Posts from 14th April 2010

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Nick Clegg Rages Impotently From Within The Machine

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That is the hidden truth that this Facebook group is trying to dodge. Instead they want you to make a link between Rage Against The Machine and Liberal Democrats. And I cannot help but think this is both the most brilliant piece of Lib Dem campaigning I have seen yet, and the most terrible. The parallel between voting Lib Dem and buying that Rage Against The Machine record are not as wild as one might think. Even on a glib level there is a sheer parallel between trying to topple the done deal of X Factor Christmas number ones and the done deal of a Labour/Tory victory. OK, we aren’t going to see Nick Clegg saying fuck five time on Radio 5 Live, but if Nicky Campbell can reveal his own true name on the radio anything can happen.

If anything characterised the Rage Against The Machine campaign it was its genuine goodnaturedness from the central organisers. Sure it attracted a lot of anti-pop rhetoric and personal insults slung at Simon Cowell, who was big enough and high waisted enough to take them. But there was a central charity motive, the dudes in charge were sheepishly enthused and there was a sense of testing the people power aspects of trying out this social networking thing. But also at the heart of the matter IT DIDN’T MATTER. Sure to a few people, ITV and whatever his name was wot won it might have been a bit annoying, but the nation was just titillated by an interesting news story. On the Facebook page there is a stab at emulating this good natured bonhomie, but also a sense that the whole thing underestimates the very importance of an election.

“Also, the group wasn’t set up by lib dems, it was set up by Ben Stockman. He sent Jon Morter (creator of the RATM group) an email asking if he would mention the group. Jon Morter liked the idea… and that’s how it took off!! “

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Pop World Cup 2010: Group G – Portugal 2 Brazil 1

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Portugal and Brazil share a language and a complex colonial and post-colonial history. Today, however, they share a pop-football pitch, and both sides are still hoping to qualify  for the next round. Job de Wit’s Portugal need a win to be sure to progress (though a draw might do); Brazil and Chris A need a win, PLUS the other result in the group going their way. Everything is still to play for here.

This match closes at midnight on Tuesday 20th April

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Pop World Cup 2010: Group G – Korea DPR 1 Cote D’Ivoire 1

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We return now to Group G, where nothing is decided. Anyone could go through, anyone could go out. Cote d’Ivoire, managed by Wichita Lineman, have been muscular and impressive so far, while Mark S’s Korea DPR seem to approach us from a different pop reality entirely. We’ve been waiting for this match – will it live up to expectations?

This match closes at midnight on Tuesday 20th April

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