Tradition: Form, not Function

This documentary–visually examining the varying perceptions of the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Rag day (basically a day where faculty performances are put up to ‘thank’ the public for donations during an earlier Flag Day)–is a fine example of how traditions (so exquisitely defined by my colleague as a “meme that is passed down through generations”) can easily transmit down in familiar form, but not so much in original function.

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