ComPost: kids these days


Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/21/2011

The official guide to last-minute Hanukkah and Christmas giving

Look no further.

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, gifts, kids these days

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Plan B and the danger of extreme examples

What a strange discussion it’s been.

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Plan B, kids these days

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Shame! MPAA rating system is broken

Watch this, not that

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:26 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NC-17, ratings, kids these days

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Bank of America’s debit card fees — a new wave of Change.org?

Don’t get too hopped up on online petitioning just yet.

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, the Internet

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/20/2011

College Board reveals the real Occupy Wall Street problem

College Board gives a real cause to the cause.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, Occupy Wall Street

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/13/2011

The irony of Occupy Wall Street

Is this a hipster movement?

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Occupy Wall Street, kids these days

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/10/2011

How not to occupy the street — Patrick Howley versus story-truth

Here’s what should be happening

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Occupy Wall Street, kids these days, oy

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Preoccupy DC

The revolution will not be organized

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:15 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Occupy Wall Street, kids these days

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Occupy Sesame Street

When the recession comes for the muppets, it’s real.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:36 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Occupy Wall Street, kids these days

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 09/30/2011

America has “gotten soft,” Obama says? Not for Millennials

And stop tweeting at us

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:52 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, kids these days

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 09/28/2011

For Banned Books week, two reasons to ban ‘Brave New World’

In honor of Banned Books Week

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:35 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books, irony, kids these days

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Dear Amazon: About that new Kindle Fire tablet

Your monthly Cassandra installment

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:59 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  technology, books, kids these days

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 09/22/2011

New Facebook — beyond Like and the new Timeline, the end of alone

Orwell knew the screen stared back.

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:50 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Facebook, kids these days, oy

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Levi Johnston’s inimitable prose — worthy of a William Shatner reading

It deserves the Shatner treatment

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:23 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Levi Johnston, Palin, kids these days

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 09/16/2011

From Star Wars to the Lion King to the Constitution, stop messing with a good thing

Star Wars, the Lion King (3D), the Constitution.

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:11 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, oy

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 08/19/2011

The end of nice — from Kathy Griffin to Rick Perry, the means have it

From Kathy Griffin to Rick Perry, the means are taking over.

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:02 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, GOP 2012, oy

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 08/19/2011

Post offices and time travel

Want to travel down memory lane? Find a closing post office.

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:18 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  post office, mail, kids these days

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 08/17/2011

Can you still ban a book? Ray Bradbury vs. Republic, Missouri

Republic, Missouri, tried. Ray Bradbury succeeded.

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:12 PM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books, kids these days, oy

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Friends with Benefits? Every generation is the Hookup Generation

I hate to break this to you, but none of this is new.

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hookups, kids these days

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Friends with Benefits? It’s too complicated!

A guest perspective on the Hookup Generation.

By Lisa Bonos  |  12:59 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hookups, kids these days, guest voices

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Google and our delegated brains

We depend on strangers for our facts

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, kids these days, memory

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Patriot? Happy Fourth of July — just don’t use the P-word

‘I love America, just not that way.’

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:52 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Patriotism, Independence Day, kids these days

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Congress, Barack Obama, and the Malia-Sasha middle school test

The dog ate it.

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:20 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, congress, kids these days

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Grow up! Google Plus isn’t the new Facebook. It’s the anti-Facebook.

What do you mean, everyone doesn’t want to hear from me all the time?

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Facebook, Kids These Days

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Is smoking the new gay marriage? The new intolerance

Do what you like in the bedroom, but no cigarettes afterward.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:21 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  smoking, gay marriage, kids these days

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 06/17/2011

College daze — distractions, cakes and ale

The best eight years of your life!

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:20 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College, hook-ups, distractions, kids these days

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Weiner? Palin? America needs more hobbies.

Maybe we can take up action painting.

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:20 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weiner, Weinergate, kids these days

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Mitt Romney, accept it: You’re America’s Awkward Stepdad

Stop trying to be cool, we beg you.

By Alexandra Petri  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, GOP 2012, kids these days

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 06/02/2011

MyPlate replaces food pyramid — good luck, USDA!

Good luck with that!

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:04 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MyPlate, food pyramid, kids these days

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Scripps National Spelling Bee is a wast of tym

Try juggling! It’s equally useful!

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:51 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spelling, kids these days, technology, spelling bee

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 06/01/2011

iCloud and the burning house

You can always get what you want!

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:22 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iCloud, the Cloud, kids these days

Posted at 08:50 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Carcinogenic cellphones? There must be an app for that.

As bad as DDT?

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:50 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cell phones, argh, kids these days

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Sarah Palin’s movie run, Urban Outfitters, and the Boring Lava field: a Q&A

A Q&A.

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:56 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, John Edwards, money

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 05/25/2011

John Edwards and the cost of indiscretion

Well, sure, but how much was the room?

By Alexandra Petri  |  07:37 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, John Edwards, money

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Laura Ingraham, Ed Schultz, and ‘right-wing sluts’

It’s everyone or no one.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:50 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, argh

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 05/20/2011

What the class of 2011 didn’t learn

Congratulations! You are unemployed!

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:54 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  college, oops, kids these days

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Tumblebooks and other ways not to read

The screens are the only things that captivate us.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:58 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, kids these days

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Google Music, Microsoft Skype-Net and futuristic disappointments

And other futuristic disappointments.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:28 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google, Microsoft, technology, kids these days

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 05/06/2011

An elegy for Yammering Man: smartphones and the spread of silence

The silence is spreading.

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:15 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  elegy, cell phones, kids these days

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/23/2011

Tennessee’s ‘Don’t say gay’ bill doesn’t go far enough

Doesn’t go far enough, says I

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  states, sex, kids these days

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 04/12/2011

More time spent consuming media? Of course — the Internet is better now

I don’t want that hour back!

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:30 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the Internet, kids these days, phones

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 04/11/2011

The biggest lie ever told: LOL. Time for Honest Acronyms

Time for Honesty in Acronyms

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:16 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the Internet, kids these days, crusades

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Bristol Palin makes WHAT to speak about abstinence?

I can also speak about something I have not done!

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:40 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Palin, America, kids these days, celebrity

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 03/30/2011

The silver bullet for college admissions

I search for the way in.

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:03 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  college, kids these days

Posted at 09:10 PM ET, 03/29/2011

In defense of lying — beyond the Stolen Valor Act

In defense of the social art

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:10 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  lying, kids these days, argh

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Stop it, Oxford English Dictionary. OMG? LOL? Heart? No!

You’re not fourteen.

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:50 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, words, the Internet, argh, apocalypse

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Chivalry vs. politeness and Chris Brown’s latest

Except possibly Chris Brown.

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:09 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kids these days, Chris Brown, ladies

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Why I hate Twitter

It’s five years old today...

By Alexandra Petri  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Twitter, kids these days

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Is streaming a felony? And what’s this about wiretapping?

Is streaming a felony? And what about wiretaps?

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:10 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Internet, kids these days, Congress

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Evan Emory’s YouTube debacle: real vs. online community

What happened to this small-town boy reveals online changes.

By Alexandra Petri  |  04:27 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evan Emory, YouTube, kids these days

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Don’t limit college students’ voting! Stop old people!

States limit college voters? Try the elderly first!

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:32 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America, college, oops, kids these days, voting, age

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Kirk Douglas, the Oscars and the power of age

Maybe our youth-obsessed culture is like Samson -- lost its power when Justin Bieber cut his hair. I enjoyed the Oscars. Disclosure: My college roommate and bosom companion wrote jokes for the telecast, so I'd been programmed to enjoy them...

By Alexandra Petri  |  08:09 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Epic Failures, Petri | Tags:  America, Oscars, age, kids these days

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Regis Philbin, Ricky Gervais, and the lost art of hosting

Regis Philbin announced today that he was retiring from Live with Regis and Kelly. (By John Paul Filo -- Cbs) There are so few good hosts left nowadays. I recently read a letter to Ask Amy inquiring if it was...

By Alexandra Petri  |  05:54 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures | Tags:  art, hosts, kids these days

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Wikipedia and the demise of the dilettante

Wikipedia, light of my life, fire of my loins. Five syllables, trippingly off the tongue. Wee. Kee. Pedia. Thursday was Wikipedia's tenth birthday. According to the About Wikipedia page, it contains 3,528,071 articles and 22,902,598 pages in total. "There...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:10 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Worst Things Ever, Worst Things Ever, Worst Things Ever | Tags:  Google, kids these days, the power of myth, wikipedia

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Natalie Portman, Hugh Hefner, and the wait for marriage

You may be waiting for marriage. But is marriage waiting for you? No one seems particularly sanguine about the institution of marriage these days. In general, you can tell something is about to die because people refer to it as...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri, Petri | Tags:  Star Wars, kids these days, marriage

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Let it snow! Washington, weather and nostalgic drifts

Well, D.C., it's snowing! Or at least -- it's flurrying! Or was, when I started writing this! Oscar Wilde once wrote, "Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else."...

By Alexandra Petri  |  03:53 PM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  Classic DC, kids these days, snow