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<< When there are those who think that Tang tastes better than orange juice,
and that Bacon Bits are real bacon, and that noise is better than harmony, is
this an indication of the unique talents for which we are striving?
When etiquette is confused with a racket ball game, and manners with a
newspaper column, a treadmill to oblivion can appear mighty inviting at
What is common does not necessarily indicate what is good. And, being down
right common is what many are striving to become in their demeanor, manners,
etiquette, and personal relationships. What can be more common than to
observe intimate encounters, or watching people blow their brains out? What
unique talent does it take to make money off of other's sufferings?
Education for the next century must become more humanizing. And it will not
happen by putting more computers into the classroom, and wiring up our
Those so-called fountainheads of learning better knuckledown and put the
common good to work with their bevy of unique talents.
This is a pet peeve of mine, and I have some opinions:
It seems to me that Pop "culture' has a lot to answer for here. Pop
culture, I think, short circuits the growth of deep thoughtful culture by
appealing to the most superficial 'shiny bead' childishness in the population
when the population is at its most vulnerable. Childhood is not protected
[unless by careful parenting] from the appallingly rapacious behavior of
Pop people push glitz packaged as class, rap as music, and graffiti as art.
It does not ask for depth and breadth of understanding because it wants to
sell as many cheap goods as possible by flattering the unlettered and
challenging no one. It is the triumph of money over good informed taste.
The money driven debasement of popular culture is epitomized by most of
Hollywood's output. The quality of art a society produces is traditionally
viewed as a reflection of the material conditions of its time and capitalism
has shown its mettle by its ability to produce 'The Jerry Springer Show,' and
fine art arbiters like Jesse Helms.