Golden oldies: 72 Things Younger Than John McCain
- August 25, 2008 12:03 PM |
- By Arts Online
Illustration by Jillian Tamaki
There are many reasons to criticize John McCain, but I've never been a fan of the trend of mocking the Republican senator-slash-putative Presidential candidate solely for being, y'know, older than his telegenic political opponents. That said, when the new novelty book 72 Things Younger Than John McCain> dropped from the heavens and landed on my desk this morning, I couldn't help flipping through.
The slim, gimmicky volume is by a fellow named Joe Quint, who runs a graphic design studio and maintains a blog (www.thingsyoungerthanmccain.com); his book is the latest in the current trend of internet spinoff publications (see also: Stuff White People Like: the book and I Can Haz Cheezburger: A LOLCat Colleckshun). In the bio blurb on the back cover, Quint insists that he "doesn't hate old people."
72 Things... isn't so much a collection of cheap shots as it is a mildly amusing (and occasionally informative) compendium of pop culture phenomena that've emerged over the last 72 years (i.e since McCain's birth). As Quint asserts in his introduction-slash-mission statement, "[B]y picking ubiquitous products, items from popular culture, famous people that seem older than McCain but really aren't (paging Keith Richards...), I'm able to both hammer home the idea of how age (unlike gender or race) could impact the effectiveness and success of a president and also have some fun at the same time."
Don't know if I entirely buy his loftier sociopolitical commentary claims, but I'll admit that it's interesting to get a sense of the remarkable shifts that have occurred in popular culture in the last three-quarters of a century, and to discover the relative newness of so many inventions, ideas and entities (2-ply toilet paper! Nachos! Social Security!).
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