Dead Men Left

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Minor irritations

Ok, back again. And quite pissed off for a number of reasons, none of which are worth bothering you with here. To distract attention from the big complaints, here is a small list of irritating things since arriving back in the UK:

1. The same half-witted advertising "classifications" of consumer "types" repackaged every three months or so and reported in every single daily paper as if touching on some new profound truth about Modern Britain. Try this, for instance, from "marketing agency" The Fish Can Sing (shudder). Consistent features are a. "amusing" names for different groups of consumers b. the claim that soicety is better classified by consumption habits than by class and c. "we're all middle class now". Kill! Kill! Destroy! Argh!

2. "Marxism is deterministic": no, it bloody well isn't and I wouldn't waste my time selling Socialist Worker, organising anti-war demonstrations, standing for elections, arguing with everyone, even writing this blog if it were. Grrrrr. Socialism or barbarism, remember?

3. Annoyingly, I can't remember the third irritation. Snarl.