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So after having a bizarre dream last night about being around all the popular people from high school—who behaved just the same at 30 as they did at 17—I’ve been wondering:

For some time now, we’ve lived in a culture that has very publicly deplored cliquishness, and that has offered up unabashedly critical treatments of this kind of behavior (we need only of films like Rumble Fish, Jawbreaker, Heathers, or even The Craft).

These are films that portray the popular people as absolutely horrible, and present us, again and again, with depictions of how unsufferably cruel popular people in high school can be.

Now. That said, I’ve been wondering this:

When popular, but cruel, high school students (and even those who aren’t cruel) go to see these movies, do they realize that they’re watching themselves? Or do they wave it off?

I know, I know. Point of view is what’s important here. All of these movies are really told from the perspective of the underdog. They’re probably written by people who were members of the oppressed “uncool” in high school, after all.

So anyway, I’ve just been thinking about this all day.


Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:01 am

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