What's in the news (or was about six months ago)? High school girls
Now (a) I don't know if it's just me getting older or some new school opening nearby or if it's really what I think and the freshmen this year are more emotionally retarded than usual, scooting about the place in gangs like 12-year-olds, and (b) that fashion of stockings on display is so five minutes ago, and in summary (c) awww, look at China, all growed up.
There's something odd about the wide-eyed moralism you see, and have always seen, about the place. Where does it come from? And how is it staying around so much in the face of blatant, but fairly rootless change?
See, that's the thing, the changes that are being visited upon China. From one perspective they look random and surprising and out of control. But I believe they're not. I believe they're understandable in some sense. Not historical, certainly. Nor directly related to anything anyone overtly chose. But hardly so awesomely out of the blue as to be truly genuinely surprising. So what is it we're seeing in all this change?
NB: the sex stuff is the interesting and obvious "change", but not really what I'm talking about... I'm talking about change. The origin of change.