Archive for April, 2014

Merit? What’s that in 21C?
April 10, 2014

So a new directorial fuss generated entirely upon political grounds, whatever “Electronista staff” may claim.  Funny how one side of politics only cops this type of campaign, though Apple’s Al Gore should have.  But then it was Apple that may have inaugurated this new set of heavily political concerns.  

In recent years I have often wondered if the twenty-first century had any merit.  By and large it has not.  Truth is dead.  So merit too.  Scholarship has largely died; universities, like primary and secondary schools, have become agents of (typically lying) propaganda.  What trust may one reside in government?  And media?  ‘Nuff said.  Corporations are not much better although they have at least to abide by some degree of consumer and other law.  

It might be amusing if not so serious.  Condi Rice is said by “Electronista staff” to have had a master’s degree by the age of twenty.  Fine (though William Pitt the Younger went to Cambridge shortly after his fourteenth birthday).  Given that intellectuals place great store in irony (more or less synonymous with contempt) the “Electronista staff” might have recalled that Condoleezza Rice’s doctorate was supervised by Josef Korbel, father to one of her predecessors as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.  Rice’s career is quite marvellous, as interesting as is much of her background, not least some of her experiences as a child.  So here we are, yet another politically motivated campaign designed to denigrate persons of ability but the wrong politics.

It used to be said that the cream rises to the top; no more, politics will only have the scum.  The lie is all.

More politics where it’s not wanted . . . or so one should have thought
April 4, 2014

Donating $1,000 to a political campaign is now a cause for giving some one–the boss, no less–the sack.  Thus the fate of the CEO of Mozilla, because:

as Glenn Reynolds points out, he held the same view about gay marriage as Barack Obama in 2008 rather than the view Dick Cheney held in 2008

A company statement is, as Powerline suggests, straight from the pen of George Orwell when writing distopian fiction.

A few weeks ago it was the boss of Apple who said that a certain group of people could not hold or buy shares in his company.  That’s the same CEO whose remuneration this past year was $US73.9 million.  As at other times it remains very safe, even congenial, to be politically correct these days with little want of help from taxpayers–whether they like it or not.  I think often of Pastor Paul Schneider (1897-1939) when contemplating the present.  Who was he?  Look him up.  The parallels are not clear-cut but as Mark Twain remarked, history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.  And the rhythm here is becoming more clear with each day that passes.

 

Update:  Robert P. George at First Things takes up the story.

 

 

 

And the point is . . .
April 2, 2014

That is,the point of consecutive pieces of television advertising.  Normally I watch not television, but this morning for the first time in several months, I did see a little.  It was last few minutes of the first half and the first few minutes of the second half of the Champions League quarter-final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.  And Ronaldo’s goal was sublime.  But that’s not the point.

The point is the accompanying advertising prior to the chat show that for decades has punctuated SBS’s football offerings (the least viewer could write the script).  The first advertisement was for something called BET365, which concluded in small print ‘gamble responsibly’.  Next was Nike, offering an imperative in much larger font size: ‘Risk Everything’.  Hmmm.