From New York.
I don't get all the cultural references, of course, nor do I agree with them necessarily. But I think naming a preschool "Mozarts and Einsteins" is definitely highbrow and despicable.
So let's see: I'll use political media personalities for starters. This is really, really fun!
Highbrow and despicable
Highbrow and brilliant
Lowbrow and despicable
Lowbrow and brilliant
What could some other categories be?
Now for the rant:
We are in a queasy-making time of cultural change, which is hard on everyone but particularly on us oldsters. I can't really keep up, but it's fun to try anyway. One thing never changes : crap is crap, it's been around forever and someone will always be trying to sell it to you. These days, though, it's like you can't say things are crap because someone might get their feelings hurt. Or might reflect that they are being cheated and therefore would feel foolish for being taken in. For instance, when we were in Boise we ate at a Ruby Tuesday's. The food was so bad. It was nauseating. So no one can tell me Ruby Tuesdays is a good place to eat, at least not the one in Boise. I don't know what was in my disgusting hamburger. So the place was all decorated up and overpriced and the waitpersons were grinning and peppy and servile. The food tasted like garbage.But I could not break the rules of the game and say so. Just say, "This hamburger tastes vile. Take it back."
Here is where we find ourselves, forced to make nice about awful awful things. It's pathetic, really. It's an old person's gripe, I guess. They don't really like us, but they will pretend to in exchange for our money, and they figure we won't notice how we are being cheated.
But I say quality is important. We have forgotten to demand quality. If you pay money for a film, or a meal, or a trip, you should get your money's worth of genuinely good stuff and above all not be forced to pretend that some godawful thing is just fine.