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OK, so I'm back from my Fact Finding Jaunt/Whistlestop Tour/Sunshine Express/Cattle Rustling week in Southern NSW and Sydney.

Returning back to town piggybacks along with it the following three pieces of information:
  • I'm sick. Sick like proper sick. Sick like can't talk for the first half of the day. Hooray for Sydney and your virulent pestulence et al.
  • I had CNN in my (s)wanky Sydney Apartment.. and after spending several days watching it on and off wondering how the fuck a 24-hour-news network can get away with being wall-to-wall ads and a repeated-ad-infinitum 'feature' on Africa with almost no ACTUAL NEWS, Very Bad Shit goes down all over again and the whole notion of the McDonalds of News makes sense once more.

    I don't know whether it's an indictment or just an observation of the bucketloads of irony that we surround ourselves with, that when I look at this:

    ... the headers remind me so solidly of IOYC (& the gaggle of people who now write like him, myself sometimes included).


    "Here is a quote, extra facts, etc."
  • There is something about this movie ticket that Freaks Me The Fuck Out.

    If you can tell me what it is, I'll send you a cheque for FORTY DOLLARS!
    Cheques will not be honoured.
    If pain persists, please see Benny Hinn.
I have a huge pile of blog(un)worthy material from the trip, which will dribble out over the next few weeks.

But for now I'm just going to sit back and ponder what the hell's going on in the world..

One of the primary things I've been thinking about since last night is how these events are such TV events -- And repeated TV events are always smaller -- each time there's a terrorist attack it's a smaller 'TV' event than the last. While comparing Big Brother Season 1 with 9/11, and Big Brother Season 5 with London may seem a bit harsh/cold/fucked up, I think it's it's a valid comparison along lines of attention paid, and the magnitude of ripple effect through the culture. The shock and the novelty of it all wears thinner each time, as wrong as that somehow seems. By 1am Channel 10 had stopped running news, and another channel was running cricket (was this cricket in england?! Australia was playing England..). Some others held onto the constant-news angle, but by midday the next day (presumably starting from this morning) everything is back to normal. From memory I think this is the shortest burst of constant-coverage after a terrorist attack on a western target post 9/11.

The western-civilisation-as-terrorism-victim culture ebbs, flows, and wanes.

One thing that struck me last year when I went to Sydney for a while for work was how insane the terrorism/surveillance/paranoia culture was up there.. constant reminders to stay away from unattended baggage, no bins in the railway stations, etc.. This time I didn't have the same alienation effect from the whole thing. I'm still not sure if it's because I knew what to expect, or that the culture had waned a little.. either way Getting Used to the idea of the constant-risk-of-death is such an American way to live, and I don't like it at all.

Also, I had a dream last night that involved Kyle Sandilands and some kind of horrible demise.

I blame ausculture.

1 Comment - [post a comment]

cfsmtb, Friday, July 8, 2005, 3:39 AM
The gladwrap-baggage wrappers are doing a rippin' business out at Tullamarine. If the proles, opps populace, think THATS gonna protect them from a stint in a third world jailcell, they might as well start wearing tin-foil hats & matching undies.