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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 26, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.

Going to focus on a cultural rather than political or economic story today. Some belated reflections on the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Ian O’Doherty. He does a decent job of discussing the show, compares Buffy to Hannah from Girls, then offers this

We now live in a febrile, hair-trigger atmosphere which has fostered the tyranny of the professionally weak; where you’re now nobody until you have secured some special victim status.

There follows an attack on “Generation Snowflake”. The language of the so-called alt-right continues to be embraced wholeheartedly by the Sindo, and its creeping into discussions of tv etc shows just how insidious it is, but also how keen the right in Ireland is to ape the trends that took Trump and others to such dizzying heights of success.

Just to ram home the point, here’s the same author discussing the London attack

Inevitably, the blame game immediately kicked into gear. Who was at fault?

Well, one person said that Nigel Farage had blood on his hands. Others were quick to blame Trump because… well, it’s Trump. Let’s face it, if it’s raining outside, someone will find a way to blame Trump.

This is part of what I see as cultural self-harm: a self destructive urge to avoid the screamingly obvious while focussing on ephemera and desperately performing mental gymnastics in a futile attempt to avoid the exploding elephant in the corner – radical Muslims. Radical Muslims who hate the country that pays their benefits.

But the tide is turning. People are no longer interested in the establishment and media’s desire to avoid ‘inflaming’ tensions.

Cultural self-harm. People don’t want to avoid inflaming tensions, unlike the establishment. Good job none of this suggests resonances with the white genocide conspiracy theory about immigration and cultural diversity.

Finally, not a stupid statement, but an acknowledgement of the skill of the headline writer who knows exactly what the audience wants. A piece about the threat to rural Ireland represented by the problems with Bus Éireann that mentions the strike once, and focuses more on the cuts the company wants to make to a service due to close in April. Strike Takes Out a Vital Rural Lifeline


1. Aengus Millen - March 26, 2017

Ruth Dudley Edward’s article on Sinn fein being badly damaged by the loss Mcguiness looks like the typical sinner bashing but I don’t have the energy to read it this morning.

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makedoanmend - March 26, 2017

Wasn’t there an election in the North somewhat recently in which McGuiness didn’t stand? 😉

How did that go for SF?

Apparently the Dud doesn’t read or watch the news.

Probabably afraid she’ll come across her own drivel. 😦



Ed - March 27, 2017

A year ago she would have been writing that SF will never get anywhere until the dead hand of Adams and McGuinness is lifted. What a windbag.


2. roddy - March 26, 2017

I recall an amusing episode over a decade ago when RDE phoned the local SF office to pose a number of “pertinent” questions for Martin who was MP for Mid Ulster at the time.She reeled them off in her obnoxious plummy accent but was thwarted when the caretaker responded in his totally indecipherable South Derry accent.She had to beat a tactical retreat after much “sorry I did’nt quite get that” interjections!

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