"Learning how to transform mere ignorance into mystery, simple not knowing into wonder, is a useful skill".
I actually just saw this in Monday's IHT and only got through about half of it before I got annoyed and moved on to news about Libya. There are a few issues that I have with it. Firstly, his statement that "adolescents secretly like feeling eccentric and freakish and alone" is I think perhaps missing the point. I think most adolescents don't want to feel alone, per se, they just want to feel like they have an identity that is distinct from others', particularly their parents' and other older generations'. But most adolescents still want acceptance from others in their peer group, and will spend a great amount of time and energy to ensure that they are not alone. Now, of course, a lack of availability of knowledge can solidify peer group bonds by making it difficult for people outside of the peer group to gain that knowledge. However, the knowledge within the peer group does not necessarily depend on its lack of availability to others. Rather, it depends on the fact that all those inside the peer group have it. You know the secret handshake, and so do I. So what if we got it off some website on the Internet?
I thought this would be a controversial one. I was also bothered by a lot of the article as it is in direct opposition to some of my core values. However, I was really taken with the quote from Kurt Cobain regarding seeing photos from punk magazines and imagining what it sounded like..."imagining". There is a virtue in not knowing and letting your mind stir up potential answers/solutions. There was an episode of the TV show 30 Rock in which Jon Hamm played a character that was so handsome, he never had to work for anything. The result was a really handsome, uninformed dud. You recently posted a link to a blog post about starting a project quickly so that you allow yourself time to reflect on the task, thereby giving your subconsience mind time to work through it. Could it be that having the answers at our fingertips for most of our everyday questions is turning many people into "duds"? Take away most peoples GPS and they couldn't find their house from 20 miles away.