Austraya – It’s the going rate, mate, woof
This one is doing the rounds of the anti-social mejia. What most folks who are posting it – and just tremendously dacking on it from a huge height – miss about the most spectacularly ill-prepared political candidate, probably of all time, is that the level of knowledge and research she puts in to her thoughtful replies are entirely reflective of the standard of public debate – and much of the analysis – in this country. If it’s not quite all at that level yet, that’s definitely where it’s heading.
Half the people posting this and giving it the horse-laugh probably routinely post opinions on topics they haven’t thought through and certainly haven’t researched, either adequately or at all. Most of what appears in the media as analysis is a case of someone having made up their mind first, then trying to fabricate a quick icing of “reasons” to go atop the completely illusory cake. Much like the young lady in the interview, who appears to have put more thought into which eye she’d keep her hair flopped over than she has into anything she might say.
Remember the national mantra – everybody has a right to their own opinion.
What people chronically use that to mean in ‘Straya is that their opinion is as good as yours, the next person’s or any expert’s. And in a Beer Garden, it is. In any public forum of debate or analysis, where depth of knowledge or analysis is an issue it isn’t. Beer gas is just beer gas there, and not as good as thinking.
But that’s just the current state of play, and then nominally. If you listen, read or look around, you’ll see we get closer to the perfect Beer Garden Democracy all the time.
But by all means, when the link gets you there, click on the video thingie and watch the interview. It is hilarious. The bit later on – after she’s crashed and burned so many times and so comprehensively – when she says life is all about learning new things, (not realising that she’s apparently developed a complete immunity) well the folks who make the Chris Guest/Eugene Levy comedy pictures could never have bettered that.
Just bear in mind that this is where the standard is heading. They’re all moving closer to this. We’re all moving closer to this. And sooner or later, the media getting dumber and dumber, nobody will be able to tell the difference.