Posts by giovanni tiso

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Danielle,

    I think APP was really not prog rock, but yeah, they kept the "thematic album" aspect and it turns out it didn't mesh well with their huge evangelical Christianity-induced problem with women. More to the point, I really don't recall this being considered at all remarkable at the time.

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  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to B Jones,

    Dadrock is full of misogyny and you don't even notice it, it's just part of the wallpaper.

    One of my favourite/unfavourites is the Alan Parsons Project's album Eve, which as far as misogynist lyrics go is pretty revolting. Except I didn't know until I learned to speak enough English. I think about it now every time someone has a go at hip hop lyrics.

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  • Polity: On tour with The Boss, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    And, next week, Public Address will bring you Sia Aston on John Key, followed by Andrew Campbell on James Shaw.

    Why should it?

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And I assure you, this column is not an outlier.

    If I'm feeling down about my writing I read one of Soper's columns and quickly start believing I'm Nadine fucking Gordimer.

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one,

    The tedious tit-for-tat columns that Judith Collins and Phil Goff get their staff to write in the Sunday Star Times are, similarly, funded from your tax dollars, rather than the paper's editorial budget.

    Correction: Judith Collins gets paid by the SST, and donates the money to the Totara South Auckland Hospice. Goff hasn't made a similar declaration for the register of pecuniary interest, but it could be a simple oversight - I've asked Jonathan Milne on Twitter.

    I would be similarly interested to know if Bob Jones actually wrote for free or donated his fee.

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  • Polity: Meet the middle, in reply to BenWilson,

    Whether its subtweeting is surely about whether they follow you, rather than whether you follow them?

    No sorry this is madness. A bunch of politicians follow me, I don't feel compelled to tag them if I want to comment in public about something they do. I reserve my right of choosing when I want to talk about someone instead of to someone. It's not rude - it's rude to think everyone is entitled to demand that you address them directly. I was accused of "talking behind Grant Robertson's back" once on this very ground. Bizarre.

    Subtweeting, to me at least, is when I have a relationship with someone - ie we follow each other, and habitually talk to each other - to the point when talking about them without tagging them would be a departure from the normal conversation. And possibly a rude one although not necessarily.

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  • Polity: Meet the middle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'm happier when there's plenty of debate and no snark, but I'm not going to be too exercised by snark either way.

    I was just a bit confused about the "subtweeting" bit. Surely one can snark on Twitter in response to a patronising article without having to tag the author, who happens to also be on Twitter (probably) but whom one doesn't follow. I mean surely!

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  • Polity: Meet the middle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    fairly loud chorus of snarking and subtweeting

    Also known as "criticism".

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  • Polity: Meet the middle, in reply to BenWilson,

    I don't think it means nothing. It just doesn't mean the same as what you mean.

    Do you care about others? Yes = Left, No = Right.

    and it definitely doesn't mean that.

    Almost everyone thinks they care, even Roger Douglas. In fact, the declaration that he cares is the subject of chapter one of all his books. And if you think you care, well, you probably do care.

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  • Polity: Meet the middle, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Neither of those two make Rob Salmond's short list of Labour poster people, who seem chosen more for being unlikely to frighten the chooks than for any proven ability to advance a progressive agenda:

    Yeah, that list of "X is better than Y" was the most depressing thing about the post. I don't personally know what any of those people stand for. They appear fairly confused about this point themselves. But it's a telling misdirection, to turn a discussion about political orientation into one about which party's MPs are seemingly nicer or more decent.

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