Scene: Tut-tutting, it were all fields round here when I were a lad, now it's all just lesbians, vibrating buttplugs and the Muslims culture war blog, popular with angry wingnuts and lunatics. Alarming levels of paranoia and self-pitying resentment make Richard Nixon look like a level-headed rationalist.
Background: Some A-level students have got low scores in an exam because they were confused by the word "despotic" in the question; Charitable reading of the situation makes their objections seem reasonable, while ignorant, desk-pounding reading of the situation makes them look like idiots.
Dramatis Personae: Cackling cavalcade of torn-faced, middle-aged ballbags; representatives for Kids-These-Days.
The Set-up: Torn-faced, middle-aged ballbags diagnose death of civilisation, bemoan stupidity of Kids-These-Days.
The Money Shot: Despite his or her tender years, blog commenter AngryStudent nails the modus operandi of 95% of bloggers, 100% of wingnuts with the following diagnosis...
I've learnt from the boards I've read and posted on that unfortunately the majority of adults are hugely ignorant and stubborn. They read it in a paper and immediately take that side of the story, without hearing us out first. What it comes down to is that they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about, but because they read it in a paper they now view themselves as world experts on answering A-Level questions. And some of them have the cheek to say the country is doomed, when it is their generation who has led us into a depression. Woops!
Hats off to AngryStudent - he or she may struggle with the difference between a despotism and a tyranny - may, for all I know, be completely daft in every other respect - but that's one hundred words of teenaged Perceptiveness WIN.
Thanks due: Band.