Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life

19 Sep

This is an excellent series. I had it on my blog in February 2015, but did not get many comments.

The Most Revolutionary Act

Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life

Pria Viswalingam

Review

Decadence is a 2006 Australian TV series examining the plummeting quality of Australian life, which director and narrator Pria Viswalingam blames on a global economic system based on frenetic consumption, fueled by debt and ridiculously long hours of work. The cinematography choreographs to perfection the self-indulgent moral degradation of a culture that has been subsumed by US political and cultural norms that reward narcissism and the vacuous idolization of celebrity.

The only critique I would have is the absence class perspective. I have a problem with Viswalingam’s blanket assertion that all Australians are working ridiculously long hours because they value the accumulation of luxuries more than family time or friendships. I think this criticism applies chiefly to the shrinking Australian middle class – which I estimate at around 20-30% of the population. From my experience, the majority of Aussies – like…

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One Response to “Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life”

  1. stuartbramhall September 20, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Thanks for reblogging Aunty. I’m sorry I missed this the first time.

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