Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sporting Life in America: Competitive Bragging

NYT: "Honk if You Adore My Child Too."
"For a generation of successful upper-middle-class parents deeply involved in their children's development, filial pride can easily go overboard. Competitive bragging has become a new social sport, with a vast field of play that includes practically any public place, from the office coffee cart to the supermarket checkout line. The puffery is so inescapable, it has inspired a backlash: anti-brag bumper stickers, shirts and pins with slogans like 'My kid sells term papers to your honor student.'"

2 Comments:

Blogger Fallen Angels said...

A popular bumper sticker in my area is "my kid beat up your honor student".

Sera

11:28 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

Remind me not to visit you without an escort, Sera. I may be big, but I'm a wimp.

11:56 PM  

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