I am still chased up the stairs by the monster that lives in the cellar.

Well known to all that watch the show, Scooby and Shaggy take diazepam to reduce the psychic stresses associated with the trappings of mystery-solving.
Scooby and Shaggy take diazepam (aka ‘Scooby snacks’) to reduce the psychic stresses associated with the trappings of a mystery-solving lifestyle.

I always detested Scooby Doo as a kid, because it was so mind-numbling formulaic. But I have been dragged into that particular element of nostalgia by having a daughter who is crazy about the intrepid five, so much so that when she couldn’t find her hairbrush the other day she said, “it looks like we’ve got another mystery on our hands.”

It was on our last all-morning Scooby Doo and pancakes-athon (YES, send me your angry letters) that I was struck by various elements of the show that serve as a commentary on the post-modern construct, as well as drawing a broader parallel with the machinations of democracy.

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