“How low am I, thou painted maypole? Speak. I am not yet so low but that my nails can reach unto thine eyes?”
Hermia to Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream (3.2.289)
He went on to say that this actress’s next project was in a superhero movie, so and I quote …”now fans of low culture can see how it feels when she ruins one of their favorite characters too!” End quote.
Low culture? I sat there for a moment, stunned. First of all, I thought maybe he’s not being derogatory, perhaps this is a term that can be used in a non-pejorative sense. But after reminding myself of the exact meaning through Wikipedia,
I realized he did intend the term as a slam.And as an author of escapist fiction, I was part of a despised — majority.
I pondered his hypocrisy for a moment. The object of his blog was a TV show! (Which he considered High culture I presume.)
Next, I thought, High and low culture? How last century! Are we in 2011 still bound by terms as archaic as the class system? I was in high (low?) dudgeon by this point.
And then I remembered that panderer to the unwashed masses, Shakespeare and decided I am perfectly happy to stand with the low.
What do you think? Should these terms still be in use? Should Mr. Blogger be tarred and feathered?