Welcome, people from the Big Finish LJ Community. My, there are a lot of you, aren’t there?
Warning – there’s an intemperate rant at the bottom of this page. I’m off work today with a bad stomach having eaten some dodgy fish, and I hate everybody.
Quick links for today:
Caleb looks at Paul Pope’s design notes for his take on Batman. Fascinating stuff.
A look at what the Large Hadron Collider will find. Hint – not a ginomous black hole that will kill us all. Probably.
Andrew Rilstone on the moment when he considers New Who finally ‘jumped the shark’. (I would put that moment some time in 2005 myself…)
Botswana Beast on multiplicity in recent-ish superhero comics – something I’m planning on looking at myself soonish.
David at Vibrational Match talks about the Grant Morrison comic The Filth.
And an example of bad wrongness – Carole Cadwalladr asks in the Observer “Are We All Tories Now?”
No, Carole, ‘we’ are not. Unless, of course, by ‘we’ you mean NuLabour London media types who destroyed the Labour party by turning it into a second party of Thatcherism, all the while conning themselves into believing they were still radical and left-wing because they had gay friends and ate this marvellous organic hummus, it’s so much better than shop-bought stuff don’t you think?
There is a difference between a set of political ideas and a quick set of ‘lifestyle’ totems by which you can identify the members of your tribe. Cameron, whether Cadwalladr approves or not (and I can’t even tell given the blandness of the writing) has co-opted all the signifiers by which NewLabourites distanced themselves from the Tories once they stopped having different ideas.
Well, Carole, some of us never gave a flying fuck if politicians ate muesli, or rode a bicycle, or read the Guardian – some of us actually make political decisions based on what policies are being advocated and how well we think they will work in practice. Some of us place more stock in ideas than in what supermarket someone shops in.
Cadwalladr describes this changed Tory aesthetic as “the most audacious ideological landgrab in recent political history”, which shows a complete misunderstanding of what the word ‘ideological’ actually means. But then again, she also, despite being paid to write by an actual national newspaper for which people pay actual money, one which can afford to pay actual editors, still manages to misuse the phrase ‘beg the question’. This makes her rather less qualified to write in the English language than a cartoon dinosaur whose hobby is stomping on things.
No, Carole, ‘we’ are not all Tories. You may be – it sounds like you always were without realising it (although Cadwalladr seems to be trying for ambiguity in this, the assumption throughout the piece is that the reader is someone who considers these lifestyle signifiers important in some way). I, on the other hand, am conservative in many ways, but I will never, ever be a Tory. And you can stick that in your tofu and eat it.