June 27, 2012
And so our compulsory education comes to an end
At the risk of sounding more jaded than thou, McGinnis leaves out the primary source being ripped off, Battle Royale.
Update: McGinnis writes:
Still, I can't imagine them caring. Originality is overrated, especially in pop culture, and even more especially today.
For awhile, I was planning on sitting down with a bunch of kids at the tiny high school being run on the same premises as the private Catholic school where my kids go. They're bright kids, and apparently much in thrall to the Hunger Games thing. I wanted to get their take on it, and while there, planned to show them the final scene of If...., my favorite teen film. You know - the scene at the commencement with the machine guns on the roof.
I guess my point would have been "Hey, we're all acting shocked that you like this film/book, but frankly, some of us were a lot more nihilistic than you when we were young." Probably a good thing that it didn't happen, as some of their parents might not have thought it so salutary that I allowed them a glimpse of Malcolm McDowell in his full, pre-droog glory.
I was thinking along these lines the other day as much of the internet was outrageously outraged by the cruelty of kids toward a bus monitor, calling her fat until she cried. Pace to the left, worried about bullying, and the right, worried about a coursening of the culture; it is as if we'd never read The Lord of the Flies. Boys acting like viscious little shits is nothing new, what's new is these viscious little shits won't be thrashed for it.
Which is why I thought Battle Royale sounded like a great idea.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 27, 2012 08:28 AM