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Vogue India and "runner-up-ization" - click opera
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Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:58 am
Vogue India and "runner-up-ization"

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)

Why would I be condemning my own system in that case and championing the systems it displaces?

That's precisely what romantic-minded Westerners have always done, though. We want the exotic to look properly "exotic". We don't want to traipse through hundreds of miles of virgin forest in New Guinea only to find that the lost tribe dresses in nylon shorts and teeshirts instead of penis sheaths and warpaint. You're craving for an ethnic authenticity that the "ethnics" themselves don't necessarily want. My analogy with shellsuits and McDonalds is about the fact that in the West, the middle class doesn't romanticise the aesthetics of its own underclass. From that perspective, you can see that middle-class Indians might not want to either. What actually seems appealingly "Other" to them might be horribly banal to us. But you're bossily telling them they've got it wrong.


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Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)

My analogy with shellsuits and McDonalds is about the fact that in the West, the middle class doesn't romanticise the aesthetics of its own underclass.

Good lord, you've obviously never seen a copy of Vice magazine! Or listened to a Blur album! Or... or...


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Tue, Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)

...or encountered those weird marginal movements we call Socialism and Christianity!


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