Talk To Me Like I Am Stupid: Things I don’t get about my side
The New York Times like many newspapers has multiple sections. One of these sections covers real estate and anther section covers Styles.
I generally think these stories and features are pretty harmless and I am perfectly willing to put up with them if they subsidize the investigative reporting that the New York Times does well. In today’s media landscape, very few news organizations can do investigative reporting at the level of the New York Times. I also like looking at pictures of nice real estate and apartments.
Yet there is a large chunk of the left that is absolutely horrified by the existence of the New York Times real estate and Styles section. They also seem to think that the average American is on their side and is equally repelled by the yuppie-nature of the New York Times real estate and styles sections. I am not sure this is true. I generally think that Americans are an aspirational people and while not necessarily wanting a Park Avenue apartment or a Cobble Hill browstone, they are also not morally and/or aesthetically opposed to the existence of Park Avenue apartments or Cobble Hill brownstones.
Basically I think snarking about the real estate and styles section is a counterproductive strategy for the left and I frankly don’t see how it is going to lead to worthwhile and necessary progressive programs like true single-payer health insurance, more rights for labor and employees including better policies for sick leave and vacation, fighting climate change, etc.
So what is this difference here between me and my fellow progressives. What purpose do they think the mockery and snark are going to produce? Which one of us is right about the nature of the American public? Why is it hard to just ignore the real estate and lifestyle sections if one doesn’t like them?