Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Note to Self: Must Reread "Pretty Straight Guys"

I see the Kid's beaten me to the new Nick. But I'm not going to let that stop me having my own dig. I assume that this is an Evening Standard piece, though his blog has an Evening Standard category and this isn't in it. Could he be trying to do an Aaro and float ideas on the blog? But this is too polished (well, polished for Nick) for that.
Nick still does his non-sequiturs:

The iron law of the 21st century was that the more often public figures performed for the media the more the public resented them.
There’s a hypocrisy at work here as the media doesn’t apply the same sneering standards to themselves.

There's no hypocrisy at all in a journalist sneering at the media of course. But surely Anthony Sampson's observation says nothing about the media or media attitudes. The important point is in "performed for the media". Some politicians do, and some don't. In the 70s, Tony Benn was regarded sceptically by much of the Labour Party, precisely because he was so good at getting attention. Well that and other things. And the "media's sneering standards" (ooh was that a Freudain slip there?) existed long before Tony Blair entered politics and worked against those politicoes who didn't play to the media. Who remembers I don't think other people in the world would share the view [that] there is mounting chaos"?

When Jeremy Paxman behaves stupidly, the clip isn’t shown thousands of times. When politicians do the same, the incriminating footage follows them to their graves.

There are 645 MPs. At least 600 of them managed not to behave stupidly in the last Parliament: that or the papers ignored them when they did. (According to Nick, this second option is impossible,) There is only one Jeremy Paxman. What are the odds? And if Nick does have a Jeremy Paxman behaving stupidly story, perhaps he'd care to break the media's duck in this regard. Come on, come on. I haven't got all day, you know.

Politicians complain about the duplicity but plead that they have to play the game to reach the voters.

Not Comrade Galloway, if you bothered watching Big Brother, Nick. As he said to Michael Barrymore (back when they were friends), quoting Enoch Powell:

"For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea”

There is a sunburst of honesty -- of sorts:

After I’ve been on, I always find myself in front of the bathroom mirror the next morning narcissistically studying my dumpy profile as I mouth opinions on subjects I know absolutely nothing about.

How do you study your own profile? (Has Nick fallen into the classic thesaurus trap of looking up synonyms for "face" and unluckily picked the wrong one?)
I don't really have much to say about the rest of the articles. He's getting increasingly bothered by this Reptilian thing isn't he? Oh Evil BB what have you done? Hang on, wasn't he moaning about being on the media in his first essay and celebrating same in his second? I want, nay need, to know -- was he more popular than Cyber Chutney Arse Ducks?

Update 1:10 pm. I've found the website of the show which investigates UFOs. Apparently Alex Jones, who got named-checked in the post with the lizards and is best known for the "turd in a punchbowl" comment about David Icke to Jon Ronson is a guest in three weeks. Can't wait. Synchronicity or what? That's far out. Spoiler: Alex Jones believes there are no reptilians. Hmmph.

2 Comments:

Anonymous vain evil bruschettaboy said...

I am vainer than Nick and can thus pass on that if you have two mirrors at right angles to one another (like in some hotel bathrooms) you can check out your own profile.

Otoh, Paxman blubbed recently on that "Who's your Granny?" program and there was no shortage of mentions in the media of what a big jessie he was and how he'd lost his edge, so I don't think Nick is right on the facts of this one.

2/01/2006 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous bruschetta said...

I see that it's in the category "Events" which is presumably right next to "Evening Standard" so presumably someone's finger slipped.

2/01/2006 09:49:00 PM  

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