Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Hard News: The Bottom is a Magic Place,

    I don't know - people will put quote marks around anything these days.

    My favourite accidental truth in advertising was a farmer's sign tied to a fence by the side of the road on the way down to Timaru.

    "Controlled" burn off.

    And someone needs to tell them it is Labor's not Labors.

    And explain why The Chaser is funny, not somehow both lame and offensive.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Bottom is a Magic Place,

    I was puzzled about the way the Dominion Post framed the story

    Indeed. I did wonder if the person who wrote the headline, and put the sarcasm quotes around 'guilty', had actually read the article.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Bottom is a Magic Place,

    our MSM does not give us enough information to know if he is in the right demographic to be a real risk to his child

    Man, I wish I knew if you were taking the piss, Kevin.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Singing g against the E chord,

    Some of my happiest live music nights out in Hamilton in the early '90s involved seeing local bands that I'd just stumbled across. Some of them never even recorded anything, but they'd play live heaps and get a small following who'd treat them like rock gods.

    Something about this sent out a ping in my brain, and a swift google later, paydirt! An actual recording of Daggy and the Dickheads. Man that brings back memories. They were from Taihape! And so were we, so we HAD to listen to them.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Singing g against the E chord,

    My favourite NZ album of all time is a toss up between Hello Sailors' Last Chance to Dance (1982), and th' Dudes' Right First Time (1979)

    That makes you about the same age as my brothers, and all that stuff was stacked in towers of vinyl in the corner of our lounge. I grew to appreciate it more when I was a bit older.

    For me, though, it'd be the first album I owned on tape, that went everywhere with me in my walkman: The Mockers' Culprit and the King. In particular, the first song on side two was called 'New Day Dawning' and no matter how bad things got (in a 13yo sort of way) that song could make me feel better. Now, that's poppy.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Looking for Monsters,

    The usual suspects are rather cross, given that it's an explicitly anti-religious novel written by an atheist who makes Messers Hitchens and Dawkins seem sedated.

    From what I hear, the OTHER usual suspects are also fairly outraged on the grounds that it's been well sanitised and de-balled in order to not offend the perpetually offended classes.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Meet the New Bob,

    Meet the New Bob

    For a brief moment, I thought this was going to be another post about David's poor viciously-slandered baby.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Radiation: Desperate Heroes,

    my point is that the majority of young people today don't really give a shit about anything because they've never had to.

    Well, except the young people in any generation who are among the most fervent activists for whatever their chosen cause is. The ones with idealism. I'm already seeing that still firmly in place among the twelve year olds in my son's peer group.

    Aww... shut up woman! It's the barest sliver of recompense for six thousand years of patriarchal heterosexism!

    On that basis, is it okay if I continue to objectify the Tui girls?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Family First, Blowjob Later,

    And right on cue: Bob and Christine turn up on the TV news, together fighting fascism (sic).

    They're obviously opposed to fasces.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

  • Radiation: Desperate Heroes,

    Young women are confident in the freedoms and opportunities they have these days so a bit of sexism doesn't bother them?

    Well, I don't see an ad as sexist solely on the basis of what the women are wearing. The last one that really got up my nose was an Aussie Nutra-grain one where the Mum needed her son to get the suitcase down for her because she was too little and weak to do it herself and too stupid to stand on a chair. She was fully dressed the entire time.

    Seeing women portrayed as stupid and weak and needing men to help them bugs me way, WAY more than seeing a woman portrayed working in a brewery, or running a brewery, in a short skirt. The closest I can get to an answer to that problem I mentioned before is that the BK girls look thick and useless, and the Tui girls look strong and confident. And the Tui ads aren't 'wrapped' in irony, you could mining for irony in them.

    And if you're worried about exploitation shouldn't you also be worried about five-storey high billboards of men in their underwear?

    I think there's a generation of young women who think that because a few top jobs are currently in female hands, life is going to offer them a smooth and rosy path. They've never known it otherwise.

    Light is not going to dawn for a while.

    Um, right. What stupid young women. Too dumb to realise what life is really like, and did we not already have this discussion?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4371 posts Report Reply

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