名人教英文 – 人畜有別反叛有理

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20/01/2010

名人教英文 – 人畜有別反叛有理 陳淑莊

青年自發上街,秩序井然的遊行和包圍立法會,換來是許多無理的指控(indictments),尤其來自建制和政府。熱愛標籤的傳媒(the label-loving media),最近給青年人找到一個方便的印章(a handy tag),叫做「八十後」,泛指80 年代或以後出生的人。

根據William Strauss 和Neil Howe 的著作Generations,西方對年齡層也有相關的標籤:Greatest Generation(戰前出生),Silent Generation(戰時出生),Baby-boomers(戰後出生),Generation X(60 至80 年代出生),Generation Y(80 至90 年代出生)。Generation Z 可推斷為90 年代中至2000 年代尾出生。

運用這些標籤方便,在於它們能將許多有血有肉,人格獨立,熱血滿腔的青年人概括成一個冰冷的詞彙。Generalisation(概括化)之後,讓當權者更容易管理─像農場把一群牛隻類分為A1 至A5 等級一樣─無論是人是牛, 緊隨其後, 便是stigmatisation。Stigmatise 是動詞,指蒙上污名,亦有打上烙印之意。

不論就教育制度、劉曉波、普選、經濟政策、環境保護、功能組別和高鐵,政府漠視青年人訴求。早前有一位高官,說「八十後」只關心會所的泳池有多大,這不只是對青年人,而是對整個社會的嚴重矛盾完全誤解!

政府以為靠賣電視廣告,靠出錢收買人心,意圖邀請人氣偶像MC Jin出口宣傳(當然,他「吃了檸檬」, He got turned down)便能和市民大眾「拉近距離」,He is barking up the wrong tree!

如果高官肯做資料蒐集,便應該知到該名「ABC」(美國出生華人)饒舌歌手有一首英文歌叫做「Same Cry」,以歌詠志,講及六四和中國人權: 「June 4th 89, a day residents feared, nowknown as the Massacre at Tiananmen Square. The day I turned7, when they were mourning and grieving, thousands ofinnocents died for what they believed in.」

六四那年,MC Jin 七歲已有相當良知。包括曾蔭權在內的高官,你呢?

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