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1/06/2005

The Beginning of Revolution?

From a great story in Macleans (which is less of a stretch than it used to be) on the ongoing CHOI fight from Jeff Fillon, the shock jock who got the licence pulled,

Filion himself describes les X as follows. "They're an interesting animal -- you can't describe them by their look or their age, though there are a lot of thirtysomethings among them. It's more an attitude. They're people who have become allergic to the sacrosanct consensus, they're fed up with the inertia and the complacency, they're people who have realized the years ahead will be a load of shit and they're the ones who'll have to clean up the mess. They're people who are fed up with the Péquiste view of the world, tired of living in a society where the real premier is union leader Henri Massé, no matter who gets elected. Tired of a society where I can take my dog to a private clinic, but not my mom. If the old gang that lives in the past with retrograde ideas and referendums could go away, we'd be a bit less angry already."
macleans
And here is reaction,
Mira Falardeau, an author in her 50s who used to teach at a local junior college, says she understands Radio X's appeal -- especially to the young. "They like what they hear, and it's not just the music," she says. "Youth has changed. It used to be that CÉGEP students were leftists, and idealistic. But the kids today don't believe in much. It's the end of utopia, that of the sixties, of May '68 in Paris, of Jane Birkin, the feminists, all that."
and analysis from a marketing pro,
"We call them the nihilists, and they're quite a large group, maybe 20 per cent of the population," says Céline Berre, who works for CROP, the polling and marketing firm in Montreal. "In a nutshell, they are people who have stopped believing, in politicians' promises, in the social contract. They're Darwinian: you look after yourself. They live in the here-and-now, and are not afraid of mild civil disobedience."
Were I young and in Quebec, well, I'd move...but without that option, I would be sick to death of both federal and provincial politicians fighting 1960's battles one more time. And I would be outraged at a federal Commission which for reasons of taste - theirs - wanted to shut down a radio station which was to my own taste.

Best of all, these folks are not deferential in the slightest. Grand!

hattip: Let it Bleed