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  •  It disgusts me how "cynical" has become ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... "cool" in our modern culture ...  how having "attitude" is considered cool.

    It seems that all "humor" these days -- even in kids' movies -- is based on "hip" and "edgy" sarcasm, put downs, and deadpan "knowing" self-aware irony.  

    (As a Pooh fan who grew up on the original books and cartoons, I was sickened to see it even contaminate the recent Winnie The Pooh movie -- such as when Roo, of all people, says of Piglet, when no one wants to volunteer for a mission, "Send the pig."  That's not the character talking.  That's a "hip" screenwriter talking.)

    To me it is a sign of a real mental/emotional sickness in our culture ... that people are apparently so terrified of being real and sincere, of displaying any sense of vulnerability or sensitive feeling.

    And when the real thing appears, as in your example, we can't even recognize it.  Or if we do, it is so threatening we have to make fun of it and tear it down.  

    We need more Mr. Rogers'.

    •  I've gotta be honest - listening to Fred Rogers (3+ / 0-)
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      kind of makes me feel like an asshole. I'd rather be more like him.

      (Maybe I could start by losing the potty mouth...)

      Paul Ryan has risen to prominence because he thinks that poor people should suffer and he doesn't mind saying so.

      by VictorLaszlo on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:05:24 AM PDT

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    •  I wish I could rec this 1000 times! (2+ / 0-)
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      This desire to be hip and edgy at all costs really disgusts me.  Even cartoon characters are drawn with sneers and "angry" eyes these days.  Yes, I know I sound like a cranky old lady, but it frightens me when even young children's programming becomes a snark fest.

      "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

      by Nespolo on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 06:14:57 AM PDT

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      •  And I wish I could rec this 1000 times in return. (1+ / 0-)
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        Even cartoon characters are drawn with sneers and "angry" eyes these days.  
        You've noticed this too!

        It struck me last year seeing the posters for Tangled and Gnomeo and Juliet:  

        It seems like in the ads for animated films these days, every single character looks out at the viewer with the same smug, cocky smirk, with one raised eyebrow and a crooked smile (often with their arms crossed in a "cool," "knowing" way).  

        Every single one.  And those are the "heroes" ... the supposedly sympathetic characters!

    •  I wrote a diary last summer (1+ / 0-)
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      in which I defended, among other things, the Bette Middler song "From a Distance" (which I'll link to, but cannot embed, lacking the memory on my machine).

      Many people would call this song nauseating treacle. I am charmed by it. It's a beautiful, sensuous melody and words that I enjoy with no strings attached. It's not trying to sell me anything.

      (Once again, I can't link. Rats.)

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 06:40:58 AM PDT

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