Saturday, April 29, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
I'n not saying anything.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Big Brother 06 - Frequently Annoying Questions
It's that time of year again - and as the excitement mounts, so does the incomprehension. For the benefit of fans of Big Brother who are weary of defending it, here are the answers to some of the Frequent Annoying Questions about it. I welcome further questions and answers and embellishments of all kinds.
1. Big Brother is crap
EG - the Australian Family Association says Big Brother is "banal sewage pumped into our living room", and that “While chennel 10 is making money, Big Brother can do no wrong. Now is the time to strile on censorship, Big Brother is the right battle, and the sponsors are the right targets.”
Sure it's crap. Of course it's generally banal. But try to pick your friends wisely - if you think AFA is taking time out of its busy abortion-opposing schedule for a one-off Big Brother campaign, think again. They like LOTS of censorship, and think “There is an urgent need to have mandatory filtering out of pornography by Internet Service Providers.”
Also, I find it difficult to accept being told what I should watch by someone who can’t spell or write proper. That might just be me.
2. "I have to say that I am really surprised (shocked?) that intelligent people of the type who post and comment at LP actually watch Big Brother."
Well, you should get out more.
3. You’re … you’re all hooked on BB trash!!
Probably. We do tend to get a little overexcited at the beginning of a new series, but familiarity eventually breeds contempt. Many of us get bored in the middle of the season, but get back into it by the end.
4. The housemates are stupid exhibitionists and you do them no favours by watching.
The housemates usually are stupid exhibitionists. Indeed, that is rather the point. A voyeuristic show based on cringing introverts doesn't have much in the way of va-va-voom, does it?And you read blogs because of your deep aversion to voyeurism, right?
5. BB relies purely and simply on purient titillation and the standard conventions of soapie character identification.
Yeah, pretty much. We know this stuff. And We Still Like It.
6. It's not as good as (reality genre show of choice).
Survivor is better than BB. Temptation Island was also thoroughly excellent viewing. All other reality shows are more crap than BB.
Update: comicstriphero justifies her love, and here's my attempt at explaining the BB appeal from last year (comments are still there, haloscan just pretends you don't have any after a few months, even if you cough up for a premium membership)
Zoe blasts "rubbish" Prime Minister in Lodge
Rubbish. We need a curriculum that teaches us to analyse, appreciate and understand.
Understanding - and comprehension and intellectual curiosity- are perhaps a little more than the Prime Minister can manage: "When asked about the West Australian Government's "outcome-based" education program, Mr Howard replied: "That is gobbledegook - what does that mean?"
"If I don't know about it, it's not worth knowing about" can now join the Prime Minister's favourite mantra "It wasn't me, you didn't see it, you can't prove a thing."
Update: Dr Faustus casts his elegant eye over the same idiotic pronouncement here. And have a sniff around while you're there, he's very good.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
You knew it was coming
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
I can see why she's being tipped for Big Things, as we slowly watch Amanda Vanstone get pushed further and further into the shadows. Bishop's very polished and knows her lines inside out. It's the Federal Government's job to ensure Parents Have Choice about their kid's education (by funding wealthy private schools). Any action necessary to make choice meaningful is the responsibility of the State Governments.
The Federal government is also happily responsible for Flags, Values, Anthem-Singing and Report Cards that Pull no Punches.
My favourite bit was this:
BARRIE CASSIDY: Brendan Nelson, of course, is keen on students singing the anthem and raising the flag. Do you have a passion in that area as well?
JULIE BISHOP: Well, every morning when I was at primary school we sang the national anthem and raised the school flag and it was something that I remember with some fondness. As I travel around Australia and visit schools the children seem to share that same pride in singing the anthem and putting up the flag. I think it's a wonderful thing.
BARRIE CASSIDY: I don't know if it's a daily thing, though. I think it's probably more common that it's done once a week in assembly.
JULIE BISHOP: Well, they certainly do it when I'm at their schools. Every time I visit a school we have a flag-raising ceremony and they sing the national anthem.Most of the members of this Government really do seem to believe that the world is what they can see from their window.
Infrequently asked questions
(The photo is from a R E Grant fan site. I've always been a fan, but not like The REGiment, whose fan art is everything you'd hope for.)