“Is school-syllabus-and-broadcast-imposed-popular-culture a deliberate Enemy-Class “initiative” to help stamp out individual critical thought and thus also liberty?”
Panis et Circenses, anybody?
As I will be away from my computer for about 48 hours [and no, I am not being "detained" for anything, at least not yet] i leave you people with this interrogative to toss about like a dogbone.
Simon Heffer has a suggested antidote for one part of the fightback.
This is because I and a local friend here from Lancs, also a crusty, cynical oldie like me, have been invited by the BBC, no less, to go to London and film one or more “rounds” – depending on how we last the course against pairs from “other regions” – of a /NEW/ TV quiz show. The terms of acceptance to go on the show forbid me from telling you the format (I do know it) or the prize structure [nugatory, that's all I will say] as it will not be broadcast until October, we are told.
A post-mortem, about how terribly badly I did, will be delivered to you all, possibly on Tuesday – provided that I do not feel so completely humiliated by my failure to comprehend the more “contemporary” departmens of knowledge which ordinary graduates of scumbag*** schools find so easy to acquire.
***Not their fault that their schools gave them classes in “modern media”, instead of the Western Canon. They’ll just do better than me in all the questions about football, all other sports, celebs, global-mega-TV shows, soaps, actroids and actressoids, Harry Potter, novels in the Booker Prize in the 1980s, specific bars in Magaluf, and the like.