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Anderson describes well the confusions and inanities that stem from federal litigation, and he grapples with the problem of defining race in our modern, polychromatic society.
The network, which has been responsible for shows like Watching Paint Dry - an ironic attack on the genre - said that the prize was designed to help put an end to Big Brother 'inanities'.
However, I fear that rather more time is being spent enjoying the delights of these establishments to the detriment of the team doing their homework - so that pigeons and red buses and other inanities fill the air space to the exclusion of what most listeners want, which is an accurate reflection of the action taking place on the field.
To begin with, the corporate inanities, like the current Whole Foods shopping bag that urges me to "Share the Season." Sure, I'll share the season.
Posner's jeremiad has by now been reviewed to death, and pointing out the book's inanities would be pushing at an open door.
Nobody exited that night in a state of indifference, and Morris earned the enviable reputation of being politically incorrect years before the world went gaga over such inanities. He still maintains that the cruelty is there in the Violent Femmes: "There's an ancient, terrifying ballad quality to those records, and they also had a beat you could dance to."
To communicate the picture's non-stop barrage of cliches, platitudes and media inanities ("Frigidity: blessing or curse?" wonders an idiotic TV presenter), Arcand and Potashnik deploy a novel and controversial device.
The main interest this time is not reliving personal suffering in a social context but observing and delineating a social context itself, the inanities of American culture as compared to other cultures, but with the unstated inference that other cultures have their inanities too.
The viewer can easily imagine them nattering about inanities into eternity.
And we begin to live the consequences of our belief: that we can start over, that the routines of the past can be reengaged, that the old comforting inanities of sex and career and money and friends can once more be unrestrainedly part of our world.
Musing on skydiving's appeal to him, Nuzum explains, "The simple act of stepping off the tailgate carried me beyond the world of finance, mergers, IPOs, reversals, frustrations and inanities. And, in the space of a split second, life had been reduced from a highly complex existence, with a thousand petty problems, to one of the barest simplicities in which only one real task remained - ensuring a soft landing on the North Pole."
He has proposed to see society and culture through the lens of emotions, without stooping to the inanities of many psychological explanations.