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> In a message dated 8/14/99 2:38:20 AM EST, robprod writes:
> << When there are those who think that Tang tastes better than orange
> and that Bacon Bits are real bacon, and that noise is better than harmony,
> 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
> right common is what many are striving to become in their demeanor,
> etiquette, and personal relationships. What can be more common than to
> observe intimate encounters, or watching people blow their brains out?
> 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
> 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
> when the population is at its most vulnerable. Childhood is not protected
> [unless by careful parenting] from the appallingly rapacious behavior of
> marketing sharks.
> Pop people push glitz packaged as class, rap as music, and graffiti as
> 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
> has shown its mettle by its ability to produce 'The Jerry Springer Show,'
> fine art arbiters like Jesse Helms.
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