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... and people declare themselves Jedi Knights in the Census. Same thing, really.

I think in most of the cases you cited there is an element not so much about rebellion against taste but about refusing to be dictated to.

Bounded permission to transgress is a really interesting idea. I haven't read Ehrenreich's book yet but from what I've heard on the radio it sounds like its picking up the idea of carnival as a necessary balancing part of life. Similar, I think, to its use in critiques of everyday life from people like Bahktin and Lefevbre?

Possibly also similar to the "lords of misrule" idea which crops up in quite a few places including MASH.

TV is hardly elitist and dominating anymore, though. I wonder whether the most interesting thing is that they've chosen a rebellion that is of absolutely no consequence at all.

Bounded permission to transgress is a really interesting idea. I haven't read Ehrenreich's book yet but from what I've heard on the radio it sounds like its picking up the idea of carnival as a necessary balancing part of life. Similar, I think, to its use in critiques of everyday life from people like Bahktin and Lefevbre?

Possibly also similar to the "lords of misrule" idea which crops up in quite a few places including MASH.

TV is hardly elitist and dominating anymore, though. I wonder whether the most interesting thing is that they've chosen a rebellion that is of absolutely no consequence at all.

I reckon the phenomenon you have spotted is very real, and growing. Another good example was the startling rise of the Jedi religion in the 2001 census.

For a long while now, I've suspected that the effect is manifesting itself clearly in opinion polls: when asked a question the modern responder thinks not "What's my opinion on this?" but "What headline would I like tosee tomorrow's newspaper" and answers accordingly...

I thought the Serbian lot deserved to win. It was very clever in a music biz sort of way; a boy band song/arrangement sung by a bunch of girls. Personally i preferred several other entries, but I'm not sure they were better, just musically more my taste. Isnt it possile that the wisdom of crowds won here? :J

Eurovision is still going on?! No way.

BBC World Service Poll, voted 'A Nation Once Again' (Irish Republican Song) Best Song in the World. brilliant.

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