Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Megan McArdle is working hard. One hour ago:

Most of her posts look like they were dashed off right before quitting time.  And not many people would tell their audience about how much research they are doing unless they are doing none. Especially when they don't use any research in the article. Or when most of their "facts" are wrong, as they were in her famous kitchen post; after that post she tweeted that she had spent all day researching.

Yesterday she did a one-hour Q&A for Facebook, starting late and ending early. That was it for the day.

Perhaps she is busy working on something else besides her blog, maybe a long-form article, or is travelling for business. And one hour ago was 10:30 in her time zone. She's a journalist, her hours are fluid, she might work 15 hour days for all we know, although we also know she doesn't blog on weekends or holidays, with extremely rare exceptions. Yeah. That has to be it. That must be why she's shopping for new clothes at 10:30 on a weekday. She doesn't punch a clock, after all. And it's not like you can order clothes over the internet at any time you want.

Also, too: Banana Republic? Is that where she bought this tragic dress?

Now, you might think that discussing McArdle's work habits is silly. But we all know that the poor are poor because they don't apply themselves. They don't work hard at school and save their money and think ahead. I'm only thinking of McArdle's happiness. It's for her own good.

ADDED: Hahahaha! From the comments on her second Facebook post:

Thank you, Megan, for resisting the temptation to increase post quantity and the expense of quality. So many blogs, like the MSM, have gradually become a waste of the readers' time. Thank you for never wasting my time with trite articles I could get anywhere on the Internet. Keep it unique and stimulating.


    bulbul said...

    Laziness aside:
    Note to young people: this is what your elders wore. When we were 12.
    Has Megan ever heard of the cyclicity of fashion? You know, like things that were all the rage 20 years ago are coming back? I don't really pay attention, but over the last ten years, I've noticed at least four particular items of clothing being resurrected.

    Susan of Texas said...

    Bell bottoms!

    Perhaps she wants to impress us with the sophistication of her fashion sense, which no doubt is why she's shopping from the on-line version of mall store. The dresses at Banana Republic site mostly aren't bad, but they are very middle-of-the-road.

    Why not Barney's Warehouse, if you're going to drop $120 on a pair of pants? Zara? Net-A-Porter? Nordstrom? They are out of my range (by a factor of ten) but she could have a ball.

    But I'm probably underestimating her. I'm sure she shops in a lot of different stores.

    Clever Pseudonym said...

    This is what my elders said to me in the 80s about tie dye. This is what my elders said to me in the 90s about flannel. In the aughts, they reminded me that flared jeans were the rage in the 70s, despised in the 80s, and how they just can't believe the kids today are wearing them. Just when you thought Megan couldn't get more boring, she whines the whippersnappers are dressing like the cast from Heathers, without irony.

    Skinny Little Boy from Cleveland, Ohio said...

    Like her paper towels, she probably automatically buys ugly clothes from Amazon.

    Anonymous said...

    "When I finally did get a job, with The Economist, it paid about a third of what I'd been expecting as a consultant. I had about a thousand dollars in loan payments, and of course, I had to live in New York, where my job was. For the first time in my life, I understood what Victorian novelists meant when they described someone as "shabby". Over the years since I'd had a steady income, my clothes had stretched out of shape, ripped, become stained, gone out of style. I couldn't afford new ones. And I wasn't one of those whizzy heroines who can make over her own clothes. Instead, I frumped around in clothes that never looked quite right, and felt the way my clothes looked."

    Susan of Texas said...

    And as God is her witness, she'll never wear the same thing twice again.

    Poor, poor Megan. She'll never fit in with the .001% because she has no idea how to dress. She doesn't throw on Daddy's old Armani coat or stock up on hand-made silk blouses and tailored suits. She tries to be in style instead of creating her own style.

    I am still wondering if she bought 1980s Fiesta dishes instead of 1930s Fiesta dishes because she didn't know any better and does not do any research. The difference in price is considerable. (She first mentioned her Fiestaware when testing espresso makers and later told us that she put her large collection of Fiestaware on shelves put up by her handyman. And that the shelves fell down and destroyed her collection.

    Anonymous said...

    What's aggravating is that it's heavily implied that it's the fault of her handyman and not her own fault for not being more careful about shelving.
    Considering she likes to blame the poor for being poor. This is definitely on her by her own reasoning.

    Susan of Texas said...

    Yes, she might have wanted to mention that she was going to store a large collection of extremely heavy dinnerware on those shelves.