Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vancouver hockey riot is a symptom of a larger problem

But we can’t just blame a few “bad apples.” This riot didn't happen on
its own. Society as a whole ensured that it was the only outcome,
starting with the assumption that our over-amped if not war-like passion
for something as inconsequential as a hockey game is appropriate to
begin with, let alone officially sanctioned. But hey, it’s a fucking
goldmine for advertisers and a hell of a vacuum to suck in a growing
population of bored, distracted, disassociated, and quietly despairing
Lower Mainlanders marinated in the hegemony of cheap sensation, and
governed by institutions hostile to art, truth, and beauty. It’s a
problem that, as always, starts at the very top