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December 15, 2012



Don't underestimate movies as a culprit. I had a pretty "classical" education, learning the great mythologies of Western culture (and some of those from other cultures). These stories informed educated people for centuries; viz. Shakespeare. But they are hardly taught to children here any more, and are not part of the lingua franca, in the U.S. at least. Instead, people refer to movies. I'm not a movie watcher. I often don't get the references or have to infer them without having seen the film. I personally don't find most of the zeitgeist of film to have the depth of mythology, crazy as mythology is. So, there's a big paradigm shift (let's see if I can get the word "parse" in here, too) in the underlying stories that make up the fundamentals of a culture.

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