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New Podcast: Downton Abbey and Themes of Change and Prestige

Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey. Click to enlarge.
Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey. Click to enlarge.

The two-hour Season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey was all about the threat of change in the dawn of a 1920s world outside of the snow globe that is Downton. The unstoppable changes in the way people lived forced people to adapt or become extinct. Do I need a valet to dress me? Do we need an extra maid? Do we need this house??? There is also a clinging to prestige, making me wonder why it is that we still cling to a desire or aspiration to appear like people of privilege. What does it say about us? Why is it so important still?

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