|THE PILL BOX|
A CATALOG OF CULTURE & BARBARITY
i think one of my main "tools of critical suspicion" (read: pitifully obvious get-out clause) kicks in whenever the distinction arises between matters "trivial" and "serious" -- i was once on a panel, as a last-minute dep for j.savage, to talk about some aspect of pop, and one of the other panellists decided to switch HIS topic of discussion from "nortions of surveillance in pop culture" (or something like that) to "how Gulf War 1 was caused by videogames" -- ie from cultural kipple, as aguirre called it, to REAL ACTUAL GROWN-UP PROTEST and WORRY (GW1 was just then raging)
this left me a bit stranded, and also -- i found out after -- nettled many members of the audience, who'd paid (a lot -- it was at the ICA) to see what he'd first promised, not what he last-minute switched it to
anyway i didn't have much option, so i talked -- not from notes -- about how much more important pop is in a world full of so-called grown-up politics
i think this guy's instinct was understandable, but i still think he was also being an engagé one-upmanship d!ck
BTW: i actually comment on the unworkability of 'trivia' v Serious in Comment box below [the Nick Drake/bad Girls one]. NB, this is getng a bit 2 Foster Wallace, isnt it? Comments within comments about comments...?
haha well my hem hem "anti-foster wallace critical tool" = never reading what anyone else has said till after i've posted!
Terrorism my arse. Who are the actual aggressors here? The Lebanese government has admitted it's powerless to deal with Hezbollah (ie Iran by proxy) so it's down to Israel to sort them out, now they've gone on the offensive. What's the alternative? Surrender?
And more to the point, what do Hamas and Hezbollah actually want? (Silly question - the inner logic is obvious....) Israel isn't going anywhere and there will never be any lasting peace until the Arab world recognises this and outgrows its psychopathic fantasies.
Do us all a favour and channel Julie Burchill on this one - she would cut through all the default "enlightened" drivel with GUSTO.
PS That last sentence sounds as if I was personalising things more than I meant to - I was actually alluding more to Guardian/C4 News pieties...
Who's the psychopath here?
The Jewish writer Michel Warschawski has analysed how the atrocities of Israeli occupation—from the sack of Ramallah to the massacre in Jenin, the razing of houses and refugee camps, shooting at ambulances and hospitals, the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields— brutlaises Israelis themselves, and how each new ratcheting up of violence and subjugation pushes back the boundaries of what was previously thinkable... I mean, just reverse the picture: if Israel had "legitamately" (as is alays said) "captured" two "prisonrs of war) (I.e. two grown adult men, wearing the military unifrom of the 'other side', taken as prisoners of war), and then the Hamas/Hezbollah "response" had been the ad hoc murder of more than 200 civilians (a lot of them children) - you can just imagine how a lot of the media and the politial Establishment would play that one out cannt you... Sometimes the disjunction between what one sees Israel doing with one's own eyes, and how it is reported or referred to, beggars belief. Taking two adult soldiers hostage in order to bargain for the release of other (political) prisoners - as against the concerted and deliberate bombing of innocents. Which sounds more like terrorism? And God forbid I should channel JB on this - I love her like a sister, and all, but on anything Arab/Israel she has an appalling record of flat out quasi-racist drivel, which at times has been VERY hard to see past.
Fuck Julie Burchill! Overrated rent-a-mouth who's done more to turn 'feminism' into a joke than Wolf and Dworkin combined. A mean-spiriterd bigot who flaunts her working class roots like a get-out-of-jail-free card (like that other pub landlord Tony Parsons), while writing drivel for any number of right-wing rags 'saying the unsayable'.Post a Comment
Enough kipple. Now I'm getting angry. Whoever the 'anonymous' is on the comments post should realise his racial/ cultural distinctions between 'terrorism' and 'defence' i.e. if poor people do it, it's 'terrorism'; but if governments do it, it's 'defence'. Israel has a military ambition hugely disproportionate to its size and economy. It is basically a colony for US interests. So much for 'Israeli identity' (which seems to mean 'Jewish with added military spending'!). THE ONLY NUCLEAR POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS ISRAEL, but somehow we're supposed to see them as 'vulnerable'?
Anyone see Niall Griffiths last night? Leaving aside his dodgy interpretation of history as a race war (with Western empires easing 'ethnic resentments' - yeah right). His notion of 'war by proxy' was spot on. The Israelis have been conducting it for the US since WW2. The result? Seemingly permanent instability in the region, growing nuclear tension and a worldwide resurgence of anti-semitism. The vitual aphartheid Israel practices keeps wages low and military needs high. Like the cud-chewing Afrikaaners who clung to their pathetic notions of 'identity' and 'self-defence' while being used and largely fucked-over by corporate interests (the only reason Mandela was let out was because he promised to preserve those interests: 'reform not revolution'- but hey, he got to meet the Spice girls, whatta guy!). The international impotence towards Israel is a fear of the US. That's why both 'nations' get to bomb with impunity while other nations get threatened for even thinking about nuclear technology. AGUIRRE ANON