I have reached the saturation point with the trend of labeling things as if they were new versions of system software. A few weeks ago, I read a review of a play called Iphigenia 2.0. Before that came Orestes 2.0. A search through the archives of the New York Times arts section for the past year results in page after page: Pixies 2.0, Devo 2.0, Christmas 2.0, tribute album 2.0, five-second rule 2.0, college 2.0, freakonomics 2.0. And this is just in the arts section! Bloggers love to refer to themselves in versions, like they can reinvent themselves by applying a meaningless cliche to their screen names. It stopped being cute as soon as the first person did it, so please, lazy writers, cut it out.

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