Thursday, 29 October 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson

It does no good to say what the Bible “really” meant, if its actual influence on human behaviour is something else. 

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

At the door.

A Christian once came to my door,

He told me all about the stuff his church had on that week,

I listened for once, I normally just tell to them to get fucked.

He invited me to go to something that Friday that didn't sound too shit.

On Friday I drove out to the house hosting the gathering.

As I was going in I saw the same guy, who had come to my door, pull up in his car.

"Hi." I said, happy to have someone to walk in with.

"Hi..." He said with a look that screamed "who the fuck are you and why are you talking to me"

I made a comment about the weather and followed him into the house.

I sat through the gathering in silence.

I think two people spoke to me.

"Hi, how are you?"

They didn't seem to listen to my answer.

I left at the end and that was it.

Never heard from them again and never went back.

Christians still come to my door sometimes.

I just tell them to get fucked.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Tony Abbot doesn't understand the present or the past.

Tony Abbot has today shrugged off any criticism delivered online as “electronic graffiti”.

"I think that in the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media. You wouldn't report what's sprayed up up on the walls of buildings and look, as I said, social media has its place, but it's anonymous.
"It's often very abusive and in a sense, it has about as much authority and credibility as graffiti that happens to be put forward by means of IT."

Abbot’s words not only show that he is out of touch with the technology in question and the evolving nature of communication but also shows he is ignorant of History.

One of the few sources of information we have on the political life of ancient Rome is in fact political graffiti. The term, graffiti, originally referred to inscriptions and drawings found on the walls of ancient ruins. Ancient graffiti included words of love, hate, hope and political rhetoric much like today's popular messages of social and political ideals. One aspect of these inscriptions is that they often provide us insights into the mind of the “ordinary people” and others overlooked by the official records of the time.

I can understand Abbot wanting a version of History that only includes official ideas, but I suspect his position on this is more one of ignorance.

If online opinion is in fact just “electronic graffiti” then it is graffiti in the best tradition of the medium and to future historians may prove to be the best source of information on the views of the Un-Knighted masses ignored by the gate keepers of official history.