Monday, July 19, 2010

And in case it wasn't clear...

My earlier post wasn't aimed so much at Humphries' particular comment (though it was really stupid) as the sentiment behind it.

See, it's ok to not be into what the kids are into. In fact, it's usually good to not be into what the kids are into.

If you're my age (I'm 41) and you're at a Britney Spears concert, that's a little weird.

But when you look at what the kids are into and decide its RUINING WESTERN CIVILIZATION well then my friend, you have drunk of the stupid and you have drunk deep.

This is where Seduction of the Innocent (which railed against comics), BADD (aka Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons), Jack Thompson's crusade against rap, Jack Thompson's crusade against video games and various other moral panics come in.

Some of these are just stupid, some have actually damaged the livelihood of hardworking men and women and some are so strident that they've become Spinal Tap-esque mockumentaries of their own self-righteousness.

And oh yeah, the Puritans were convinced Shakespeare's plays were going to send us all to hell and Hesiod thought women were the root of all evil.

Stupid is apparently a renewable resource.

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