I like this argument, it’s excellent

Why are we so obsessed with young, successful people like Sally Rooney?
Ammar Kalia
The author’s achievements are considerable – but it’s her talent that matters, not her age

Great. So, now we can reject all arguments that simply come from young people, can’t we? All that about being the inheritors so therefore their voice must be heard etc, rubbish, for it’s only talent that matters.

Good, glad that’s sorted.

9 comments on “I like this argument, it’s excellent

  1. As with the adage about newspaper articles headed by a question requiring the answer ‘no’, so I’m beginning to think that anything in the media including “why are we obsessed by…” can be answered with;

    WE aren’t, you are.

  2. “the pressures to succeed at work and in our personal lives – perhaps with stories of 20-something geniuses at the backs of our minds – leave us unable to undertake even the simplest of tasks.”

    Ammar blithely throws in an “us”, but “us” and “me” are not interchangeable. I’d guess Ammar is a bit of a youthful above mean achiever herself and has chosen to complain to “us” about the weight of expectation of greater things she feels when she sees the very top achievers in her peer group. Ok so if that self imposed expectation exists i don’t have a problem with someone writing about that only the instinct to want society-at-large to change in order to lessen something going on in Ammar’s head.

  3. Who?, I asked myself.

    Googled her. I found the publicity photos rather amusing, lots of standing around looking slightly depressed.

    Doubt I’ll bother to investigate her oeuvre, but good luck to her.

  4. Who is “we”? Painful experience has taught me that prize winning novels are exactly the sort of novels I should avoid at all costs. And since I don’t follow the whole handing out prize thingy, for all I know this could be nothing more than three drunk guys voting for the author whose photo got them horny.

  5. I’d guess Ammar is a bit of a youthful above mean achiever herself and has chosen to complain to “us” about the weight of expectation of greater things she feels when she sees the very top achievers in her peer group.

    Actually, our Ammar is a dude.

    Or at the very least identifies as a dude.

  6. Googled her. I found the publicity photos rather amusing, lots of standing around looking slightly depressed.

    I think she was going for Very Serious Deep Thinker With The Weight Of The World And Life In General On Her Shoulders, but she comes across as Headache Inducing Bore Of A Woman To Be Avoided At All Costs.

  7. Successful young people are a bit weird. I knew a guy who at 20 was a world champion hip hop DJ. While we were all out chasing girls and getting drunk he was in his bedroom day and night focused on his DJing. These aren’t normal young people.

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