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Classic FM increasingly popular with teenagers

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

Classic FM now has over half a million teenage listeners. Not all teenagers are heavy-metal pumping goths stalking the streets late at night with knives under their coats looking to jump old grannies.

Would anyone like to break the news to Mr Dacre? It’s have Mrs Lee-Potter turning in her grave.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Anonymous


    18.12, 25/08/2007

I am shocked, that as an educated individual, you would categorise the danger of soceity to be “heavy metal pumping goths stalking the streets late at night with knives under their coats looking to jump old grannies”

If there is a social stereotype that is worthy of this moniker, look to the “chavs”. My partner and I were attacked by a pack of no less then 14 of them which left us hospitalised.

Whilst this articles focus is not on the type of person who listens to classic fm, I would request that you consider carefully your choice of analogy and euphimism in future articles.

*Disappointed*


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    22.03, 25/08/2007

Thanks for your comment, and I entirely understand your disappointment, but would like to clarify that I personally am not of the opinion that these stereotypes are the greatest danger to today’s society.

I agree with you entirely that such characterisations are wrong: I was merely seeking to satirise the tabloid newspapers’ opinions of teenagers – hence the references to Mr Dacre and Mrs Lee-Potter.

My personal opinion of “heavy metal pumping goths” is far from that end of the spectrum – as you can read in some detail here.




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