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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Scottish Report Loaded With Stereotypes

A news report about changes in the venture capital marketplace is loaded with OFFENSIVE CULTURAL STEREOTYPES about my people. The headline, "Flip-flop is now on the other foot in Silicon Valley" is grossly misleading. Silicon Valley people like Steve Jobs who (when not wearing sneakers) wear open-toe footwear don't ware "flip-flops," but sandals. The story characterizes Silicon Valley entrepreneurs as "geeks in flip-flops and baseball caps, effortlessly making their first million by taking their technology company to the market." First, people in Silicon Valley are less likely than average Americans to wear baseball caps (partly because they're less likely than your average American to have grown up in America). Second, working for a Silicon Valley startup is a lot of fun -- what with the nerf toys and what not -- but it's hardly an "effortless" life. Most work 100 hours a week or more. I'm outraged by this insensitive stereotyping. Like, OUTRAGED, or whatever.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sunday, July 29, 2007 1:28:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I'd rather blog. -Mike

Sunday, July 29, 2007 3:40:00 PM  
Blogger Fore said...

"My people"?
You're about as Scottish as a Mexican claiming he's 'Spanish'. What is it with Americans thinking/claiming they're 'Irish' or 'Scottish'?
I thought by law Americans had to be devout pariots, saying 'oaths' and waving flags and stuff of your own country? Now you're telling us you're not even a yank?
Or are you simply confirming that white Americans are the first 'wetbacks'?

Oh... and from that photo we can safely gather that money certainly can't buy you dress nor fashion sense. S.Jobs needs to get some trousers that fit him.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry "fore"
You have a bigoted idea of what it is to be an American. We are just one of millions of peoples that live in hundreds of countries that have a population that tracks their ancestry back to another place of origin More than likely we emigrated to avoid a pain in the ass like you. When you make as big as impact on the world as Steve Jobs, maybe then we'll be interested in your fashion tips.

Monday, July 30, 2007 8:26:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Well, first of all, this is obviously humor and nothing else. Second, "My people" refers to Silicon Valley types and Californians. The Scottish are the ones I accuse -- tongue-in-cheek -- of using stereotypes.

Mike Elgan

Monday, July 30, 2007 11:58:00 AM  

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