Tired and Emotional

It can only get worse

Category: The Media


The Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition’s (1989) first definitions for twitter as a noun or verb are:

  • Noun: A condition of twittering or tremulous excitement (from eager desire, fear, etc.); a state of agitation; a flutter, a tremble. Now chiefly dialect.
  • Verb: Of a bird: To utter a succession of light tremulous notes; to chirp continuously with a tremulous effect.

Although I’m sure the social networking and micro-blogging website Twitter will soon come to supplant these avian-linked definitions.

What is it about Twitter that I despise? I think it’s the sheer banality of the vast majority of its output — who cares what someone else is doing ‘right now’. I don’t and anyone with a modicum of sense wouldn’t either.

If you are one of the faceless majority, neither rich or famous, then I hate to break it to you but you really don’t matter that much. If you are rich or famous then the less publicity for you the better.

The best thing to do is avoid it — and Facebook — like the plague. I have and feel so much better for it: I know my true worth.


The BBC And Israel

The current conflict between Hezbollah and Israel in South Lebanon is best summed up by the Pedant General in Ordinary at Infinitives Unsplit:

War is shit. People get killed. Stuff gets destroyed. That’s the deal. The question is how to stop it and to do that we have to look at what each side wants. Broadly Israel wants to exist within internationally agreed borders – it spends a great deal of time saying so. By contrast, Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran are quite clear that they want to wipe Israel off the map…

If only the BBC was so forthright and accurate. The last few weeks have been a goldmine for BBC News, allowing comprehensive coverage of the decades-long war between the State of Israel and its Muslim neighbours in the BBC’s bien pensant style. The current proxy war between Israel and Iran/Syria — as manifested in South Lebanon — is between a legitimate and democratic state and Muslim, totalitarian regimes.

From its coverage, one can assume the BBC is hoping that Israel will lose the current conflict aided by its reporting pushing the spurious editorial line that Israel is committing war crimes, something even Mrs Grumpydoc has noticed. The reality is somewhat different as the Pedant General in one of his latest posts, The world’s a sea of “shit”, admirably explains.