Brief Note About Blog-related Stuff

There were no Peculiar Branch or Cerebus posts this week because I spent all of Thursday (from early Thursday morning til 3AM on Friday) on the council election — first campaigning and then at the count. The way the campaign went, incidentally, confirmed a lot of things I’ve been thinking for a number of years about the way our campaigns need to change, who our vote actually is, and so on. I shall probably blog about that at some point, but I want to talk to the agent on the campaign first — partly because I don’t want to seem like I’m taking credit for some of his ideas, and partly because I don’t want to give Labour two years’ advance notice of any tactics we use.

So I got an early night on Wednesday rather than do a Peculiar Branch post, and the subject for the Cerebus post (High Society, which is all about electioneering) was a bit too tender for me to write about yesterday. Those posts will be up on Monday and Tuesday instead. I will, though, be posting a Doctor Who post to Mindless Ones tonight and a Kinks post tomorrow.

(Incidentally, the Kinks album I’m posting about tomorrow is one that has had accusations of racism, anti-semitism and transmisogyny levelled against it. I think that while it’s problematic, it falls on the right side of those lines. I say this now in the hope that I will pre-empt both the kind of massive comments argument that my aside in a previous post caused, and also any accusations of overlooking those problematic aspects. I’m in a weird position when it comes to things like offence, because I don’t understand it — I actually don’t think I’ve ever taken offence in my life — but I know it upsets other people. So I know the *shape* of offensiveness, but never know if it’s actually there. Thus half the time I use language that sounds like a bad right-wing parody of the worst perceived excesses of political correctness, in order to avoid causing offence inadvertantly, and the other half I sound like some crazed offspring of Jeremy Clarkson and Bernard Manning, but without their tact and sensitivity.)

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10 Responses to Brief Note About Blog-related Stuff

  1. Tony Harms says:

    Hi Andrew
    I seem to be getting your Sci-ence Justice-leak blog sent to me. Do I also get your “Cerebus” posts about electioneering? I’d be interested in seeing them. Dont get your fur wet! Best wishes.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Hi,
      If you’re subscribed to this blog you should get everything I write except my posts on mindlessones.com (where I mostly write about Doctor Who at the moment) – and you’ll get notifications of those. At the moment that means you will see more-or-less regular posts about the Kinks and Cerebus, serialised chapters of the comic fantasy novel I’m writing, the occasional update post like this one, and at irregular intervals either link posts, political ranting from a Liberal Democrat perspective, or short science fiction stories I write.

  2. S. Barrios says:

    “(Incidentally, the Kinks album I’m posting about tomorrow is one that has had accusations of racism, anti-semitism and transmisogyny levelled against it.”

    really?? in any case .. a great minor album that stands with the best great minor albums.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Yep — specifically because of the “comedy” Jewish voice on one song, the pseudo-Carribean vocals and “I’m a voodoo man/I’m an apeman” on Apeman, and the fetishising of a trans woman in Lola. I thnk the first two claims are, if not meritless, certainly not clearcut. As for Lola, I’ve got quite a good quote from a trans friend on that that I’ll be using to show why I still think the song is worthwhile.

  3. rankersbo says:

    Another bit on that aside:

    Thus half the time I use language that sounds like a bad right-wing parody of the worst perceived excesses of political correctness, in order to avoid causing offence inadvertantly, and the other half I sound like some crazed offspring of Jeremy Clarkson and Bernard Manning, but without their tact and sensitivity.,/blocquote>

    Er seriously? Even as a comic exaggeration I’d disagree.

  4. rankersbo says:

    Another bit on that aside:

    ,blockquote>Thus half the time I use language that sounds like a bad right-wing parody of the worst perceived excesses of political correctness, in order to avoid causing offence inadvertantly, and the other half I sound like some crazed offspring of Jeremy Clarkson and Bernard Manning, but without their tact and sensitivity.

    Er seriously? Even as a comic exaggeration I’d disagree. There’s more to insensitivity than simply not getting the subtleties of offence.

  5. I see feeling offended as a privilege reserved for in-groups. For example, Daily Mail readers seem to feel offended by immigration and gay marriage. Members of oppressed groups don’t just feel offended: they’re threatened, attacked, discriminated against and denied opportunities. If racism was only some people feeling hatred and some other people feeling offended then it would be much less of a problem than it actually is. Bad words have bad effects by reinforcing the systems of power and ideology that cause oppression, but that’s a harder concept to grasp than the idea of a person feeling upset. I’d say that privileging thoughts, feelings, motives and intentions sends us up a blind alley that stops us from dealing with oppression effectively.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Makes sense.

    • lucidfrenzy says:

      When people start speaking as though society is based around some spurious non-existant equality, I like to point out that cops don’t often stop me in the street and ask “where are you going, middle-class white guy?”

      • Andrew Hickey says:

        Quite. I’d wager you’ve also never been shot dead for looking a bit brown on a tube train or buying a bag of sweets, either (to hark back to a conversation from last week). I *do* sometimes get stopped (though not very often) but that’s because my appearance, from a distance, makes everyone assume I am either a fundamentalist Muslim or Orthodox Jew (gigantic black curly beard — this happened more a few years ago when I used to dress quite formally. Then all my formal shirts got lost when an airline lost my luggage, and now I wear T-shirts with band names or cartoon characters on and don’t get stopped as much), and my body language is strange because I’m mildly Asperger’s.
        I don’t pretend that that gives me an idea what it’s like to live with real prejudice, but it *does* show me that it definitely still exists.

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