Children brought up in front of the CCTV

Finished reading Cathi Unsworth’s The Singer while on a plane a couple of days ago. Did it almost at one sitting, found it that enjoyable. Riveting. A searing, soaring Punk novel, with visions as dark as Erebus. Strongly recommended to all who connect with that generation.

The book criss-crosses between the late Seventies and the early 21st century in dramatic fashion. In passing, Cathi refers to the hoodie generation as “children brought up in front of the CCTV”. Children who knew how to keep their faces averted away from the camera, who used their hoodies and baseball caps to best effect.

The overlap between the Hoodie Generation and Generation M is one worth thinking about. It’s the same generation, intensely public and intensely private at the extremes.

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