Thursday 27 July 2017

Displease the millennial stormtroopers at your peril

Allegory of modern times: A scene from The Village of the Damed, which was based on The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Allegory of modern times: A scene from The Village of the Damed, which was based on The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In all the recent talk of the books that most accurately reflect our febrile cultural landscape, several classics have been mentioned.

Fahrenheit 451 has been invoked, and that makes sense. After all, the idea of people being so frightened by art and culture that they simply destroy it is something that doesn't seem quite so far-fetched these days.

Indeed, you only have to look at the recent campus controversies in both Britain and America which have seen calls for statues of old, dead white dudes to be removed and destroyed - because their very presence on college grounds is 'an act of violence' against students who aren't white - to see just how weird and dictatorial some people can be if they're given the opportunity.

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