Yesterday on the phone, I was trying to describe why I couldn’t clean the stachybotris funghi from the wall in my previous room (that I just moved out of). The room was poorly ventilated and damp and when I pulled out a chest of drawers to hoover the place I noticed the black mould had crept in and permeated the wallpaper. It was suggested that I just scrub it off, but it had soaked right through. If I wanted it to appear as if nothing was wrong, I would (as my landlord had done on the opposite wall) need to paper over it. My counterpart still didn’t get it, so I explained that it was kind of like when you spill curry sauce on the front page of the Daily Mail, and how it soaks through. No matter how much you try and wipe it off with a KFC Freshen Up wipe, it’ll never be the same again. And then, with my mind wandering as it does, I added “that’s also how I invade your culture.” “What?” he said, “by dropping curry on the Daily Mail?” “Yep, pretty much.”
Is that vandalism? Is the Daily Mail even representative of British culture? What the hell is British culture? Did people moan about the thin edge of the wedge when Coco Chanel’s designs were first introduced to the UK? Or perhaps when we started drinking tea?
When The Daily Mail complains about multiculturalism, what exactly are they moaning about? When they call the harbingers of equal rights “Nazis”, what is actually going through their heads? We studied WW2 in school, and the Nazis seemed like a really bad bunch. They organised death camps, could put you up against a wall and shoot you in the back of the head for conflicting with their view of the world, but credit to them, their trains ran on time. It seems like modern Britain is the exact opposite of Germany circa 1939. If anything, surely the right wing media / organizations are the ones with the distinctly Hitlerian agenda by persistently fostering an attitude of distrust towards ethnic minorities a bit like, you know, those pesky Nazis did to creep anti-Semitism into mainstream consciousness? Is Rupert Murdoch the new Hitler?
Apparently, he’s gonna start charging us to see his wank online. Not literally, you filthy buggers. You’ll have to pay for the privilege of reading the Daily Mail and the Sun. In some ways, it’s great because the venture will probably fail. Nobody will want to pay for something that they would otherwise get for free. It could drive print sales up, but I doubt it somehow. It’s strange that as excellent a businessman I’m sure he is, he would choose to shoot himself in the foot like this. Maybe there’s something else going on. Perhaps he’s got a hidden trick up his sleeve to wow us and make us part with our hard earned moneys. When I say “it’s great” I only mean that I’m sick of the racism, sexism, fearmongering and general lack of wit or intelligent discussion that goes on the DM (other than perhaps a small minority of intelligent commenters).
The excellent Left Outside is currently blogging the anticipation of starting a Masters in Economics. There’s a link below, add them to your RSS, you won’t regret it! They say:
1. Resources are scarce.
2. The real cost of something is what you give up to get it. 3. “How much” is a decision at the margin.
4. People usually exploit opportunities to make themselves better off.
*Hat tip: http://leftoutside.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/learning-economics-with-paul-krugman/ <– follow this blog
At the moment, I read the Daily Mail to pass the time, to laugh at how my peoples (the darkies, the liberal lefty loons, the elf’n’safety nutjobs etc) are winning a battle we’re not even trying hard at. Mostly this is during work hours as I would never pay for the honour of reading such entertaining guff. If I want actual news, I read anything but the Daily Mail. For people of a stronger disposition, but with a similar attitude to passing the time, paying for shit that was once free might just be a bit too much. You’re already giving up your attention and your time to have adverts flashed at you. Surely the easiest option is to look elsewhere for your daily news?
What free online publication will replace The Daily Mail?