Thursday, September 07, 2006

It's all here in blackwhite.

In George Orwell's novel 1984 computers are used by governments to enslave humanity, it is an awesome read with some very cool concepts one of which is Newspeak. My al time favourite term and one very relevant to this day and age and in particular this post is Blackwhite.

Blackwhite- The ability to accept whatever "truth" the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be. Orwell described it as "...loyal willingness to say black is white when party discipline demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white, and forget that one has ever believed the contrary." George Orwell 1984 Principles of newspeak.

We are currently facing a media frenzy in Australia over the death of Steve "crocodile hunter" Irwin who lost his life perusing footage of a sting ray in Australia's North. Just over one year ago it was known that Steve Irwin was a buffoon, an international laughing stock and irresponsible father, See HWT February 24, 2005** . Prior to the death of Steve we knew and had photos to prove he would recklessly dangle infants in front of crocs, who continuously provoked animals without reason, We had footage of him making a fool of not only himself, but of Australians on the world stage, His feature movie.. *shudders*

The last few days we have been shown a new "truth" A gentle man, who loves his children, a fantastic father, a family man, a conservationist, who would never provoke an animal, a simple bloke, modest to the end, all of the large billboards with his photo on them had been airbrushed out, to show that humble side of the man. A man so noble he refused a state funeral from the grave.

In one story we see a man looking deranged and dangling a helpless infant into the jaws of a crocodile, today we see the same man cuddled up around his children and wife, looking happy and a candidate for father of the year. The same people who wrote letters condemning his irresponsibility now sing his praises, in a moment the masses have forgotten ad moved on. From village idiot to model Australian in two swipes of a stingray's tail.

***disclaimer this post is not Steve Irwin Bashing it is merely a good example of human conditioning and ignoring contradiction. Such as army intelligence. This is not to belittle the loss of life of a man who although led a life full of egocentricity and bizarre antics, but did do a lot for conservation in Australia and the world. In truth my heart goes out to his family and children left without a father, not to mention the shamefull media circus circling around his carcass ***



Blogger Within Without said...


I salute you and appreciate your reasoned and realistic look at the real side of his death.

I too have been mesmerized by the media blitz on Steve since he died and, at the very least, the complete ignorance of the other facets of his life that you raise.

It really is a media circus. And you have drawn for us a very fair and much more objective perspective.


9:43 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Thanks, it was hard to write something fair, not criticising a man who had done so much for conservationism, yet his on screen antics were so ridiculous. It was a good analogy for human conditioning.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Stace said...

You think everything is an analogy for the human condition. Then again, so do I.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

you can talk, your indepth look at how our stance on the elevator defines our lives:)

12:18 AM  
Blogger Stace said...

Don't knock the escalator theory! There are standers and there are walkers, and there are situational variants. The analogy to life is undeniable! :-)

1:03 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

The Cult of Celebrity..
now I got a real kick out of Mr Crikey...I never believed for a second that he was as provincial as he pretended..I believed that he loved animals first and foremost and that he loved to showoff!
He had a great life and I imagins that he was probably a lot of fun to toss a few back with..other than longetivity what more can you ask for? Well like I told sopmeone else he probably pumped 10,000 more hits of adrenalin through his body than the average bloke. You know the old theory about only getting so many heartbeats...I think that he used his up.

The fact that he lived as long as he did..doing what he did is the main story.
OUCH..Crikey that's gunna leave a mark mate!

It's not like there wasn't any hard news that day..but like Lady Di...we all get swept away by the media blitz until it gets to be too many other people died that day?

2:03 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

HE: COuldnt agree more, he was one man, he left behind a family,as did MR Smith and JOnes.

His Antics confused and iritated me, but i had nothing but respect for someone who lived his life the way he wanted to...

7:05 PM  

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