Category: Tractatus

Doing some self regulation on rudeness -Now there’s an idea!

Media commentators may consider the meaning of the things said in the context and cotext (prevailing discourse at the time), and just like when we decide “is this or that post suitable material for readers and viewers at work?”.

We should be able to decide whether when a journalist from a (reputable) newspaper calls people morons for being left of centre, that maybe that is rude or not neutral; and so to admit to it and issue a tag at the authoring or editing phase.

This way, people who do not want the aggression of those ‘playing the man not the ball’ can avoid the uglier side of newspaper-pundits, politics and pap.

Logically extensible, should we not also- like the censors, earmark a film that contains, say, “strong language” or “mature concepts” – and have journos rate their own work? We could let the viewers or listeners decide whether they are going to read it at all, and if so how close? ie. is the rating is close to the mutually agreed meaning.

Opinionists, Politicos and Journos everywhere should self regulate along the lines of these earmarks with meaningful titles such as “contains personal name calling”, or say, like this paragraph you are reading of mine, “50% opinion”, ie. unsupported by references which the reader can link to, to check the validity or selectivity of the reference used. After all the ‘worm’ during debates, the Facebook ‘thumb’, and ‘+1s’ of Google have been thoroughly absorbed into the linguistic framework of assessment and criticism of those seeking feedback.

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Self regulating rudeness

Doing some self regulation on rudeness media commentators may consider the meaning of the things said in the context and cotext (prevailing discourse at the time), and just like when we decide “is this or that post suitable material for readers and viewers at work?”; we should be able to decide whether when a journalist from a (reputable) newspaper calls people morons for being left of centre, that maybe that is rude or neutral; and so to admit to it and issue a tag at the authoring or editing phase.

This way people that do not want the aggression of those ‘playing the man not the ball’ can avoid the uglier side of paper-pundits, politics and pap.

Logical extensible, should we not also- like the censors, earmark a film that contains, say, “strong language” or “mature concepts” – and have journos rate their own work, and let the viewers or listeners decide whether they are going to read it at all, and if so how close? ie. is the rating is close to the mutually agreed meaning.

Politicos and Journos everywhere should self regulate along the lines of these earmarks with meaningful titles such as “contains personal name calling”, or say, like this paragraph you are reading, “50% opinion”, ie. unsupported by references which the reader can link to, to check the validity or selectivity of the reference used. After all the ‘worm’ during debates, the Facebook ‘thumb’, and ‘+1s’ of Google have been thoroughly absorbed into the linguistic framework of assessment and criticism of those seeking feedback.

Sloughing off

The snake regularly sloughs off its old scales and skin. A snake that has taken damage from other animals will have to do this sooner than a regular slough. Part of the recuperation process then is the buffing up of the outer defenses and friction surfaces.

The Labor Party has sloughed off as a snake does when damaged by an opponent. It has emerged from the process with a new motif to its appearance and it hopes, experience informed by wisdom to inform its actions.

Commentary: The ETS, key to the Government’s election response was portrayed in a negative light by Labor’s opponents when it suited. Returning empty handed from Copenhagen, PM Rudd tried to disempower the emerging denial-based alternative government, but succeeded in pissing just about everybody off. God help you when the press gallery are all singing from the same sheet.

Tractatus

Knock yourself out Tony Abbott. You had your 12 years in government.

As a friend of mine from Buffalo NY is fond of saying, ‘it’s time to shit – or get off the pot’.

Commentary: Grotesque imagery, I know, but the thought that Mr Abbott’s view of opposition is based on Jungian projection on a grand scale shows that he envies the progress that Labor have made. I mean by this that he is projecting onto (and accusing) Prime Minister Rudd, of those things which he fears most of being accused himself. That he has no ideas, no policy, no friends, no support.