When did this become a thing?

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Bathsaint posted this 29 June 2017

I often observe something and find myself pondering "when did that become a 'thing'?"

Use this thread to discuss things in modern society that perplex you or make you wonder when they became a 'thing'.

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Bathsaint posted this 29 June 2017

I’ll kick off with school proms. When did they become a ‘thing’? When I finished at Henry Beaufort, we had a crappy school disco in the sports hall. It was pathetic in the way only the British can make something truly pathetic. But, frankly, that was all we needed. Plenty of us went on to Peter Symonds and those who didn’t were probably only too glad to see the back of that school.

16-year-olds getting all tarted up and hiring limousines to go to some prom frankly seems a bit weird to me. I guess I became aware of it when my nieces finished school a few years back In some ways, what they were doing seemed even more pathetic than that dreadful disco all those years back at Henry Beaufort.

For example, look at this awfulness:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-40439377/the-english-town-that-really-loves-a-school-prom

 

Midsommer Norton. All these kids dressed up and parading around that dismal town in the middle of nowhere in Somerset. You too can have your limo drive past the bleak coal tips left over from the coal-mining heyday. Maybe it is all to blot out the dreadfulness of their existence….

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StickyWhiteDovePiss posted this 29 June 2017

Shall we have a 'where did this become a thing' thread too?

http://www.sotonians.com/chat/how-did-this-become-a-thing

Check your dossiers before posting, people please.

Bathsaint posted this 29 June 2017

Cool, I'll move this post over there. This thread can be happily deleted. 

Nottarf Krap posted this 29 June 2017

I'm afraid it is just part of the headlong rush towards the Americanisation of British culture. Witness Presidential style elections, bastardization of our language with words like 'gotten', 'buzzin', 'dude' etc. And of course, the ubiquitous baseball cap worn back to front. It is my contention that moral decay in this country can trace it's roots to the abandonment of the flat cap and trilby. It all started to go downhill from there! lou_sad

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Barry Sanchez posted this 29 June 2017

Individual over the collective, sad as it is true.