Originally Posted by Trebor
You weren't going off topic, as these are all contributory factors towards the overall subject of the thread. Anyway, for the sake of others, I'll keep this short:
1) About a teacher's personal style - personal hygiene is most certainly one thing, but students scrutinising the way a teacher dresses is taking things too far. Whatever happened to respecting your elders? Why isn't knowledge and experience given more importance than such superficial aspects as clothing.? When I was a lad, this is something that never really crossed any of our minds (that's unless they had a personal hygiene problem) - so why should it matter now? IT'S NONE OF THEIR BLOODY BUSINESS HOW THEIR TEACHERS DRESS!!!
2) About the media - I agree completely. However, you've forgotten to mention that there's more choice available with every passing decade. As a result, yes, some of the younger people have wised up (and good for them!). But what you've said in no way dispels the fact that young people are more influenced by the ever invading presence of the media. Think of all the media channels available during the '60s and '70s, compared to now - not even half of the current channels existed then (and let's not forget the ever growing sophistication of todays marketing strategies and campaigns). Being more knowledgeable doesn't necessarily guarantee immunity (especially if you haven't fully developed as human being). Sexual partners? Music? Clothes? Role models? What about those? Are you saying that the media fails to influence their tastes in these?
The way young people choose their fragrances and hand out compliments is one thing but, at the end of the day, it all contributes towards the culture of young people today (especially in the above aspects mentioned). Why young people hand out less compliments is still closely connected to questions, such as 'Why are young people so rude and lazy, nowadays?'
Think about it...
Actually Trebor I agree with you about prof's and dress - what is far more important is the quality of education and that's mostly what gets discussed on the rating site - but like all humans, students are also judgmental about style. I wish they'd fight for us underpaid profs to get salary increases - then I could buy more perfume LOL.
And I agree that media - in all forms - are are part of the enculturation of youth (and of us all). I am not only an anthropologist but also have a degree in Media Studies and am quite interested in the impact of media - and marketing overall. I forget what the value is currently of the youth market dollar (billions?) and would love to hear from younger people here about what influences their perfume buys. Is it the ads, the models in the ads...the celeb attached to the campaign - or ultimately the scent itself? One of the questions raised in my class a few weeks ago by a group of young Latina women was about Jennifer Lopez - and why she is currently the only Latina used to promote scent. They actually find it offensive.
I don't agree with the stereotyping of youth as rude and lazy however. Some may be - but I see lots of young folks who are working hard at jobs, and going to school, and contributing to the support of their families. But then I don't teach at an elite school and my students often struggle to earn the cash to buy their books. They aren't buying expensive scent no matter how "in" it may be - though a few have wistfully hoped someone would give them "Angel" for Xmas
I don't want to give the impression that the only young people I come in contact with are in colleges either. I am not really an academic and have spent most of my life working in the context of community organizations and the not-for-profit world and have close contact with non-college bound youths. I do think that the constant hype of luxury and materialism that we are all surrounded with creates simmering resentments among the have-nots and a false sense of values about what is or is not esteemable. I must mention here the ad campaign by (not a perfumer) but Dovehttp://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/home.asp
which has got nothing but raves from my female (and some male) students who are happy to see media images that are more reflective of diversity, promotes self-esteem, and addresses the epidemic of anorexia and bulima we are seeing more of in the western world. It would be nice to see something similar from perfumers - but that is probably asking for too much.
Am enjoying the discussion, and have to go back to preparing my turkey and baked ham - which will be the perfume scenting my house for the next two days