The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2303765
Posted By: Richard Bridge
01-Apr-08 - 05:39 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
"English (not Scottish Irish or Welsh) schoolchildren have been bludgeoned for a couple of generations into despising their cultural heritage and embracing the musical equivalent of McRubbish, the soundtrack of global capitalism"

That (which is true) is why two things are necessary:

First to avoid embracing the values of McRubbish - the triumph of packaging over content - which you Diane rush headlong into.

Second to pour scorn and contumely on those who denigrate our cultural inheriance as we would for example on those who denigrate African, Caribbean, Scottish, Welsh or Irish or any other cultural tradition on the ground that it is that tradition.

Feel free to criticise what is not well done. But to dismiss an entire tradition simply on the ground of its content is wilfully ignorant - as wilfully ignorant as those who assert that only professionals must be allowed to participate in folk arts.