"Permit me to write the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!"

Started by orcus, August 08, 2018, 01:22:42 PM

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orcus

Do you agree with the title of this thread? It's a quote commonly attributed to Andrew Fletcher, a Scottish politician and writer. Do you think the popular culture of a state has a stronger effect on people's behavior and beliefs? Songs are certainly easier to remember, easier to spread, and more intuitive to understand than laws. They also seem to have a pronounced effect on everyday social behavior, which is difficult to regulate but seemingly easy to program by mass media.

Blackleaf

"Oh, wearisome condition of humanity,
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
--Fulke Greville

Baruch

Ha’át’íísh baa naniná?
Azee’ Å,a’ish nanídį́į́h?
Táadoo ánít’iní.
What are you doing?
Are you taking any medications?
Don't do that.

Cavebear

Quote from: orcus on August 08, 2018, 01:22:42 PM
Do you agree with the title of this thread? It's a quote commonly attributed to Andrew Fletcher, a Scottish politician and writer. Do you think the popular culture of a state has a stronger effect on people's behavior and beliefs? Songs are certainly easier to remember, easier to spread, and more intuitive to understand than laws. They also seem to have a pronounced effect on everyday social behavior, which is difficult to regulate but seemingly easy to program by mass media.

No, since it doesn't actually mean anything.
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!

Baruch

Ha’át’íísh baa naniná?
Azee’ Å,a’ish nanídį́į́h?
Táadoo ánít’iní.
What are you doing?
Are you taking any medications?
Don't do that.