It takes Crabby Old Lady’s breath away how relentless bigots are in their ability to excuse their prejudices.
In a story titled “Why Language Matters” last May, Time Goes By pointed out an example of everyday ageism that would be minor enough to be overlooked except for the fact that such breaches of civility are repeated day in and day out in publications everywhere, which subtly reinforces the acceptability of ageist beliefs.
The example in May came from Ken Winell, CEO of Expert Collab quoted by InformationWeek reporter Paula Rooney. It read, in part:
“’Blogs and MySpace/social networking is the modern day community bulletin board,’ he said. ‘I expect to see kiosks for blogs at the senior centers that talk about shuffleboard and bad dinner theater any day now!’”
- InformationWeek, 26 May 2006
Yesterday, on the same day that Crabby Old Lady upbraided some others for age prejudice, Mr. Winell responded [scroll down to near the bottom of the comments] that he was taken out of context and:
“…I think my quote on how instead of bulletin boards at assisted living facilities, community centers etc, will eventually change to electronic and social networking web sites, is accurate.”
Accurate? Certainly (although hardly a revelation), but it does not acknowledge the bigotry of the original quote. Elsewhere in his comment, Mr. Winell jams his foot further down his throat:
“This quote was not reflective of bigotry of older generations, in fact, what I was trying to get across was how technology permeates itself despite general opposition of persons to accept change.”
“…despite general opposition of persons to accept change”? Is Crabby Old Lady meant to understand from this response that elders not only have poor judgment regarding the quality of live theater, according to Mr. Winell, they oppose change?
“The bad dinner theater comment may have been in bad taste…”
Bad taste?!? Bad taste is flocked wallpaper; the dinner theater comment is bigotry. No other point outweighs bigotry – ever - and bigotry in service to another point is gratuitous and demeaning and serious and unacceptable.