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November 06, 2013



Hi Derek,
Great post linking personal, political and pop.
Exposing your daughters to this might sadden you but how lucky they are to have these conversations.

Derek Robertson

Thanks John :) I really like the song as well! Seriously though, real opportunity to subvert what is fed to young people as cool (do we still say that?)by looking at ways in which we can deconstruct image and message.


Hi Derek,

a really thought-provoking post, thank you. As someone whose been following the drug legalisation debates in Uruguay reasonably closely and has also taught about the issue (year 8 Spanish, that was challenging but amazingly thought provoking), it's really interesting to see you arriving at the debate from this fascinating angle. As with all things in the world, if you say a direct "No" people will want to push boundaries. By facing up to issues like this and educating about the realities of a major global problem, both in terms of the huge, and often debilitating, impact on the producing countries and the physical impact in consuming nations hopefully we can actually develop some kind of reflective appreciation of the need to accept that current policies aren't necessarily working. Alas.

As someone with 2 very, very small kids, though, to have to have the conversation that you did would be terrifying- but forewarned is forearmed, so your daughters are now surely so much better prepared than just through hearing playground rumours.


Huge thanks, Derek, a great post.

Derek Robertson

Yes, having that chat with my 10 & 11 year old daughters was interesting but not quits terrifying experience. I like to help them make greater sense of things but sometimes topics I'd rather not address just come up. The line I highlighted was what did it this time. Thanks for the comment.

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