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Brooker is on fine form today: http://tinyurl.com/at9ekg
and Brooker's Screen Wipe is also amazing.
So there DenimDemon
That's one of the wisest things I've ever heard on the DiS forums.
GOOD POINT WELL MADE.
There are two types of cynicism: that born out of knowledge and that born out of ignorance. This column reeks of the latter.
I think he's got a very valid point. There's no debate the difference between that public opinion and goverment opinion has grown since the whole Iraq debarcle. Not releasing the cabinet notes on sure a sensitive issue is ludicrous and deserving mocking.
but it's a dodgy shift when he gets quite serious about politics but obviously without being able to go into great depth....it's easy to get outraged about the straw thing..it's an obvious one and it's the sort of politics-lite sentiment that he lampoons banksy for....
between diet politics and having the occasional burst of frustration about the wider view of things. It's an obvious (and perennial) issue, but one that I think is worthy of a bit of teeth gnashing at the moment.
i think you're my favourite.
it just about works as pure wide-eyed frustration.....but could easily be sneered at by someone like him....'politicians are shit yeah?...it's like police state...1984 style shit yeah...self-serving arrogance yeah?'
I think if you get into second guessing yourself that way then you're going end up going a bit mad, though. I'd not have wanted him to sack off putting those feelings into words for fear of being obvious; that's the kind of thinking that turns the absurd into the acceptable, isn't it?
I may not be making sense here. Dukebox, you have let the cat out of the bag now, everything is going to change for you
it's the cynics dilemma
Now for my tangent: He is sort of the journalistic equivalent of one of those bands that always sounds the same but in a good way. He's like the Mid-90s Nick Cave of the Guardian.
reminds me of Judge Dredd's closing monologue at the the end of the first America story.
someone link the screen burn one about gladiators - that was the funniest thing i've ever read in my life.
it was the week after that, when people sent in their own gladiator names
this is, of course, assuming his facts are correct. a worrying amount of evidence he uses comes without speech marks, i.e. he's paraphrased to make it sound worse. i have a habit of doing this - making bits of stories up to make myself more angry/happy/sad/excited. fairly harmless when it's pinging around in my head, but not so when it's published by a national daily.
still, he got a titter or two out of me.