Downtown/uptown from Williamsburg
Triumphalism does not come naturally to this country, where the cultural stock in trade has long been dignity in defeat. This, let’s not forget, is a nation where one of the most beloved poems is Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade, which valorizes a military rout at the hands of the Russians.
But England, like so many host Olympic countries before it, fared better at these Games than it has in any other … The Games have hit this country like an extra-strength dose of a mood-enhancing drug.
In two short decades, the Internet has changed almost everything about the way we live: The way we communicate, the way we shop, the way we read, the way we love, the way we fight, the way we play. So, too, the people shaping and changing the world are a breed apart from the old ruling class. Moguls, Masters of the Universe, military despots…your time has come and gone. The geeks have inherited the earth!