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I think the problem is there's a nostalgic hankering for a community and culture that never really existed.

Working class solidarity was a real thing for a while because everyone lived physically close.

But many of those 'happy families' were seething with alcoholism, physical and emotional child abuse, sexual abuse, violence, and other not so happy things. And things weren't any better in the other classes.

It wasn't that long ago that living in someone was still known as 'living in sin' by the religious nutters who owned public morality. The pressures to keep private transgressions behind a public mask were immense, and not very fun to live with.

If the Internet has done nothing else it has lifted the lid on relationships and experiences that would previously have remained hidden, and helped tolerance of real diversity.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Nov 14th, 2012 at 10:27:43 AM EST
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