“Who cares?” is another phrase that encapsulates the “Let Them Eat Cake” sentiment — rich people simply don’t, and shouldn’t, care about the plight of others. So we owe wealthy Fox News pundit Brit Hume a thank-you for his sheer honesty.
During an O’Reilly Factor discussion about income inequality hitting record levels in America, Hume accused Democrats of being “obsessed” with economic fairness, and then declared that “If inequality is at a very much higher level, who cares?”
[S]ince the need for public role models has been assuaged of late thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Ian McKellen, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Chris Colfer, Chaz Bono, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears, Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sean Hayes, Jane Lynch, Dan Savage, Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Alan Cumming, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Amber Heard, T.R. Knight, Cheyenne Jackson, Sean Maher, etc., etc., etc. — is the cynically axiomatic argument that an openly gay A-list movie star is a contradiction in terms.
Now that we know how the iPhone 4S stacks up against the iPhone 4, let’s take a look at how Apple’s latest smartphone compares to its mightiest competitors on the other major platforms — Android and Windows Phone. In Google’s camp we chose the superlative Samsung Galaxy S II models (focusing on the announced US variants) along with the Motorola Droid Bionic for its qHD and LTE chops. We then picked the upcoming HTC Titan to bat for Microsoft’s team. RIM’s not included here since it’s still stuck in the junior leagues. We left out the intriguing Nokia N9 because it’s a niche player. Check out the fancy table after the break — the results are pretty clear cut!
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, as a white, straight, male (WSM) I am the most privileged person in our societal structure. But, that doesn’t mean I’m well off, or any better. In fact, because of that privilege I grew up blind to systems that had long oppressed and subjugated people. I grew up unaware of how small, simple things perpetuate systems of privilege.