Posts from 13th January 2006

Jan 06

a loveable purulence of anti-icons

The Brown WedgePost a comment • 992 views

apawboy has been ventin his ire recently at the collapse into total useless blah of the words “icon” and “iconic” (see all over his blog for absurd examples): while time-killin in soho on tue afternoon, i gazed for a while into forbidden planet’s window, replete as ever with the full animist panoply of the objects we would do well to reverence

= in this instance, TWO crappy displays of weta collectibles (<--ugliest website ever!) dedicated to NARNIA and KING KONG respectively; the usual in-depth array of tim burton-related mini-godlings (inventing nu-pantheons = his tru-gift) and OH TREMENDOUS DAY a figure labelled "chestburster plush replica" viz a SOFT CUDDLY TOY of ALIEN in the lifestage where it explodes out of john hurt's thorax

i cherish this (and similar) as the jealous nerd-underground counter to the process ian deplores

My Reactions In Order To A Story About Murray Lachlan Young On BBC News

The Brown Wedge1 comment • 614 views

OMG it’s Murray Lachlan Young
– how the FUCK has he got a full-length story on BBC News?
– WTF he is married to ZOE???
– “Tea With The Taleban”, yes that sounds like him all right
– god, weren’t the 90s horrible.

BBC Talking Point

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BBC Talking Point, long your #1 destination for knee-jerking and button-pushing, has recently redesigned and now has a ‘recommendations’ system on replies, whereby you can click on “most recommended” and see the viewer comment that most people have agreed with. This is – as you might expect – generally the most bilious contributor with the greatest mastery of tabloidese. Here for example a fairly innocent question about ‘icons of Britain’ gets predictable treatment: “The ultimate ‘real’ icon at the moment is ‘the chav’ – a real unifier – universally despised and feared by the decent, powerless and silent tax paying majority of all races and creeds.”. Scroll down for more of the same, should you wish.

BBC TP makes for miserable reading whenever it touches on a serious topic, and sadly the days when the rabies was leavened by non-political questions seem to be fading. The new system is also interesting in that it destroys any pretence that Talking Point is a conversation, rather than a park full of soapboxes screaming blindly into the digital fog.

Small Helmet

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Fawlty England fans risk jail – on the front page of Ananova this story was trailed as “England football fans could be jailed if they do the Basil Fawlty goosestep during the World Cup Finals in Germany” – erm, yes, B.F. not actually it’s most famous user. England fans of course have a bad rep for this sort of ‘satirical’ nonsense, though it’s hardly confined to the UK. Expect much more of this kind of story over the coming months, though interestingly this is one bit of Euro-etiquette that rarely brings the PCGM foamers out.