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March 4, 2021 at 7:14 pm #214842AnonymousInactive
I’ve never met anyone in the party except for Ray Carr, so I wouldn’t know.March 4, 2021 at 8:38 pm #214843imposs1904Participant
Have you ever seen the 2006 film Idiocracy? You might like it. I kind of hated it at the time because I thought it was guilty of being a wee bit too pleased with itself. Maybe I’ll have to watch it again and see if I have a different take in 2021.
I’m not 100% sure what you mean about dumbing down. My head’s full of useless trivia which would be great for gameshows, but I’m one of the thickest people I know.
March 4, 2021 at 8:49 pm #214844AnonymousInactive
- This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by imposs1904.
I have seen part of it, yes.
When I look at today’s “social media”, “texting” and “selfie” culture, I can’t help wondering how the ancient Greek thinkers, or the philosophes of the Enlightenment, would view us.
Maybe, by “dumbing down”, I mean what we as a society and species are becoming. … Certainly not a society of mature, knowledgeable and thoughtful beings, such as a socialist revolution would require the majority to be.March 5, 2021 at 10:19 am #214881rodshawParticipant
It never hurts to have an enquiring mind:
March 5, 2021 at 11:04 am #214886OzymandiasParticipant
- This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by rodshaw.
Workers can now access an entire galaxy of information at their fingertips yet they know even less. Their phones are smarter than they are.March 5, 2021 at 11:10 am #214888AnonymousInactive
yet they know even less.
😀March 5, 2021 at 11:20 am #214889
I suppose that to an aesthete the rest of the working must seem like philistines.March 5, 2021 at 11:25 am #214890AnonymousInactive
No need to insult the Philistines, comrade!March 5, 2021 at 11:40 am #214892AnonymousInactive
And, ALB, you are forgetting that you owe your social-historical awareness to a long familiarity with printed books, which encourage reflection by their very nature and format, and to an education that was similarly pre-digital. The young of the working class don’t have that any more, and one is hard put to in some towns to now find even one bookshop. There are, on the other hand, a plethora of cell phone stores, electronic and sterile, so youngsters can sit texting the person sitting next to them and think “you” is spelt “u” and that the earth is flat cos’ someone cool says so online.March 5, 2021 at 11:47 am #214893AnonymousInactive
Noticed too how they don’t know how to correctly hold a pen.March 5, 2021 at 11:55 am #214895
I say u for you in texts. Don’t you? I see there’s a comrade on another thread here who uses cuz for because and he’s written one of our pamphlets. It’s just that there’s different spelling for that medium. Nothing to do with not bring edicated.March 5, 2021 at 12:16 pm #214897AnonymousInactive
Oh i’m quite sure many now think the word is “u”, since texting is all they do. That and other new spellings and words that break with historical links of orthography and of grammar too, which are then lost.
ye: subject case
you: predicate case
both second person plural.March 5, 2021 at 12:56 pm #214906
I think thou art being a bit snobbish (or is that knobbish?) I expect you also insist on saying whom and my husband and I. Insistence on ultra-correct spelling and grammar is a mark of the insecure petty bourgeois.
If you understood dialectics, comrade, you would understand that everything changes, including language.March 5, 2021 at 1:03 pm #214909AnonymousInactive
But when we lose the roots of grammar, as we are losing history, I view that as serious and a threat to the mental disciplines that help to develop thought. You don’t seem to care about it. You think air-heads are going to bring about socialism, let alone make it work?March 5, 2021 at 1:08 pm #214911AnonymousInactive
The fact that flat earth and other online-fuelled drivel can spread and delude thousands of young people – a hundredfold more than we have members – in 2020, isn’t that of concern to you? Not to mention people now have no idea who Groucho Marx was, let alone Karl.
I think, if i’m a snob, you’re just trying to be hip.
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