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Friday, June 15, 2007

Thank You, Meadow Soprano

The last episode of The Sopranos makes it look like Meadow Soprano is going to be a mob lawyer …
… a self-righteous mob lawyer …
… a self-righteous mob lawyer who uses all the right multicultural cliches …

This will make it easier to argue against the excuses of identity politics. If somebody claims that, for example, the Rosenbergs were executed only because of antisemitism (you can change the example to fit whatever groups you might belong to), you can now compare that to Meadow Soprano's rationalizations.

The downside is that sometimes you have to criticize discrimination. On the other hand, once the Meadow-Soprano metaphor get loose in the blogosphere, it might produce better criticisms. For example, it won't be enough to complain about disparate impact, you'll have to give a specific example of how the same phenomenon is handled differently depending on which group is involved. (You can see an example of this here.)


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