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  • Alex Johnson

    I like the positive discussion that this generates but I'm not sure #1 - #3 would make a difference in the issue. S.L.G. makes a good point for instance. Part of the trend has to do with a popular culture if this could be directed or the people with influence can show a different way of doing things then many will follow. I really think #4 & 5 would make a difference in the culture as I know many people who "sag' who don't see a point in trying to purse the normal 9-5 that would require that area of society's way of dress.

  • S.L.G.

    I agree with many of the things Andre Perry says. I, however, completely disagree with #3. Rather than telling kids to stop watching TV or stop listening to rap music, why don't we teach them how to watch TV and how ro listen to music? Why don't we teach them where these art forms come from and what they say about our culture?

    Much of what we consider "high literature" today--such as Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, etc.--was the pop trash of its day. This literature transcended time because it had faithful fans that kept passing it down. It spoke to a wide audience about things that mattered to them; that is why it survived.

    Another thing that Perry overlooks is the participatory nature of many pop activities. Watching a good game or dancing to a good tune with friends are some of the things that create good bonds between people--an outcome that Perry advocates for in the other points.

    Plus, we all know that saying "stop that" usually results in the opposite. So rather than saying "don't," let's talk about how to engage with pop culture thoughtfully.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I totally agree that environment and mentorship change how one operates in society. I love these pragmatic approaches. It's like telling people who complain about complicated issues to start doing something about them. Unless that wasn't your intention?