April 13, 2005

once more into the fray…

Writing about web page every single blog in the world

okay, i know i said yesterday that i wasn't going to talk about this any more. but since then, it's become apparent that this debate is still raging, and my name is being bandied about a lot, being put into tandem with fascism in one article – the delicious irony (oh! oh!) of which is not lost on me as i have stood throughout this whole affair for freedom of speech, but the general misplaced outrage of which surprises me not at all.
in summary, then… i'm not chris carter and i tend towards a more democratic world view. the 'beige' debate is not one centring around different types of student; it's a more expansive bemoaning of the willingness of some people to fit into stereotypes – be they middle-class economics beigeniks or fauxhemian coffee-drinkers pretending they've read hegel. the levels of aggravation which these people inspire can only be compared to those associated with a sharp and pointy turd. i would not deign to criticise groups of people for their religion, or which course they study, or whatever. what does worry me is the potential of a situation in which a great deal of us are willing to conform to these stereotypes. when i'm on the bus listening to people talk about ginster's slices and KPMG i have huxley-esque visions of a terrifying faceless society. what i think we must rail against is the dragging of this supposedly liberal university into somewhere just right of the middle. that's what i mean by beige and that's what frightens me.

anyway, hopefully i've made some sort of lucid point here without aggravating anyone. but if i've offended you, why not unleash a barrage of criticism? for those of you spluttering in wordless outrage, i've written a few samples which you can copy and paste into the comments box.

"I am deeply offended by your continuous criticism of computer science students, even though you have not mentioned computer science students in this post or in fact at all."

"I am proud to be a Christian and I am deeply offended that you are suggesting that I give up my faith to conform to your dystopian leftist vision of the world."

"I am the President of the Warwick Sharp and Pointy Turd society and I am deeply offended by your derogatory comments about sharp and pointy turds. I myself was raised by a family of such turds and can only speak highly of them."

"Take the last train to Clarkesville and I'll meet you at the station."

"I am the President of the Warwick Society for Missing The Point and I would like to invite you to our next social."

"Shouldn't you be smoking pot somewhere in Nazi Germany, you hippy bastard?"

"I am the President of the Warwick Kablerkistan Society and I am deeply offended by your derogatory comments about the peace-loving Kablerkistan people. I have taken out a fatwa on your life and on those of all of your descendants."

"It's good to see that the beatnik spirit is still alive and kicking at Warwick. Ladies and gentlemen, your university's very own Jack Kerouac. Pity all these red scum are too lazy to do anything other than complain about something they can't really change."

"If I could only have predicted the offence I would have felt upon reading your comments, I would have travelled back in time and aborted myself in the womb."

as i am evidently descending into madness, let's hope that will be the end of that.
now can't we all just get along?

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  1. Gordon R

    Oh dear me….......I think people might perceive me to be a fauxhemian. Yikes! Am I fraud? I think I might have to hit myself over the head with the Bourdieu book I have lying around or drown myself in all the coffee I have drunk since 1998. I shall have to renounce my hippy/biker parents and deny my fauxhemian name.

    And why aren't you ever on my bus Miss Ballard, hmm hmm???

    13 Apr 2005, 12:25

  2. David Treharne


    I can’t believe the shear stupidity of some of the people who have posted in outrage. Surely the fact you got into Warwick denotes some level or modicum of intellect! Can these people not even try to read what has been said laugh, and move on? I honestly believe these dim witted fools are under the impression that what is said in these blogs matters in their lives. These are the personal thoughts and beliefs of the people who write them, no one said that they are fucking legally binding had to be followed to the last letter. I think that the fact Carters blog was removed shows just how bloody stupid, pathetic, and small minded these people are. Further to this, I believe they should just bloody grow up and get on with their lives.

    Vive Ché

    13 Apr 2005, 12:26

  3. vive che, vive la revolution, et vive…


    13 Apr 2005, 12:28

  4. I think David might be the one taking it all a little too seriously…

    Eimear, i'd like to invite you to join the new Beige Society. We accept anyone of course (because of equals ops policies), but we're aimed at those who just don't want to have personalities and think for themselves. Sadly, we also have zero members so far.

    13 Apr 2005, 12:50

  5. Mmm, beige soc, sounds fascina…zzzzzzz.

    Sorry where was I? Isn't dealing with loony comments half the fun of having a blog? I get loads even though they are nearly all from the same three people.

    And stop ignoring me when you walk past me in the humanities concourse. I accept that I wearing the uniform of full time employment (a chilling premonition of all our futures) but I still need looooooooooooooooove…


    13 Apr 2005, 12:55

  6. Shall

    I'd like to say all the soul-sellers at Warwick: don't sell your soul just because it's easiest. Follow a passion and thusly avoid regretting every minute you spend at work, ending up in a place where you spend your hundreds of thousands on the most banal of things because you have forgotten how to expand your mind.

    13 Apr 2005, 13:09


    13 Apr 2005, 13:18


    13 Apr 2005, 13:18

  9. hnnngh…

    andrew, i'll definitely champion Beige Soc – so long as my position as President of the Warwick Society for Missing the Point doesn't take up too much time.

    holly, sorry. my brain is filled with thoughts of how i'm going to blag a presentation on my dissertation…accentuate the positive etc etc. you seem to know a very interesting amount of things about the world in general and i think that we should combine the forces of our humour. think about it…you, a leading light in warwick wit, and myself, everyone's favourite diplomatic MC. how about a date?

    shall, i could not possibly have put it better myself.

    13 Apr 2005, 13:21

  10. I'm a master of amusing anecdotes. BUT DON'T FORCE THEM, if I try and force the funny I fail miserably, the true genius will emerge for those who are patient.

    I am also avoiding work at all costs, including potential sanity.

    13 Apr 2005, 13:25

  11. gordon random…
    i fear you may be one of the many insane women who are taking up space in my brain right now. is this true? hmm…i don't know why i'm never on your bus – are you on the leam-campus stagecoach? (god it's so ridiculous that those buses are called stagecoach.) i usually eschew the buses in favour of driving my very own SEXMOBILE, but doubtless you'll bump into me sometime soon….

    13 Apr 2005, 13:28

  12. I think the name "Stagecoach" is an indication of their maximum speed.

    13 Apr 2005, 13:31

  13. yes, you'd probably have a better time pelting along the A452 if you were being propelled by dick turpin and his horse…


    13 Apr 2005, 13:32

  14. why can't people in the library computer rooms just scroll down pages by clicking the mouse rather than making that excrutiating whirring sound with that needless button? oh, curse our superfluous privileges!

    13 Apr 2005, 13:49

  15. Gordon R

    Said bus might be my form of transport. But please don't bumb into me whilst driving your car as that would hurt most awfully. And as for being an insane woman in your mind…...am I woman??

    13 Apr 2005, 14:53

  16. yep, complete loon.

    13 Apr 2005, 17:54

  17. Roisin

    Dudez, it's all a bit heavy….but Eimear, I am offended at how blatantly anti jeans you are – all I want to do is wear jeans and that is a legitimate clothing choice and the persistence and vigour of your anti-jeans hatred just astounds me.

    I love you!

    13 Apr 2005, 18:31

  18. Roisin

    Dudez, it's all a bit heavy….but Eimear, I am offended at how blatantly anti jeans you are – all I want to do is wear jeans and that is a legitimate clothing choice and the persistence and vigour of your anti-jeans hatred just astounds me.

    I love you!

    13 Apr 2005, 18:31

  19. roisin – it's the truth! why must i continually oppress everyone?

    14 Apr 2005, 12:54

  20. Gordon R

    Is it because you are wearing a BLUE jumper today?

    14 Apr 2005, 13:00

  21. haha…no blue jumper for me, sucker!

    14 Apr 2005, 13:01

  22. Gordon R

    Your voice is quieter than I imagined.

    14 Apr 2005, 13:13

  23. yeah, okay, you freaked me out. now what?

    14 Apr 2005, 13:15

  24. Gordon R

    Now I'm off to scrounge some free lunch (insider connections).
    Then I shall be striding around somewhere electric with, no doubt, a lost expression on my face.

    14 Apr 2005, 13:18

  25. grand. you might consider slipping down a few notches on the weirdness scale too.

    14 Apr 2005, 13:39

  26. Gordon R

    Well aren't you the sarky one??? Weirdness scale? Well I have one thing to say to you – crackers maracas.

    I see you are taking a low form of retort by labelling me weird and a loon, just to make up for the fact that I have more fun on the bus than you, I'm not wearing a RED shirt, and, and , and I have places to STRIDE!!

    14 Apr 2005, 14:37

  27. what? what on earth is that supposed to mean?

    14 Apr 2005, 14:38

  28. Gordon R do these free lunches come from campus? Are they free because of yur job? Suddenly I am intrigued by the faint posibility I might know you…

    14 Apr 2005, 14:40

  29. Gordon R

    Well you work it out as you're so clever with your weirdness scales and all.

    14 Apr 2005, 14:41

  30. come on, gordon random. 'your voice is quieter than i imagined'?

    14 Apr 2005, 14:41

  31. holly cruise, if i crash my car and gordon random invites me into her home and then breaks my legs, 'misery' style, will you please show up and help me out?

    14 Apr 2005, 14:48

  32. I've not read/seen 'Misery' but I have seen (sort of) 'The Shining' and I am concerned at what happens to the nice gardener guy who tries to help out. I will help only if it can be guaranteed that I will not meet a squishy death or, if I do, that my CDs and bass guitar will be rehomed in loving homes.

    14 Apr 2005, 14:51

  33. i can guarantee nothing, as i'm no longer certain if i'm just being extreme or if this is genuinely becoming very odd.

    14 Apr 2005, 14:52

  34. Gordon R

    My little penguin always faces north

    14 Apr 2005, 14:54

  35. No, this is genuinely very odd.

    14 Apr 2005, 15:00

  36. thanks.
    now, how about a date?

    14 Apr 2005, 15:02

  37. Gordon R or me?

    Peronally I'd go for Gordon R cos I'm just a slave to my job… which reminds me, I should go back to work before I get sacked.

    14 Apr 2005, 15:06

  38. Gordon R

    Holly can provide the SANDWICHES (and it was great cake today) and Eimear can drive you both to a nice picnic SPOT

    14 Apr 2005, 15:06

  39. Sandwiches… GR, you're a CA aren't you?

    14 Apr 2005, 15:06

  40. Gordon R

    Yeah Holly, chose me as I'm keeping you in that job my cake consumption is so high.

    14 Apr 2005, 15:06

  41. jesus christ.
    gordon random, go and do something else.
    holly cruise, yeah of course! we'd have a class time!

    14 Apr 2005, 15:07

  42. Gordon R

    Fine. That's it then. The end of the affair. I have been well and truely cybernetically jilted.

    Holly, as you have been kind to me I shall to continue to praise your cakes. But not on this forum.


    14 Apr 2005, 15:17

  43. what?!


    14 Apr 2005, 15:18

  44. Gordon R


    14 Apr 2005, 16:02

  45. Stumped.

    14 Apr 2005, 16:56

  46. -


    15 Apr 2005, 09:59

  47. what a total looper!

    15 Apr 2005, 11:30

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