Thursday, 8 April 2010

Charlie Brooker strikes again.

Well, I know it's lazy of me, and I intend to put some more stuff up here soon (that's normally the kiss of death for a blog - but trust me, it's all good, I've just had a lot on my plate the last couple of weeks), but until then here's a partial cut and paste from here (check the whole article!).

Charlie Brooker, you are a feckin GENIUS.

"...if I've learned anything, it's that I don't much care for mood-altering substances. But I'm not afraid of them either. With one exception.

It's perhaps the biggest threat to the nation's mental wellbeing, yet it's freely available on every street – for pennies. The dealers claim it expands the mind and bolsters the intellect: users experience an initial rush of emotion (often euphoria or rage), followed by what they believe is a state of enhanced awareness. Tragically this "awareness" is a delusion. As they grow increasingly detached from reality, heavy users often exhibit impaired decision-making abilities, becoming paranoid, agitated and quick to anger. In extreme cases they've even been known to form mobs and attack people. Technically it's called "a newspaper", although it's better known by one of its many "street names", such as "The Currant Bun" or "The Mail" or "The Grauniad" (see me – Ed).

In its purest form, a newspaper consists of a collection of facts which, in controlled circumstances, can actively improve knowledge. Unfortunately, facts are expensive, so to save costs and drive up sales, unscrupulous dealers often "cut" the basic contents with cheaper material, such as wild opinion, bullshit, empty hysteria, reheated press releases, advertorial padding and photographs of Lady Gaga with her bum hanging out. The hapless user has little or no concept of the toxicity of the end product: they digest the contents in good faith, only to pay the price later when they find themselves raging incoherently in pubs, or – increasingly – on internet messageboards."

Man, you really need to read this rest of this article. Trust me. If you don't check for Brooker regularly then you need to.


1 comment:

  1. Yep, got CB on my RSS feeder and read with a quickness.

    On another note, where you at Jimbo? Facebook is a lonely place without your warblings.....;0)