Happy 18th Birthday, Señor “Hernan Felicitas”

Last year, i suggested that in the future, we’ll have to grant generational amnesty to young people as sort of a clean slate for online indiscretions. i based this on the hair-curling amount of nonsense posted online by the youth group members i worked with at my church:

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal interviewed Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who had similar ideas. Schmidt’s vision of the future allows all young people to change their names when they reach adulthood, as ReadWriteWeb reports:

Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Schmidt happens.

My wife and i are keenly aware that “adulthood” is on a sliding scale – a scale that is increasingly sliding towards age 30. It seems to have taken a very long time for the media to catch on to this trend that we’ve seen going on for years, but at long last, here comes the New York Times with a meaty article on the subject:

(btw, the show Big Lake that they mention off the top of the article is one of the worst teevee shows i’ve ever seen. Work that laugh track, fellas.)

And finally, to add context to this discussion, here’s a cockatiel singing Tequila:

What do YOU think? Should Spike the singing cockatiel be legally allowed to change his name to Eric Schmidt on his thirty-second birthday?

5 thoughts on “Happy 18th Birthday, Señor “Hernan Felicitas”

  1. MichaelJW

    I.. I know this post is smart and contains important points that I would like to comment on but.. I can’t stop watching that cockatiel.

    Can’t stop watching.

    It reminds me of the Muppets, the way it bobs around.

  2. Chris Harshman

    I tend to think that there really isn’t a sliding scale as decribed, more like a graph were at any age there is a certain amount of “stupid” waiting to be let loose. While it does decrease with age, I have see people of all ages do stupid things on the internet.

    I know for me, rather than moving out and going away to school I decided to stay at home finish school and get into the industry before leaving home. A great blessing was that I was able to get a job while in school for a game which will greatly help and speed up my departure.

    1. Ryan Henson Creighton

      Whatcha working on, Chris? (BTW, staying home while you go to school instead of setting your money on fire in a dorm is not a dumb decision in my books. i commuted to school from home as well.)


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