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Getting it done. This is news?


The SF Chron devotes a fair amount of the front section and most of their Sunday Style section to stories and photo spreads about a new mall opening in San Francisco. Granted, it’s not the front page or anything, and we don’t expect hard news, but does it have to be such blatant content of commercial interest? It’s one thing when the local community papers write about small businesses, some quid pro quo for advertising dollars before, during, or after, but a big-city newspaper? Yuck.

Meanwhile, I only knew get ‘er done as the catch-phrase of Larry the Cable Guy, but I am noticing it now in stories about construction, like the above photo from the building of this new mall, or the re-opening of our local Devil’s Slide road. I guess it’s another example of cultural reverse engineering; presumably the working-class salt-of-the-earth lingo of construction works was where Larry picked up that particular phrase.

Cultural Reverse Engineering

Back in my younger days of television watching, this was Richard Hatch on Battlestar Galactica.

But now this is who they mean by Richard Hatch.
And this is what they mean by Battlestar Galactica.

I’m sure there’s something clever and French I could cite here (la plus ca change, etc.). Isn’t cultural reverse engineering a lonely game?


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