CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1991
As a Redondo Beach artist who participated with the Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison in bringing the whale mural to being, I must object to Tom O'Leary's suggestion of cynicism on SCE's part (Times, June 27). From inception of the project to completion, all those from Edison never showed any hint of cynicism. I found them to be concerned and caring people who were genuinely pleased to be giving the community this mural. BOB SCHUCHMAN Redondo Beach
November 14, 1996 |
A study of why Americans are "so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things" will begin next year, former Education Secretary William J. Bennett and retiring Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) announced Wednesday. Bennett and Nunn announced the formation of a 25-member National Commission on Civic Renewal. It will be underwritten by a $950,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
December 7, 1997
The article on the millennium bug ["Debunking Year 2000's Computer Disaster," Column One, Nov. 3] was terribly inaccurate and does a serious, nearly criminal disservice to your readers. It's obvious that reporter Greg Miller is far more devoted to cynicism than to the best interest of his readers. Cynicism, like the sex lives of politicians, must sell newspapers, but is that all there is to the Los Angeles Times? Is there no sense of responsibility to society? I run a software company.
October 24, 1994
I was appalled by William Relling Jr.'s cynical comments about "Forrest Gump" ("It's Time to Dump the 'Gump,' " Oct. 17). To me, the central message of the movie is that no matter your IQ, you can still be a decent, caring, loving and committed person. These are noble qualities we find so sorely lacking in today's society. And it is based on my perception of the movie that I do not find myself superior, intellectually or otherwise, to Forrest Gump. If anything, I feel inferior because I know that, as most people, I have not been able to attain the exceptional level of decency that this character personifies.
October 11, 2012 |
Melding the urban legend to the Internet meme, the film "Smiley," directed by young YouTube auteur Michael Gallagher from a script he co-wrote with Glasgow Phillips, is a surprisingly effective low-budget horror film that takes as its true villain the casual cynicism and nihilistic misanthropy that so often go along with online culture. In the film, a story circulates among a group of college kids that typing the phrase "I did it for the lulz" - meaning just for kicks - three times while chatting online with a stranger will cause a grotesque creature to suddenly appear and kill the stranger.
September 7, 1986 |
It's easy to spot the cynics at work. Simply listen to conversations on the shop floor, at the water cooler, in the executive washrooms. The message is the same: "They (the authors of management communications, the sponsors of new corporate programs, the champions of company innovations) are not to be trusted and are only out for themselves." More than 40% of the American work force doubts the truth of what management tells them, according to a study we recently concluded.