But is it not obvious that the sick kiddies are a metaphor - you know, a
trope, an analogy, a figure of speech that represents or stands for something else, a symbol of the sick children that we have become after several generations of infantilisation by consumerist advertising and a succession of governments who promise abiding satisfaction by ever escalating desire for stuff we can't afford, (economic growth) propped up by the weird notion that we will remain forever young?
We are all sick children, kept in a perpetual state of immortality - all our dreams can come true if we subscribe to the pipe dream; buy that car, sign up for that mortgage, opt for that boob job. Sick children, slaves of desire who think we can cheat death by wish fulfillment. How sick is that?
The only criticism that can be leveled at the Chasers is that they have overestimated the intelligence of their audience. However, the moment that the ABC starts pitching down to the lowest common denominator of its audience (I'm looking at you Nanny Rudd), it will cease to be my ABC.
How the hell did we get so stupid?
If you want to watch sentimental clap trap, there is A Current Affair for goodness sake. Just switch channels and get your head out of my space!