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  •  Absolutely right (none)
    I grew up in Iowa.  I spent roughly the first 35 years of my life there.  And although I come from liberal Democratic parents, I acquired a very ingrained sense of what you're talking about.

    There are quite a few things about modern society I don't like, either.  For one, I'm sick to death of reality shows.  For another, I'm tired of seeing television that constantly panders to the shocking.  

    I'm just guessing here, but I would imagine a lot of people, faced by an ever-accelerating modern life, yearn for simplicity and certainty.

    The Republicans, of course, make clever use of these sensibilities to drive their "culture war" even as they offend them through the media empires they own.

    Modern life isn't the problem.  A lack of direction and perceived principles people can hold on to as the ride goes faster is the problem.

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    by Jonathan on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 04:23:48 AM PST

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      I do hate the plain tackiness and cheapness of much modern popular culture.  Perhaps at the bottom of it is a moral objection.. I think it's lacking class & totally embarrassing for all involved.  I'd never be in a mad rush to humiliate myself just to be on TV.  And I can't stand reality shows, with the exception of The Apprentice, which at the end of the day is pretty darned conservative.

      Even as a student of literature in the, uh, ivory tower.. I'm a feminist and I like learning new things, but I found myself really frustrated with the turn toward all sorts of cultural studies & out-there theoretical approaches, while the real classics fell by the wayside.  Maybe it's reactionary, but there's a reason some works still have new things to teach us centuries later, and a reason others have a shelf life of barely a few decades, if that.

      And I sympathize with this yearning for simplicity.. the more stressed and overwhelmed I am with everything, the more I just want to go back to my parents' house and rake leaves and do yardwork, and then sit in front of the fireplace the rest of the afternoon with soup and a sandwich, watching the NFL.  Yeah, my team's got Joe Gibbs back now, but it just ain't the same..

      We must cultivate our garden.

      by daria g on Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 02:16:55 PM PST

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