Sunday, May 08, 2016


The Pseudo-Self-Proletarianization of the Élite

Richard Jenkyns, Virgil's Experience. Nature and History: Times, Names, and Places (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 84, n. 29:
In the 20th cent. new and immensely powerful agents of vertical unification bring about a new phenomenon: the pseudo-self-proletarianization of the élite. A Chairman of the Arts Council is pleased to confess his addiction to Dallas. That purports to be self-deprecation, though really it is nothing of the kind. Ancient culture does not tempt the élite to stoop.
Dallas was a television show.

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