They were heavily involved in the recent civil rights referendumsCould also be something to do with the training from two invaders over centuries. The first being the catholic church which made a very biddable and quite naive population in Ireland and of course the shorter of the two invasions, by the British.
We have one of the few demographics of young voters who do take an interest in politics, do vote, and do make their voices heard. They were heavily involved in the recent civil rights referendums going the way they did despite the efforts of the dwindling band of Radharcs and their secret weapon Nurse Noel or whatever.
I've heard it said that there will never be another rebellion against any overlords as long as Irish men are warned by the militant wing of the family not to 'make a show of us' by getting into any non-conformist political frame of mind. Hopefully that ou'l Radharc style thinking is dying out too.
I definitely think is a reluctance to demonstrate which is linked back to the old colony mindset. A hangover from the past which we could do with closing off.
ANDLLE - my error! I meant LLS for Late Late Show!
Yes I can remember Gay B from an early age. Mind you here on the east coast we could pick up the BBC and UTV channels so that cultural shift was happening anyway
- but hey were bastions of conservativism themselves at first
A lot of people don't realise that the UK was a pretty stuffy place itself back in the early 60s - esp outside of the Big Cities.
If the opening of RTE on New Years night 1961 was a game changer
- I can remember my aunts talking about it the next day [must be getting old!]
- then for me the BIG ONE was the launch of Windows '95 on 24 August 1995!
I helped to launch it and was interviewed on the 1' O'clock News about what it was all about!
The computerisation of Business, Social Media and the Gaming scene from the mid 90s onwards really has changed not just Ireland but the World
.Google, Facebook,Twitter, Amazon?
I remember hearing on an old Radharc program - it was an RTE religious program, made by priests in the 60's? - about Irish emigrants to England. One of the catholic chaplains was talking about religious practice or the lack thereof and he remarked that Irish people want to conform, they hate being different to the majority
Your mention of smartphone media and Catuahalpa's mention of computer & media is interesting. They are both innovative disruptive technologies... you know disruptive in the way that they disrupt the status quo, equilibrium.Google, Facebook,Twitter, Amazon?
I remember hearing on an old Radharc program - it was an RTE religious program, made by priests in the 60's? - about Irish emigrants to England. One of the catholic chaplains was talking about religious practice or the lack thereof and he remarked that Irish people want to conform, they hate being different to the majority.
He never dug into the church's known paedophilia or the state's collusion. Never discussed the Laundries.I think one of the differences between Byrne's influence and the influence of the online systems is that while Byrne exposed people to public discussion of local subjects which were rarely discussed and then only in private or after a feed of drink in a pub, most of the online ideas originate in Hollywood and only feed the desire of people to conform with whatever's trendy. Most of the media coverage of the LLS has related to the liberal agenda whereas Byrne also questioned subjects like the north, history and Irish language, all of which were national dogma.
Good post and I'm in the same boat as you when it comes modern technology , recently watched a good show on automation here in the states Frontline is the name of the show I'll try and see if it's up on youtube and find a link for you , I tell you what it was an eyeopener for whats coming they also showed what the Chinese are doing and also what they have done to basically an entire city on the Chinese border which is predominantly muslim definitely worth a watch .AND
Yes, to both of you, nail on the head! It's ironic that on the Day that Gay Byrne passed on -- or the day after, RTE announces that it's in an existential fight for survival as the money is running short (The poor presenters have to get by on only €300,000 or is it €500,000 -- and the two orchestras! What's a body to do? But the two of you brushed on it above: The up & coming generation don't watch television. They don't by newspapers either. They get by on their smartphones and iphones.
Learning Computers and internet was a big breakthrough for me and I'm no spring chicken. I never quite got into the smartphone/iphone world of the millenials snowflake generation. Now that lately all this stuff is coming out about the dangers of blue light and how late evening use can upset your circadian rhythms, sleep patterns and hormonal balance I'm kind of losing my enthusiasm for joining their gang. I can see that a smartphone iphone can be very useful: Maps of the city, photographing opening times of a shop or library etc and how google maps even shows you the opening times of many of the stores. Over in Poland I've seen that the young people use their smart phones to reserve and to buy bus tickets, to pay in supermarkets -- so it's your wallet effectively. But -- big but! All those data banks have been sold by Facebook, Google etc. Sold to whom? duuuu....uuhh to reputable people? Well to whoever paid the money . But no panic! he was only sold a copy, mind. And if he so much as dares to sell on his copy, or a copy of his copy why Mark Zuckerberg will look at him with a cross face for being bold.
‘Who in their right mind would turn down the opportunity of working with the single greatest producer and presenter in Irish broadcasting and beyond?’www.irishtimes.com
I hope Gaybo lands straight on Heaven's doorstep. but straight to the point. Some journo pointed out that It was Dev's Ireland when he came onto the stage of the Late Late.
There is a lot of truth in the title that it was Gay Byrne's Ireland once the Late Late show started. Myself I think this might be a bit pretentious. It was the advent of television.
I'm of an age to remember when the leaders were quite serious about making Irish the main language, when the Hierarchy had editorial control over the media -- and education and health.
But to my question. Now that Dev and Gaybo have gone through those pearly gates, Who's Ireland will it be now?
Micheál Martins ?
Mary Lou's ?
Arlene's hardly! But she'll have a hand in it somehow.