Friday, November 19, 2004

Big Brother Croatia Update: Filip and Marina Vindicated

Few weeks ago all the intellectual snobs of Croatia gained new ammunition in their crusade against Big Brother Croatia or at least some of their least favourite contestants. Filip and Marina, deemed by many to be the most "square" and most "boring" of all, were caught in the discussion that showed their lack of knowledge about Paganini. This immediately validated all the prejudice against Marina as "brainless bimbo" and prejudice against Filip as "intellectual fraud".

But this little slippage pales in comparison towards the horror that awaited all the connoisseurs of fine literature when they were listening to the discussion between Ana, Antonija and Valentina yesterday morning. Those three women, often seen as "liberated", "hip", "educated", "outspoken", somehow failed to come to grips whether Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Charles Dickens or Mark Twain are literary characters or authors or whether Charles Dickens (or "Charles Dickinson" as one of the women has named him) is an English or American author.

Whether all three are at university or not (Valentina and Antonija are, Ana isn't) is not the issue here. Twain and Dickens are supposed to be names familiar to all those who finished high school.


Blogger DarkoV said...

Unbelievable!?!? What kind of high schools do you have over there? Here in the States, the kids obviously know who these folks are.

Mark Twain - Wife beating stepfather of Shania Twain.
Dick Ends - Detroit-based rapper with one hit to his credit, "Tailed in Two Cities".

Keep 'em learnin' !

7:53 PM  

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