Have you ever been on the 'wrong side of history'?
Were you ever on the wrong side of a social or political issue and later regretted it?
When I first heard Pink I thought she would be a one-hit wonder. Boy was I wrong.
Growing up as a middle-class White Boy in the suburban midwest, I passionately believed that Affirmative Action was a horrible policy that took opportunities away from hard-working white people in order to waste them on unqualified minorities in a stupid attempt to "feel good". I wrote papers about it more than once.
Now that I've actually seen more of the world beyond the lily-white suburbs, I feel very differently.
Voted for John Edwards in the primary.
In 1999 I saw the internet as a limitless dimension of media entrepreneurship and an eventual fulcrum of next-level creativity that corporate entertainment - studios, startups, networks - would have to embrace. Then the 911 demolition happened, and it was US culture right down the toilet, with Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, Seth McFarlane, Survivor, American Idol, Ashton Kutcher - a calculated parade of sleazy, obedient, lowbrow, brain dead media for pharmapigs to snack to. The creative revolution didn't happen or was not embraced.
I honestly didn't think tablets like the iPad would find a big market...I was an idiot.
I thought that John Edwards was going to be our best and only chance at regaining the White House.
I really had high hopes for Howard Dean when he ran for President. But I should have known that intellectual types never make it Washington. Adlai Stevenson's run against Eisenhower in 1956 was proof of that and the country has only gotten dumber since then. I am convinced that the mainstream media played a huge roll in destroying Dean's candidacy. They way over-hyped his speech to his followers following a defeat in a primary making it into a Tom Cruise sofa moment when it really wasn't. Obviously someone with influence was pulling the strings to make sure that his candidacy didn't happen.
r2, who indocrinated you into PC
You're so right, R7. Corporate media played and discussed the 'yell' 24/7 until he was dead in the water. In hindsight, it is so obvious that corporate forces were scared of him and wanted him toast. Watching the scream speech today, there is no there there. Really goes to show you how much of a farce our democracy is with our current corporate media machine.
I can't thing of one Pink hit R1.
No, I haven't.
I've always steered clear of trends
Paging all Hillbots.
I voted for Hilary in the Texas primaries.
I was certain, coming to age in the Reagan era (class of '88), that the U.S. had veered as far right as people would allow. And that a sharp turn to the left and more progressive times were ahead.
I overestimated my countrymen.
I didn't believe the Serbs were ethnically cleansing Bosnians. When I saw the video of emaciated prisoners in a POW camp, my brother said it looked images of the Holocaust. I said that the Bosnian prisoners probably just pushed the skinniest guys to the front of the line to gain sympathy from the TV crews.
When 9/11 happened I was one of those morons who, even though I was a progressive liberal, rallied around the ra-ra "America will overcome! They hate us for our freedom!" bullshit that Dubya was pushing. I get embarrassed just thinking about how I was all like "Bomb the motherfuckers!" when we went into Afghanistan. By the time BushCo. started beating the war drums for Iraq I had snapped out of the patriotic stupor but by then it was too late.
I completely underestimated the number of same sex people who would choose to marry and raise children.
[quote]Then the 911 demolition happened, and it was US culture right down the toilet, with Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, Seth McFarlane, Survivor, American Idol, Ashton Kutcher - a calculated parade of sleazy, obedient, lowbrow, brain dead media for pharmapigs to snack to. The creative revolution didn't happen or was not embraced.
Uh, what did 9/11 have anything to do with Ashton Kutcher or any of this?
[quote]a calculated parade of sleazy, obedient, lowbrow, brain dead media for pharmapigs to snack to.
And yet this pretentious douchebag is here at the Datalounge.
I never thought android would become a thing. I thought google was throwing their money away back then when they were developing it.
R20 is a little too defensive.
I thought my dad was a dork for using Google instead of Yahoo. A friend of mine from summer camp was one of the first 100 people on Facebook and I rolled my eyes when she tried to sell me on it as the new Myspace.
But that's not really answering OP's question - I also voted for John Edwards in the primary (although I wasn't a big fan and almost voted for Al Sharpton - my real shame is that I thought Howard Dean was a joke). I also thought the Iraq war would be over pretty quickly, even though I opposed it.
For two decades I thought Lindsay Lohan was going to be the next Kathryn Hepburn.
And for some reason, even though I know she is now a train wreck, every night before I go to bed, I Google her name for news of her. In bed, I whisper her name, Lowenstein, Lowen...uhh..Lohan, Lohan....
In the early '90s, I allowed my broker to talk me out of investing in Apple at $6/share because he was convinced the company would go belly up.
I admit that I actually believed Condi & Dubya about Iraq.
Call me naive, but I didn't think they would lie to start a war
Voting for John Edwards isn't being on the wrong side of history. It just means you have bad judgment in character.
Anyone who saw the "transformation" of populist Edwards in 2008 from the centrist Democrat in 2004 is just easily duped by a charlatan.
In 1981-1983 I bought into a lot of the AIDS bs that we were being fed by the press and White House. Since I'm not gay, and knew no one suffering with fear and confusion, all I could think was "it's there own fault".
I've done a lot of work over the years to right that wrong and assuage my guilt at being so easily lead down the wrong path.
I was wrong
Was a republican as a teenager.
There were a lot DLers calling people not patriotic for being against Iraq. That was awful.
It was pretty awful during that time r31. We were living under a gov't that openly divided people between those who supported the Admin's actions and those who raised doubts. I like to just refer to the Bush era as just a very Orwellian decade.
I hate to say this but thank you God for Katrina. It opened everyone eyes. After Katrina, it was okay again to criticize the President.
No, but history's been on the wrong side of me.
Obama's on the wrong side with regard to pushing global trade slavery.
Yes. I have changed my mind about some things. For instance, when I was very young I opposed affirmative action, not seeing how important it was to diversify society and also not recognizing the disadvantages that a great many members of minorities had at the time.
Always voted against Reagan...history should have followed MY lead.
I voted for Reagan in his reelection landslide. Eh, I was young, my first election, and I fell for all the rah rah.
Nope. Because I'm not a conservative moron.
The first time I heard Golden Girls was a show in the making, I thought to myself, "who the hell is going to want to watch a show about four old ladies?" I honestly didnt think it would last a month.
When I was a closet case, I voted twice for Ronald Reagan and even went to a rally of his.
I used to believe we had a free press until I was backpacking in Israel in '90 when some big stuff was happening that I witnessed. Then we read the US press accounts and they were not just off base but flat out lying for a pro-Israeli slant.
It was an eye opener and it's gotten much worse. Corporations decide what we should think and know now.
I also used to think we had a representative democracy for the most part with a little hand greasing and lying thrown around. That did not turn out as I has thought either,
I predicted Viola over M
R42, that is why I listen to Al Jazeer on the computer while reading DL.
R40, you are lower than low, I hope that you are happy with yourself!
When I was a teenager, I was a news junkie and so full of opinions about the world even though my world was so limited.
In that context, as a budding teenage journalist, I wrote an article in favor of Prop 187 (anti-illegal immigration in CA in 1994).
I still have a clip of that article and it makes me ashamed how uninformed I was and acting like I really understood the real issues of the adult world.
So I was on the wrong side of history in regards to illegal immigration.
A small thing but way back when Word Perfect was THE word processing software for the majority of companies, the head of my department consulted me about Microsoft Word, asking if we should switch and convert all company documents. I was an Information Systems tech. I said no way, that MS Word wasn't going to last. I was dead wrong.
Cabbage Patch Dolls - so ugly, they could never be a success with little kids. That company must have had an amazing marketing department.
Icicle lights - those jumbled strings of Christmas lights are ugly. They don't look like icicles. People are still buying them. Why?
If you eat animals, especially factory-farmed, then you're on the wrong side of history. :)
I'm not that old enough to have something at the wrong side of history.
I used to flame DL "trolls" who made a big stink about straight females posting here. "Leave them alone; they're not hurting anyone!" The "trolls" were much wiser than I.
I thought America was way too racist to elect a black man as President.
Twenty eight years later, they proved me wrong.
But unless I live another fifty years, I doubt I'll see an openly gay president.
I grew up in a posh school that functioned in its own little bubble, and some people there had parents so rich that usually one of them didn't have to work. So when the news talked about "unemployment", I believed my father that these figures were made up to scare people into working. I actually believed unemployment didn't exist and was something made up by the government to scare people.
I was 18 when a friend from university told me her father didn't work (they were so rich he didn't have to work, I assumed). No, he was a construction worker and was unemployed at the time. They were working-class poor. It took me about two years to learn I was middle-class and not poor, contrary to what I had assumed going to houses with swimming pools all through my teenage years.
r2, I felt exactly the same way about affirmative action growing up and changed my mind as I lived and learned.
Add me to that list, R2 and R55.
I shelled out about 3 grand for a laser disc player and a beta max. I thought for sure they were the future.
Boy was I ever. I bet on the Betamax and bought some expensive bootleg tapes.