audience of an immigrant’s social media output is.

In the notoriously unadaptable Russian-speaking immigrant community, for instance, there are some very popular bloggers, YouTubers, Instagramers, etc. But they speak exclusively to people back home or people who are immigrants from their own community. Facebookers prefer to write in Russian and address a Russian-speaking group of friends even if they have perfect English.

These are people who rank high in terms of educational and financial attainment and who don’t find it hard to make six figures but who have only emigrated in body and not in soul. (For obvious reasons, people who live in misery in our countries don’t emigrate to North America. Those who come here are already successful academically and professionally. The ones who flee misery go to Portugal.)

I recently had a conversation with somebody who emigrated from Russia at least 20 years ago and is living a very successful, comfortable life in the US.

“What do you think about the elections?” I asked, and my interlocutor plunged into an enthusiastic discussion of the elections of the mayor of Moscow. It took me a while to explain I meant a different election, and when I did, he lost all interest in the discussion.

It’s like when Russia and Canada played a major hockey game a few years ago, and the newspaper of the Russian immigrant community in Canada came out with the headline of “Our team won!” on the next day. When I saw the front page, I thought Canada won and felt happy. But that’s not what the publishers meant.

Immigration is very complex and can’t be understood with simplistic approaches.

NYTimes: The Long-Term Cost When Graduates Move Back Home

In a discovery that should surprise exactly no one, graduates in need of financial help do a lot better if they get financial assistance from their parents than if they move back home.

Everybody in the article seems stunned by this but it’s obvious how this works. Moving back with the parents puts you in a role of a child. And a child isn’t supposed to be professionally successful. People live up to their roles. It takes a person of rare strength and courage to avoid living up to an assigned role. But that person won’t be moving in with parents to begin with.

Another reason is that a dynamic where parents aren’t offering financial help instead of moving back in and children aren’t asking for it is already one of controlling parents and a beaten down child whose initiative has been sapped out. Being professionally successful is unattainable to such a person.

A much more interesting question is where the drive, the hunger for more, the restlessness of mind come from. I have no idea but since they are not as crucial as the capacity to be an adult, it doesn’t matter. Everybody needs to eat but it doesn’t have to be caviar.