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Grumpy Old Will Self:
No wonder sports fans are so often pissed off: they’re the victims of a massive con.
Confession: as a smug conceited bastard myself, I am inclined to agree with Self - up to a point. I mean, I like cricket. In case you hadn't noticed. And I hate crowds and prefer sport on the telly.
Posted by Tony Tea on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Permalink
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A petty article by a bourgeois dilettante. Will Self has slipped since I read him last. TV reviewing is the lowest form of journalism.
"Late capitalism", what a load of sneering, patronising tosh. Self is a prime example of late journalism. Once the business model that subsidises his wages is finally consigned to the dustbin of post-millennial capitalism, no one will pay to read him.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 04:29 PM
..... I do like the term "big ping pong", though.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Funny thing. I have always called it "table tennis" and used to think "ping pong" was another game. A bit like the snooker/billiards/pool variations.
Tony Tea |
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
'... I hate crowds and prefer sport on the telly.'
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 08:02 PM
When people watch the tennis, their 'eyes sliding back and forth' in 'disturbing unanimity', it's not because the eyes are 'like those of automata', it's because they're all watching the same ball.
Not to over-egg the pudding, but Western civilisation is in the hole it's in precisely because of people like Will Self.
Bloviating Pommy cunt |
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM
'...Western civilisation is in the hole it's in precisely because of people like Will Self.'
Self is Jewish?
There you go.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM
I thought he was CofE/atheist (as if there's any difference), but anyway was thinking more of his tendency to ignore the obvious in favour of the esoteric. He stands on the shoulders of giants and yet sees no further than the end of his own nose.
Bloviating Pommy cunt |
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Or the inside of his own bowels. He should stick to writing about commuter cycling.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 06:57 AM
"Murray is a personification of the most physical possible impact between the anomie of the individual and the madness of the crowd; he is thus a hero twice over."
Christ, that article was hard work. Over half the sentences I had to re-read, left me with the same feeling I'd get debugging an Excel formula.
He obviously hates the late-capitalist era way of packaging sportspeople and sports events. Yet he also didn't seem to have too much time for sport in 1970. So what era of sport *did* he approve of? One he wasn't alive to witness first hand?
"I suspect that lurking behind this is a deeper level of crowd consciousness...."
The hell? Didn't he say sports crowds were one of the dumbest, most terrifying things imaginable? What's with this deeper level of consciousness, then? Or is that sentence saying the Prime Minister had a deep level of understanding of crowd consciousness by suggesting the Knighthood?
Not even debating any of the points I *think* he's trying to make – that was just a woefully written article. All over the shop AND full of uni Arts department Jabberwocky, like it was ghost written by a Wimmin's Studies professor or something.
Big Ramifications |
Friday, August 02, 2013 at 01:10 AM
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