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Up Front: They Have the Best Rides

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  • Danielle,

    But if she had been truthful, the gorgeous Liam wouldn't have fallen for her!

    Liam, Schmiam! I've read ahead and I know who *he* ends up with!

    Someone at work had the temerity to say that Coro St was low culture today.

    Well. I don't have a problem with the concept of 'low culture' - I think I just have a problem with people being snobbish about it. I hate to bring up Dickens again, but isn't Coro St just the televisual equivalent of an extremely long, serialised epic novel? I really don't think anyone gives it enough props for the acting, which is about 90% superb. I also appreciate the way it gives the elderly and the visually unappealing real plotlines and real love lives.

    It's also wonderfully campy in parts. :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • anjum rahman,

    I have in mind here a book written by an Aussie woman, which was talked about on nine-to-noon recently.

    the author is maggie hamilton, the book is "what's happening to our girls". it was based on her talking to girls around australia as well as teachers, counsellors etc. the findings were scary and quite sad, including low self-esteem, an increase in bullying behaviour, the normalisation of self-mutilation (including cutting, pulling out of hair and others). pity the interview is no longer on-line, but the book is no doubt available and well worth a read.

    hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 130 posts Report Reply

  • tussock,

    Anjum ... John Taylor Gatto has written extensively on the source of low self-esteem, bullying, hyper-conformity, and so on in modern schools.

    In that, breaking naturally independent people down, turning them into obedient workers and blind consumers is largely the point of the modern structure. It's interesting to look at social engineering that way for me, considering my own school-years experiences.

    Since Nov 2006 • 610 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    breaking naturally independent people down, turning them into obedient workers and blind consumers is largely the point of the modern structure.

    I reckon. Saddling young ones with massive student loans so they have to get a flash well-paid job(s) and partnering up, so they have the requisite double income to enter mortgage heaven, not to mention never getting unplanned-for pregnant, caught drink-driving, on drugs or even smoking (if one wants private health) so they are suitably clean for the job market.

    It's not a recipe for independent, creative, joyful people.

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

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