“Angelina herself had created the cryptic hieroglyph. “We went to Davos,” she said. “One night we didn’t have anything to do, so I was drawing on his back. It’s meaningful in that it’s us making angles and shapes out of each other’s body, that kind of a thing.” No. That is not why it is meaningful. It is meaningful because the kind of people who get so bored that they doodle on each other and turn the doodles into permanent tattoos are now attending the World Economic Forum.”— Marina Hyde asks why entertainers no longer know their place
I know I’ve been posting a lot of Ireland-related articles recently, but it seems that the shit is hitting the fan for this little cardboard country.
Over the last weekend, someone hung satirical portraits of Brian Cowen (our Taoiseach - not prime minister but kinda like it) in the National Gallery in Dublin. Not as part of an exhibition and without authorisation. Obviously, this was pretty funny and every major news outlet reported on it. But then this happened:
Tonight RTE apologised for offence caused to Mr. Cowen and his family and disrespect caused to the Office of Taoiseach.
The biggest TV news outlet in the country apologises (and self-censors, retroactively - all mention of the paintings have been removed from recorded news reports) at the whim of the state. Oh, but it gets better.
This morning the painter of these satirical works was interviewed on a popular morning radio show. This morning Gardaí (police) “visited” the radio station in order to make inquiries about the identity of the painter. If there’s a warrant involved I’m absolutely disgusted but not shocked. If there isn’t I’m probably just as shaken - the police turn up in order to try and bully information on an anonymous source out of a journalist.
Update 2: Mr Hanafin said he was told that the gardai wanted the name and contact details of the artist so they could caution him and when he declined to pass the information on, he was told a warrant might be sought to get access to the show’s email.
So it could always be worse. You may not be able to take photos of the police without suspicion, but we can’t even report on complaints about the state.
Fianna Fáil TD Michael Kennedy last night called on RTÉ director general Cathal Goan to consider his position. The report “represented a gross insult to the position of An Taoiseach, not to mention a personal affront to the dignity of the man himself”, Mr Kennedy said in a statement.
The item “was obviously seen as a piece of entertainment – biased and partisan entertainment”, and raised “serious questions about the agenda at play in the RTÉ newsroom”, he added.
“It will be a case of bolting the stable door. The people who have been viewing the images should be traced by the security services.”—Ian Paisley jr. once again proves he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. via BBC:Google ‘reckless’ on NI security
One of the great things about the internet is that it brings people together.
One of the unbelievably awful things about the internet is that it mates that ‘bringing together of people’ with the double curse of the average human: (1) the difficulty to discriminate in choice and (2) the propensity to hoard and believe that more is better. What results from this Fly like merging is lived out daily by tens of millions on sites like Facebook. Multiplying the penalty of living this out on such sites is that, unlike some night in 1992 that faded out to muted shades as time went by, massive farms of servers are busy replicating and archiving your mistakes right now, so that the future you, the future friends, the future employers, perhaps the future children, can see it as clearly as though it just happened.
Welcome to the end of valuable friendships: a modern tragic play in four parts