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Looking back at old TV-concepts which changed the media

In culture on April 7, 2018 at 06:40

My son came to me and told me that they had found a poster in downtown Horsens about something called “Big Brother”. Then I had to explain to him when Jildo won the first danish version of Big Brother back in 2001. Yes, years has past but the nickname Jildo the winner had will never be forgotten. It was in fact a combination of her real name and a tool for women who finds more fun in this tool than a partner which is OK for me.

Also the first season was marked when 3 participants walked out. A talented singer who since became a washed-up wannebe singer you very seldom hear anywhere but his partipation allowed him to stay in the dreamworld of being a singer because everyone still wants to see the man who walked out. There was also wannebe therapist who today is mostly known to have been a girlfriend to a member of one of the bikergangs who shoots at each other making the streets of Denmark a dangerous place to be.

Back then it was a big game changer in reality Television. Today it will not be broadcasted as the viewers have moved on.

Now they are thinking of making a Danish version of “Ex on the Beach”. I do not know if it will be a success. We do not have a Turn-about Ranch in Denmark anymore where the teenagers can be tortured to become extreme like Jemma Lucy. Solhaven was closed down by the authorities and I doubt that some of the former victims are able to be on television.

I do find that the world of reality television is boring. Real documentaries showing how ordinary people really live like “På Røven i Nakskov” and Buckwild are far more interesting. While I intend to live the rest of my life here around Horsens, it is not bad to observe how people live in other places. I will never visit Lolland or West Virginia but these documentaries have given me an insight in other cultures. That is far more interesting compared to observe an artificial setup.

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Will the government be able to slaughter the boarding schools golden goose?

In culture on April 1, 2018 at 07:29

A lot of teenagers are using the 10th form at a boarding school. Boarding schools called “Efterskole” has been used as a kind of timeout by many teenagers who had not decided which path in life they want to take.

But the Danish Industry does not like it. It delays their path toward a productive adult life.

Now the Danish government wants to move the 10th form to schools where the teenager can learn craftmanship. Too many attend the high schools targeted towards universities and university colleges when it is known that a lot of them would not be attend to finish them because universities have been shown to function only for children of families who have academic degrees in the previous generations.

Children from working class families function better working with craftmanship all research shows. The social heritage does matter. People will always be affected by it and it does not work trying to alter this. People are not born equal in Denmark and while you can set up a system with student grants, student grants are not all. 40 years of work in the field trying to make the social heritage matter less, has not worked.

Immigrants and children from working class families needs to learn to settle with things in life they can achieve.

So the public schools housing the 10’th form will move to schools with craftmanship but what about the boarding schools? Should they be allowed to operate as counter productive against the goal of the Danish Industry?

Something needs to be done because otherwise people will say that you can buy a timeout for your child if you have the money and you have to take the path life have put in place for you if you do not have the money.

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If you send your child out of the country, you will be jailed for 4 years

In culture on March 1, 2018 at 17:29

Children born and living in Denmark are now safer after the Danish government has announced that it would cost parents 4 years in prison plus the risk of losing both citizenship and possible refugee status if the children are sent out of Denmark because the parents fear that the child is risk of a life in crime or the child just has become too Danish.

For some time the Danish government has monitored the traffic of children going abroad and an entire industry of lock-down boarding schools have been observed in a lot of countries targeting parents who fear that the easy access to alcohol in Denmark would make the children too Danish ignoring that our culture can boost themselves of having fewer teenage pregnancies compared to the United States, fewer gun-related crimes and fewer on both perscription and illegal drugs.

Danish youth culture can seem very extreme but it is how it is for a good reason. Mild consumption of alcohol increase the ability to socialize and lower the risk of dropping out of the education sector all good research show.

Children should not be robbed of this experience just their parents came from another culture. Regardless of religion, color and ethnic origins the children should be allowed this experience so they can excel and make something for themselves.

The only way to bankrupt the boarding school industry in Africa is to target the parents. 4 years in prison is double the time, parents risked in the past. The loss of citizenship and refugee status is only fair if you look at who is often paying for housing people in the first place.

It is everyones hope that this harsher approach will deter parents from every sending their children abroad.

Source (In Danish)
Ny plan: Fængsel og udvisning for at sende børn på genopdragelse

The king is dead

In culture on February 14, 2018 at 06:26

Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark has died at the age of 83.

He did a lot for both our country and France, which in the minds of ordinary Danes was elevated from just a province in Europe to a country with a special culture and fine cuisine thanks to his effort in teaching us the mindset from down there.

But his life also was a showcase in how difficult it is to be accepted in the minds of ordinary Danes. This should be a warning to all immigrants. If he with all the resources the royal house has and the intelligent mind with knowledge of literature, music and art, speaking at least 5 languages not can be integrated and accepted as just another Dane, who can?

He was able to speak to all Danes. Yes. His Danish was not as good as native citizens near Copenhagen speak but then a lot of Danes do not understand each other due to differences in the language (dialects) across the country. In some places “I” in danish is just a one-letter word where it consist of 3 letters near Copenhagen.

People laughed behind his back at many occasions which is kind of sad. The fact is that art, music and languages are for the elite in Denmark. Denmark is a country where the population walks in two paces. 60 percent of the people only read the Jante-law. That is their knowledge of literature. If people do not understand this, they will get in trouble and trouble he got when he aimed for a finer title. There is not fully equality in the Danish royal house. We did not have that many ruling Queens in our history, would critics state. And we are slow to make changes.

This has a reason. You do not find any people on the earth who struggle during daily life. Cuts in early retirement, loss of jobs due to the global economy, loss of policing due to the need of border control, cuts in the education sector so next generation of Danes will see fewer graduate high school means no surplus for changes.

He did his utmost. I do not think no person could have done a better job. He was an extraordinary person. He will missed so much.

Peace in our time

In culture on February 11, 2018 at 09:04

After the high commands of the major youth gangs Brothas and Loyal to the Familia announced the ceasefire in Copenhagen life is a slowly returning to the streets of Copenhagen.

Also the politicians are working on more long term solutions. A removal of part of the Danish rent protect laws has allowed owners of building built after 1994 to set the level of rents to what the market allows instead of the rent being based on costs. This change in legislation will push the massive exodus of poor people and just people working ordinary job out of the cities into a higher gear.

As the youth gangs mostly get their recruits from the part of the citizens in the cities who have the lowest income, this would reduce the size of the youth gangs over time and once they are exiled to the parts of Denmark called The Rotten Banana they will not be part of gangs as the public transport is almost not existing outside the cities and ownership of cars in Denmark are among the most expensive in the entire world due to the strict audit system of cars in private ownership. Every second year the car has to be brought back to working legal condition which is very pricy and makes it impossible for many citizens to own a car.

Right now citizens among the big schools like Copenhagen Business School, Niels Brock and Copenhagen University has seen a rising number of tags – graffiti showing ownership of a territory of a youth gang. That is the most visible sign that the ceasefire in the gang wars are working. The very public case of Jakob Engel-Schmidt shows that not only do the students need performance drugs to do their jobs and studies. Also the employees need help dealing with a stressful daily life. That is the reason that the areas around the schools have been the battle ground of the gang war.

The exodus of the poor people from cities like Copenhagen will take care of this. Young people from the ghettos often have no choice in the line of work. They can work for the youth gangs which can lead them into conflict with the laws. It is so in the United States as shown in this video. It is so in Denmark too.

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