This might provoke and it might be that I am late to arrive. Anyway. Am I correct to assume that the extreme interest in the chilean miners are partly based on them being the last true workers from the industrial revolution?
That we have entered a time when the word labor and workers have a completely different perception and meaning depending on whom you talk to and off course, context.
It is like looking at the last specimen of a breed going into extinction. They suddenly are given different values. They might still be pawns, but now they are precious because they are fewer.
We were at least able to save some of them in the mining accident in Chile.
Is there a nostalgia present here? Do you find this preposterous?