August 11, 2015

'80s 2.0

There were a lot of things I hated about the '80s: the drum sounds, the identity politics, cultural Marxism, the post-structuralist war on clear writing and thinking, illiberalism from everyone including self-identifying "liberals", the moral panic/witch hunts, political correctness, censorship attempts, sexual puritanism, ideological puritanism, just general writ-large puritanism, the punishment of eccentrics, the therapy movement and its view of the human soul as nothing more than a staging ground for (potentially actionable) trauma, the ever-present victimology.

But it seems as though a lot of my contemporaries, the people who now run the universities and most of the media, really loved all that stuff, and have brought it back, forging it all into a new, comprehensive, 80s 2.0. Except for the drum sounds, mercifully. Please don't bring them back for God's sake.

Posted by Dr. Frank at August 11, 2015 04:39 PM