Bogans delight in pig-ignorance

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No amount of Gonski funding can educate our bogans

Mathew Cummins writes: I was surprised that Dr Alex Douglas’ “bogan” comments didn’t get a mention in Crikey yesterday, so here goes. Essentially he said that Tasmania was a state with a lot of people who “wear Ugg boots, watch Big Brother and consume rubbish food, tacky clothing and [live] empty lives”.

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8 thoughts on “Bogans delight in pig-ignorance

  1. zut alors

    Insightful observations by Matthew Cummins.

    The language has been dumbed down ergo the inability to communicate much beyond the banal. I suspect if English was made a compulsory pass subject and we improved vocabulary and grammar standards then we would be better able to express ourselves. Debate and ideas would evolve.

  2. Phillip Monk

    Thanks for the insightful and amusing observations of life in Western Queensland, Matthew. I suspect that the revolution you posit won’t happen when people can earn a great wage doing the low-skilled work you describe.

    Everyone knows how highly the Chinese prize education. It might not be a coincidence that the parents of Chinese children earn a pittance in comparison with us and don’t want their children to end up the same. In other words, there’s no evolutionary pressure to improve here. We’re a nation of fat, dumb and happy dodos. As long as we can dig up dirt and put it on a ship, why should we worry?

  3. Flowenswell

    Great rant, thank you Mathew Cummins. In regrettably large part our national culture has become about defending unjustifiable privilege by burying our heads to the realities of economic change. I wonder if our ignorance isn’t a deliberate choice by those happier to live in a bubble of collective fantasy. That said the same ethic prevails in the US and UK.

    Australia’s going to struggle to play a long game when the prevailing populist attitude is that we’re here ‘for a good time, not a long time’. Feeds into a pathetic short-sighted politics of conformist bullying and hope for an imperialist revival, because Australians apparently shouldn’t have to compete on equal terms with the developing world when ignorance has comfortably gotten us this far. Totally complacent and decadent…

  4. klewso

    Commercial media – the opiate for the masses.

  5. bjb

    Matthew – beautifully put.

  6. dodieh

    Oh goodness Matthew! Are you sure you were in Queensland, not Western Australia?

  7. Kevin_T

    If Mr Cummins observations are a somewhat accurate overview of the culture in the Western Queensland towns nowadays, I would suggest that money has changed the culture to some extent over the last 30 years. At that time the youth just wanted to escape the country towns, their ambitions pretty much being to get to the cities where they could get a job, and a night life. I am not surprised that the lure of money would make mining very attractive as a way to build a bank balance and opportunity, but I am surprised that station work would hold such appeal to many of the children of these booms.

  8. Lasso

    Thank you, Matthew, for echoing some common concerns!

    An interesting comparison with China – bringing to mind broader issues again with regards to the human capital vs. human capability debate within education systems.

    The ironic misapplication of Horne’s “Lucky Country” continues…

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