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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Snobbery

I've reached the stage where I don't care about TV, fashion, film, music and many political and  cultural references, every bit as much as I couldn't give a frig about using my knife and fork correctly, years ago. I find those who do care about these things talk in  snobbery infested riddles in order to feel superior (being on the left, the references to left bibles and tracts is at times, over whelming. I read, absorb but never commit to a reference library section of my brain!).
{picture on a wall in an Irish restaurant. I do my very best to be this. And snobbishness goes both ways. Extremes of "authenticity" are present in all classes. Be who you are. And understand why others are who they are... None is more superior than the other.}

And yip, popular culture has its snobs. Every bit as much as high culture does, only with less power and more envy towards those on the ladder above them, kicking down. Equality should be our goal... Not the victory of one set of cultural cues over another. That is sometimes lost in the left. 

Its consciously excluding, and says more about those who do it to feel they are superior to those who don't get the reference. 

"The true snob never rests; there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon." - Russell Lynes.

I agree with Lynes here, but with the proviso, that those in working and middle class cultural reference hell (because it is a hell always feeling that you must put others down to retain your "superior position") really never get beyond their middle manager-esque, "I know about something you don't" position. And most certainly look like wankers to those outside the cultural bubble they have placed themselves within. They really are the "comic guy" character from the Simpsons, trapped in their own snobbery and ghettoised by their belief their knowledge of popular culture or 19th - early 20th century political tract libraries,  means the world of people around them laughing along at their witty references are truly laughing "along," and not "at," in almost disbelief. 

And their knowledge of a standard English, created for cultural genocide and for a common codified literature across Empire, squashes original thought, like Orwell's Newspeak. How many pedagogists truly understand that? 

I don't believe in any kind of artistic snobbery or musical snobbery. You know, to me, the sexiest and the most spiritual words ever uttered in rock and roll are wop babaloo balop bam boom. - Sinead O'connor... [I add to this, political, telly, film, language and fashion (which should be obvious enough to those who meet me!)] 

I deserted the world and sought solitude because I became tired of rendering courtesy to those multitudes who believe that humility is a sort of weakness, and mercy a kind of cowardice, and snobbery a form of strength. - Khalil Gibran.

I ain't going in to solitude... But just doing the best I can in the ways I've learned how to.

Though self isolation,  social distancing and engagement is difficult when avenues of communication and expression between people are cut off by a hierarchy of culture reference, criticism of speech, grammar and punctuation. 

(By the way, snobbery ISN'T criticising conspiracy theorist references, opinion and media. That's a different thing completely. That is shouting out the fact that peer assessed information, journalism, and data is infinitely superior to self interested liars, cheats, fame seekers and Nazis. Being anti nazi or pro science is NOT snobbery...) 

Am I being an inverted snob in stating this?

Well, I don't begrudge anyone what they enjoy. If people enjoy high art, cool. If people enjoy standard English, knock yourself out. But I can enjoy high cultural reference without discounting mass entertainment or cutting off informal communication.

Atsusnai. 

Youse Ken wit ahm getting at? 

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