Monty Python and Cultural Hegemony

Listening to Bryan Magee interview Herbert Marcuse in 1978, or Eric Hobsbawn lecture on Gramsci in the 60s is very interesting for a variety of reasons, but it’s sometimes hard to take them seriously, because these are clearly the people Monty Python were imitating in every interview or TV quiz show based skit, right down to accent, intonation etc. And I and so many of my generation have unwittingly imported them into our own idiolects. Check it out.

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