It’s more accurate to say that we have gone from a society that protected people from their frailties to a society that allows people to maximize their talents.
Over all, we’ve made life richer for the people who have the social capital to create their own worlds. We’ve also made it harder for the people who don’t — especially poorer children.
These trends are not going to reverse themselves. So maybe it’s time to acknowledge a core reality: People with skills can really thrive in this tenuous, networked society. People without those advantages would probably be better off if we could build new versions of the settled, stable and thick arrangements we’ve left behind.
I struggle with the arguments made for movies that are trying to be “realistic” and therefor use the r word because it’s commonplace in these times. I follow the argument but I’m still against it. I can easily argue that it shouldn’t be used in comedies for comedic value putting someone down, but I don’t have a good solid argument against those arguing it’s use for realisms sake…