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Why do people bum this all the time? Fill me in.
I bet he was there ;-)!
politically in the 60s. so old professors have to glorify their past sometime.
my dad was at uni (in the less glamorous hull) in 1968. there was a big protest there too. and everyone was sleeping in the main hall and refusing to leave. my dad went for a few drinks, got to about 2 in the morning and decided it looked uncomfortable, things werent so bad, so he went home to bed.
he's my hero.
Called the Mai 68s.
The guys who make up the band are ok, but they are fronted by a painfully pretentious beret-fuck with a tatty scrapbook reciting her trite poetry and social malaise.
where France days as a big country ended...
As a student.
I've asked him about it before but forgot what he said.
the world in 1968 were massively important, for so many reasons. As a beginning of an end for youth involvement and the idealistic left, or as the most triumphant of protest movements... the moment of 1968 was part of a much bigger thing.
Everything changed culturally and politically, particularly in terms of youth participation in that era.
There's still people who beleive had things gone a little differently the government would have been overthrown.
But there was a lot of reasons why that didn't happen.
It's a funny moment, because it can be viewed in so many different ways, as a success, a failure... it all depends on how you judge it.
it was a big success.
They are all big fat capitalists now...
it can be seen as one of the starting points of post-modernism.
...modernist artists had throughout the modernist era gradually become neutral. Their works had been assimilated, utilized and co-opted by politicians...artist rebellion had become liberal ideology. Therefore modernism lost its appeal as a revolutionary antidote to traditional ideology.
In this context various counter-cultures came to life in the 1960s. they were characterised by an antagonistic to the oppressive qualities of scientifically grounded technical-bureaucratic rationality...eg corporate, state and other institutional powers. The counter-cultures therefore embrassed individual self-realisation...through 'new left' politics, anti-authoritarian stances, iconoclastic habits (music, dress, lifestyles).
Centred in universities this new philosophy spilled onto the streets in may 68 (not just in paris). Although labelled a failure in some sense it can be viewed as the harbinger of the subsequent turn to post-modernism.
but that's the gist of it.