TV3's current affairs/magazine program Story tonight aired yet another piece about pedestrians walking around distracted by mobile phones. Leaving aside the fact that someone walking around in a furry suit is hardly a reason for attention in Wellington, once again, the focus was on the wrong side of the equation.
This is a post I've been meaning, wanting, to write for a long time. Years. I've often shied away from it because... well... I think it might be controversial. Maybe controversial is not the right word. Maybe I think people will think I'm nuts. Oh well, here goes...
Local journalist Heather du Plessis-Allan often writes thoughtful pieces in her New Zealand Herald column and sometimes, like me, she pokes at the fallacies of the topic, rather than coming down on one side or other of the debate. Today was such a day when she penned a piece about the recent TPPA protests in Auckland.
No matter what you think, no matter what you believe, no matter your intentions, there will always be someone who disagrees.
I've just had the privilege of another guest post on Subjective Sounds again today. Moving in a completely different direction from Rendez-vous, have a read about Art of Noise's debut album, Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?
Music was a significant topic on the old Jaded Kiwi site and as the blog content here is pretty light at the moment, I thought I'd include a quick pointer to my guest post over on Subjective Sounds.
I’ve often said (if not here, then in real life) that I tend to avoid hype. Mostly that applies to movies but in some measure also to music. The more ‘screamingly popular’ a musical artist is, the less likely I am to check out their work. This is as a result of becoming seriously jaded by “mainstream” music over a lot of years. I still rarely listen to the radio and when I do I am rarely impressed by what I hear.
So imagine my surprise when I began to seriously consider checking out the music of Taylor Swift. The first catalyst was when she appeared in a performance on Australia’s X Factor show final.
After yet another egregious use of the fictitious word “LEGOs” by a mainstream (American) publication, I sought evidence from the wide world of the Internet.
In New Zealand, any swimming pool must have a fence around it with fairly serious dimensions and locking mechanisms – all because a handful of people weren’t watching the kids in their care. Smacking a child is against the law, too, as a ‘protection’ against the ravages of child abuse. Those same children can’t fail at school either, where everyone succeeds and it is an offence to even touch a student. It’s a mad state of affairs which doesn’t look like turning around any time soon.