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The students probably listen to techno or some crazy disco music, ……. I want you to read the entire post and produce a decent comment within the end of the week. You have a new computer so use it and work. Good morning Mrs. Tink, what are you doing? Gonna tell to the principal, plus you are a good looking woman so your students probably miss you, so go back to work, womaaaaaaaaan!

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Tink, or Steffy. Thank you Barbara. I do really suggest it. It is amazing and Baricco explores this mutation in any aspect of modern society, starting from soccer, for example. Really great. Baricco offers a new perspective about it.

Alessandro Baricco–The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutation of Culture (2006) [translated 2013]

Differently from Baricco I perceive nowadays more barbarized than barbarians, a bit less optimistic. I can imagine that The Beatles, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Sylvia Plath and many others were all viewed as barbaric in their time for their directness, but the art and talent is undeniable. If I think of Barbarianism today in the context of the internet, I think of those who post videos of beheadings, child porn, anything of a nature that inflicts pain, torture or death to another. This sort of behavior has certainly existed throughout time.

Any artist who dares to create a path for himself is a barbarian since others put him down as departing from the norms. Rites of Spring by Stravinsky when it was performed created an uproar. The ear has now heard it and got used to it.

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We need remember a cliche has been a freshly minted expression and with everyday usage it shall be much less than what it was before. Fascinating post! My overview is that the current barbarian invasion is, for the most part, retrogressive rather than progressive. Take music, for example. Subtlety and beauty have been replaced by any number of renditions of a few basic notes, with a beat which is not there to be sensed as a background feature but is force-fed non-stop.

In poetry, the use of varied language and the beautiful representation of an idea with rhythm and metre which can be lightly varied to meet or confound expectations is infinitely preferable to the randomly-split and blathering prose which so often is passed off as a poem these days. We have wonderful tools, now, for advancing every sphere of life. Are they being used effectively? I think not..

I do need to read again — and maybe again — so much to chew on….

This looks like an interesting book for interesting times. I am not sure it makes me less scared. The period after the fall of the Roman Empire which some might call the age of the Barbarians used to be called the Dark Ages, because a lot of knowledge and skills were lost. I am not sure I would call this progress. From a historical point of view, you are right, however; whenever there is a change, a mutation, like the examples above, you cannot help having the feeling that something is gone lost, call it knowledge or taste, it is gone.

A fascinating and thought provoking piece — so much to mull over and realign in a new perspective.

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Thanks a lot. Quite the interesting story as always by the way I hope the Barbarians was not a little slap for me…… I know what a fork is and, what is the other thing called…. Thanks for this essay. Hopefully this will get a few more readers and followers sent your way. I hope you have a great week.

LOVE this post. Gonna have to read this book. I also love how much you talk about the Romantics. They are my fav.

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