- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
- Ottawa day care suspends 2-year-old for ‘outside’ cheese sandwich
- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
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SIMMONS: Walkability, bicycle lanes no answer to gridlock
We aren’t who we think we are.
While out and about since Thanksgiving, the changes in our cultural dynamics became stark.
The Pentagon City mall in Arlington and the Mall in Prince George’s were both chock-full of people of color, many of them from other lands.
The Mall in Washington continues to draw thousands of American-born visitors, but it also was a huge hit with cluster upon cluster of Asian tourists.
Much of the chatter at bars, food courts and beauty shops, and on the screens on handheld devices was soap operas.
But it wasn’t the soap operas of old, the ones heard on the radio or reflected in the days of our 20th-century lives.
Those shows have been replaced with real-life dramas with titles like “Housewives,” “Mob Wives” and “Basketball Wives” and starring vain women acting out the very definitions of misogyny in 60 minutes or less.
Also, frighteningly, newspapers, magazines and books are seemingly going the way of the stone tablets (like the ones Charlton Heston embraced in “The Ten Commandments”) and being replaced with electronic tablets.
If these facts and observations are America’s new “we,” then our immigration system isn’t “broken,” as President Obama said Sunday, and a push for comprehensive reform needn’t be a major concern of his second term.
But “we” clearly need to be more heavy-handed about reality TV when the website anhoward.wordpress.com/the-effect-reality-tv-is-having-on-us-shocking-statistics/ cites the fact that eating disorders in girls 13 to 19 years old have nearly tripled since reality TV began its boom in 2000.
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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