Episode 109. Class Act: Society (1989)

The elite are literally a different breed in Brian Yuzna’s cult classic film about the perils of popularity and privilege. In this episode, Andrea and Alex dive into the mystique that surrounds the wealthy and explore why they need the rest of us to survive. 


Society. Dir. Brian Yuzna, 1989. 


Generation Multiplex. Timothy Shary’s fascinating book about the language of film and its influence on teen culture. 
Fran Lebowitz on Race and Racism. The iconic writer on inherited privilege. 
Baby Scoop Era. The period before abortion was legalized which saw a rise in adoptions.  
Orgies: A Brief History of Hanky-Panky. A look back at group sex through the centuries. 
Sociology of the elite. A faddish field, but experiencing a revival now due to growing social inequality.


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One thought on “Episode 109. Class Act: Society (1989)

  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    I didn’t get the logic of Billy being adopted. It seems to just be something he imagines early on, then at the end he’s told he was never really one of them even though early on the adult authority figures had been treating him like that, and no reason is given why his parents would have adopted him. So they could eat him doesn’t suffice, since they didn’t have to do that with Blanchard.

    “Poor people doing the labor that keeps the rich rich” strikes me as a very Old Left point of view:
    I would guess that income is not a very strong predictor of favoring restrictions on abortion. Doing some googling:
    “According to a 2020 Gallup poll, only 23 percent of those who earned less than $40,000 a year believed abortion should be
    legal under any circumstances, while those earning more than $100,000 a year thought it should be legal around 39% of the time (Legality of Abortion, 2018-2020 Demographic Tables 2020).”

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