A slight, muddled and simplistic piece on Slate: In defence of Barbie
. The author concludes that here in Europe, we love Barbie
, and will have no truck with the pink princesses’ gender stereotyping ways.
European families have no problem with their daughters emulating a happy, confident, good-looking, American girl. Patriotic homegrown parents could learn to love her too.
What the article overlooks is the enormous power wielded by Mattel
, daubing the statutory pink over practically everything, playing on pester power and even sneaking the doll into ballets
to ensure that all bases are covered. Sugarplum fun indeed. A couple of subversive Barbie links: I
From the ridiculous to the sublime: a quote about the early days of supercomputing from Steve Chen, CEO of Tonbu (in Wired
We could actually predict the weather very accurately (in the late '80s). The problem was it took a week to predict tomorrow's weather
, recently. More supercomputers from NASA's GRIN, resplendent in their international style/Herman Miller aesthetic (I
). Those were the days when computer room was the cool, classy and modern place to work.