WHAT'S UP WITH MY RHEUMATISM, DOC? @ 16 June 2010 10:43 AM
There's another fascinating and fiery thread on Cartoon Brew about the new designs for the upcoming Looney Tunes series. You can read the latest comments here (parental discretion advised, some naughty words).

One of the people, who seems like a nice person and just wants us to get along and be nice, just the same made a bit of a narrow generalization about the naysayers being "old people" and I thought I might share my latest earnest comment here:

Seriously, I hear where you're coming from and, as someone who is also "legit" -- resume and references available on request -- in the industry a long time (but not long enough to necessarily make me "old," mind you), I understand that, if you find yourself among groups of people who get you down, there's a very human tendency to assume that all people of that age/race/gender/corporation/rank/religion/politics/planet/dimension/shoe size are "like that." But they're not.

I also agree that, in the words of Sybil Fawlty, "There's no excuse for rudeness, Basil." And I must repeat, not everyone on this remarkably long thread who criticize the designs, whether rudely or not, are all like those old people you have to deal with. And not all old people are, either. Many embrace change and innovate right up until they're buried.

This is just my little way to prevent hasty generalizations and stereotyping because that sort of thinking can not only hurt people personally, it can cost them their livelihood and can cost organizations the resources of great people who bring them great work and perhaps big profit shares, too.

People of all ages can be resistant to change. Here's some more recent examples: how many people thought "Monk" jumped the shark since Sharona left the show? How about Ellen joining "American Idol?" Or Simon Cowell leaving? Are the complainers all old people?

It's clear that you really don't like folks to be cruel and hurtful. I appreciate your revision to the phrase "change haters," however it was pretty much followed by a "but" and a reiteration of pretty much the same generalization.

Trust me -- annoying people of all ages will cross your path throughout your life and career, especially as you continue and widen your experience in the industry. (My theory has always been that there's an Annoying People Factory somewhere that continually replaces them as they proceed on their annoying way.)

But at that point, you might become old, so what then? You may still continue to appreciate new ideas and embrace change.

What will the next comments be? Will the boy leave the chair? And...what about Naomi?


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