I may be a callous old bitch but I remember what it was like to be a young person. Vividly. The thought process looks something like this: durr/fuck yeah huh huh huh/durr/mmmm chips/huh huh huh/fuck yeah drugs/durr/mmmm genitals/durr. These days a young person's development is also inhibited by a combination of neurotic helicopter bullshit + the scourge of superentitlement, and I do feel moments of genuine sorrow for the generation raised in these circumstances. But I'm also just going to say a few unflattering things at this point because no one else seems to have expressed them publicly and that troubles me.
Student culture isn't what it used to be, largely because students aren't what they used to be. Tertiary education isn't a smart kid ecology anymore; it's a punter-based economy, thickly stacked with attention-seeking, pay-to-play slow learners demanding their store-bought version of the student experience. Hence all the pyromaniacal look at moi Saturday night crap- they are unimaginative, externally motivated and calibrate their activities to provide maximum social media spectacle. In the absence of policy to contend with this bullshit, one can only assume that the agencies concerned are outsmarted by people who hoot in circles around furniture fires.
I really don't give a fuck if all this sounds like a letter to the Editor circa 1923. In my own day, a fairly hardcore Class-A-loving arts cohort used to tear shit up without attracting the popo, and if we were raided it was usually because a cluster of jesus monkeys within the police was convinced everyone in black was a baby-eating satanist (it was the nineties). Panda rides and drunk tank lags were for the engineering contingent. I'm absolutely in favour of creating enough trashy memories to ornament the arid remainder of one's existence and christ only knows we need them more than ever these days, but I deplore the basic-bitch approach that seems to be prevailing. It is deplorable that debauchery is heading the same way as literacy.
Anyway. This event was a massive organisational fail and local cops have no business being 'bemused' or defensive when the circumstances and outcome are plain for everyone to see, which is why I'm bitching about it on the internet. When it comes to crowds, either police that shit or GTFO. You know... develop coherent management policies instead of acting surprised and butthurt every time a mouthbreather glasses up Castle Street, because these children obviously require supervision. Personally, I would abolish the police altogether and just issue selected senior women with the prods that I mentioned earlier.
I realise this critique means we are probably now threats to national security. But what would you rather be- the peppercorn or the arsehole? Get the fuck off my lawn.
There is... definitely uncertainty surrounding what else will be posted this week. It will b arrgghhh Dandy Warhols.
Do you have a gap between your front teeth?