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07:23 pm - Will Self and the epiphenomenal imbroglio
I didn't get to watch Newsnight on Friday, with Will Self and Steve Coogan both excelling in their different ways. This article by Will Self seems to be a working-up of his comments from Friday. The prose is of the ripest cheese, and I love it. Self is like 'Yeah, what you going to do about it?'
The unholy triple alliance between media, the political class and the police may be characterised as a merely epiphenomenal imbroglio... A tectonic shift is taking place in our culture, namely the transition from a print/broadcast era... (to one in which) everyone swims about in a protoplasmic gloop of titillating supposition... (and we are currently) in a strange interregnum between cultural hegemonies

I am not sure people (eg in the comments which follow) realise that Self is playing this for laughs. I think it's a hoot. And of course, he also means every word.

ETA I like this comment 'if traditional media/power relations are in their death throes as Mr Self asserts, then at least the dictionary business has a safe future'

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From:altariel
Date:July 11th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
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I kind of love him, although I'm sure he's an arse in real life.
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From:communicator
Date:July 11th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Yes, no doubt. He used to be an utter cad by all accounts, and I think he's very self-satisfied. But he's such a smart commentator.
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From:del_c
Date:July 11th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
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He's also got the voice for this sort of thing. If I tried it I'd sound like Mark Steel trying to be Will Self, and I can't even do Mark Steel being Mark Steel.
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From:communicator
Date:July 11th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
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I must dig this up on i-Player
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From:del_c
Date:July 11th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Newsnight 08/07/2011

For those who don't know the format, the Steve Coogan and Will Self stuff is in the discussion period in the last fifteen minutes or so.
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From:communicator
Date:July 11th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, watching it now. Coogan begins about 26 mins in.
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From:hafren
Date:July 12th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
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He's a funny man.
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From:gummitch
Date:July 12th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
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Off-topic, sorry, but I thought I should alert you to this NYT piece about the new season of Breaking Bad, spoiler free as far as I can see:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/magazine/the-dark-art-of-breaking-bad.html?_r=2&ref=television&pagewanted=all
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From:communicator
Date:July 12th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
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Yes, thanks, that's really fascinating. Interesting to read how he got his X-Files gig. “I pitched them an idea about a guy whose shadow comes to life and sucks people in like a black hole and kills them,”
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From:kalypso_v
Date:July 13th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Curiouser and curiouser. Murdoch's now given up the News of the World and the bid to control the rest of BSkyB, and kept Rebekah Brooks. Maybe the man is a sentimentalist after all.
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From:communicator
Date:July 13th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
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I think he had no chance any more, so he had to give up. I am not sure about Brooks - what is the appeal? Some people cynically say sex, others that she has secret knowledge. I can't believe it's just quasi-paternal feeling, because he isn't particularly nice to his own kids.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:July 13th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
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He may prefer the family he chooses, though he has been rather traditional in promoting his sons.

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