For better or worse, carrying the Economist is sort of like wearing a shirt that says "I'm smart and worldly and interested in knowing things about Ghana." But unlike a shirt saying all that, it actually works to convey that impression. An NPR bag, for its part, is a signal of a particular brand of non-confrontational, college-educated, sightly-crunchy liberalism. Is that a stereotype? Sure. But it's working for the station's merchandise department.Thanks, Ezra, for turning my beloved NPR into the popular purveyor of, to coin a phrase, "Vampire Weekend liberalism."
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I know I haven't posted in a long time, and this isn't going to be any kind of extended post. But I had to take a poke at Ezra Klein's characterization of NPR's and The Economist's success: