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The Tough Life of a Liberal Blogger?

8th February 2005 • Dave

Reading, The Tough Life of a Liberal Blogger by Justin Darr put me in mind of everything which is wrong with Fahrenheit 9-11 and all forms of bigots who try to force their transparent political agenda on the majority of people who occupy an increasingly crowded space somewhere near the political centre.

I am probably one of the few people in the world not to have watched Michael Moore’s polemic Fahrenheit 9-11 prior to last year’s US presidential election. Having read and heard so much hype about this film and it having been recommended to me by people who’s opinions I very much respect, I spent a couple of hours the week before last sitting down to watch Fahrenheit 9-11 when it was screened on Channel 4 here in the UK.

Regardless of who won the popular vote in the US in 2000, Fahrenheit 9-11 doesn’t challenge the more important systemic problems with an electoral system which would allow for a ruling and ultimately an outcome which does not reflect the popular vote.

The film becomes distracted with details such as why George W Bush did not immediately rush out of a classroom full of kids at the exact moment that he heard his country was under attack on 11 September 2001. Would such a knee-jerk reaction from Bush have actually saved lives? With Bush’s clearly limited intellectual capacity, taking a couple of moments to gather his thoughts before opening his mouth was probably a sensible move under the circumstances?

Fahrenheit 9-11 does as Justin Darr does in insulting the reader’s/viewer’s intellect by stereotyping and peddling cliché to attempt to make an argument. Darr suggests that folk of a liberal persuasion spend their weekends taking drugs and are unemployable while Moore played up heart-rending images of distraught mother’s who’s children had gone to war. Guys using these stereotyped images in this way is outmoded. Surely what passes for journalism and film-making has moved on since Vietnam?

Darr could be right that Conspiracy Theorising is rampant at the moment. But he fails, as Moore does, to recognise that the obsession with the notion that ones political opponents are unduly attached to a given Conspiracy Theory, is in and of itself pretty paranoid. Genius is not required to appreciate the simple truth that Conspiracy Theorists are not exclusively affiliated with any particular ideology.

The irony in Darr’s accusing CNN and CBS of being prejudiced is hilarious when one considers how Fox choose to represent current a fares. I have a clear recollection of tuning into Fox News not long after American troops had passed over the border into Iraq in April 2003 and during a discussion about the cost to human life hearing one correspondent blatantly change the emphasis of the discussion by asking what the war would do to the cost of gasoline in the US! The problem which faces Darr’s readers is similar to that which confront viewers of the Moore movie. These guys come with a political agenda, attacking what they do not or cannot understand, while at the same time attempting to spoon-feed it to a sophisticated connected public.

Many who opposed the war in Iraq do not subscribe to Conspiracy Theories about the outcome of the 2004 election in the US. Many who did not vote for Bush acknowledge that the American electorate has spoken and has chosen to have Bush as US president for the next 4 years.

By it’s very nature American foreign policy extends around the world, and it has been suggested that the US of today is as influencial and is as powerful as the Roman empires of old. This topic is something in which we all must take an interest. While, like many I can’t buy into this form of political pingpong, Barr and Moore may be succeeding on one level, i.e., getting people switched on to world affairs. However, evangelising any given philosophy too vigorously is just as likely to turn people away from your cause. While someone somewhere is logging on, someone somewhere else has just logged off.

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Change and Wishful Thinking

7th February 2005 • Dave

Got instant messaging with one of my x-girlfriends on Messenger earlier:

XGF: hey do you remember when you got them kids suspended from school for sending you nasty emails?

DW: hahaha, jasus I’d almost forgotten about that rofl

XGF: god i can’t believe how much i’ve changed since then

DW: well it’s important to change a little bit everyday

XGF: that sounds like some self help mumbo jumbo

DW: yeh it probably is. But if nothing changes then everything stays exactly the same, how interesting is that?

XGF: it’s weird tho…i mean i’ve been getting quite introverted in my old age, i think that goes with not having much of a social life, and it made me get very nostalgic about the time before i went away to uni….not a pleasant nostalgia either just weird….but now it’s just all shot back into perspective and i can see how different i am,

XGF: all the hopes i had at the time that were subsequently ignored…i can see how much i’ve changed in that respect and it’s weird

DW: I’m different from 3 months ago. going to South Africa was pretty mind bending. I guess we’re meant to change and grow and all that crap.

DW: I’d say if you hadn’t changed in the last 5 years then it would be stranger no?

XGF: yeah i guess i’ve not had any one major life changing experience in such a short space of time….i mean uni changes you but it’s spread over several years so it’s more like lots of small things so you don’t notice it all at once

DW: yeh and I notice that working changes people too. All the people I know in their late 20s and who are in work have really changed a lot in the last couple of years.

XGF: yeah work certainly regulates your life

XGF: you wind up having to get sensible

DW: I think when you’ve only got a very small proportion of the day to spend on yourself, it can make one focus on what is important

XGF: ideally yes, but it doesn’t always work out like that

XGF: altho it does make you appreciate your free time more

DW: well it usually doesn’t always work out like that, but the very fact that it makes some folks reevaluate what’s important to them is significant

XGF: before i got my first full time job i’d spent three months on the dole, just out of uni, totally broke and in a new town where i couldn’t afford to get to know it properly…the most depressing three months of my life….so when i started my job i was too excited about actually having money in my account every month to worry about the important things

DW: yeh, but then the novelty wore off?

XGF: it was a shit job more to the point

XGF: i always appreciated the financial security of a monthly wage

DW: what and you don’t have one now?

XGF: i still appreciate it

DW: good

XGF: i think if i didn’t have to spend so much of my free time commuting, my life would be pretty pleasant all in all

DW: but there’s a difference between appreciating it and getting excited “every month”?

XGF: oh, and if i had more friends in the area

XGF: oh god i do get excited

DW: If I had a hammer…

XGF: what would u do if u had a hammer

DW: I’d hammer in the morning.

DW: obviously

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Eureka it Works

7th February 2005 • Dave

Well they said it would. although it took a while to appear. Not the instant gratification one would expect, but hey it’s early doors and I’ve only just lost my blog virginity so still plenty to learn.

My gf called to wake me up, but was amazed to find me already awake. Hadn’t really slept, but then I usually don’t. No change there then.

I did some shopping online, nothing exciting, bread and milk and the like. Ok time to put the kettle on, I am apparently on the internet radio in an hour or two.


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Who Wants to Blog Anyway?

7th February 2005 • Dave

Everyone it seems.

3 … 2 … 1 and lift off of the space shuttle blog! Spewing yet more insecure vitriol out on to the Net. Like the Net needs more of this pathetic self-indulgent cack? Personal expression? Yeh right. An outlet for sad geeks with no friends or lives, to desparately try and give their lives or should that be our lives meaning, by inflicting our feckless opinionated ramblings onto the world in general. Oh and if they, we, can get away with a bit of Googlewashing at the same time, then all the better.

Right, now I have got that out of my system, a very warm welcome and all that jazz. I hate blogs. No I mean I really hate blogs. So why have I started one. Well there may be some possible reasons which may or may not be entirely true. But then you did not come here for the truth, or maybe you did?

  1. I created a blog to try and get inside the insidious mind of the rampant bloggers who seem to be taking over. Taking over what? That, I have yet to figure out.
  2. I created a blog because I subscribe to the “if you cannot beat them, join them” school of thought.
  3. I created a blog because I am desperately unhappy and need to vent along with the rest of you.
  4. I created a blog because I am a procrastinator and am engaging with any destraction however small to avoid doing any real work.
  5. I created a blog because … oh I donno, it’s probably just a blip. Normality will resume shortly.

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