On 7th May 2016 I listened to Malcolm Turnbull as he announced a double dissolution election for July 2. An hour later I got about halfway through listening to Bill Shorten’s response before I was compelled to switch off, for I realised that with both men, I could see their lips moving, I could hear words coming out of their mouths, but neither of them were saying anything.
In the Federal election of 2010 I posted 37 blog entries and in the 2013 campaign I posted 18 blog entries. After the banality of the May 7 speeches I thought I’d wait until something interesting or substantive was said in this campaign. Seven weeks later, this is my first post – not because Bill or Malcolm has finally said anything of importance in this campaign, but rather to note that Sammy J in his “Playground Politics” satire is a ray of reason in a sea of silliness. Sammy J says it all.
My latest article for the Lambton Local is out, this month on the Lambton Fire Station.
Extract of 1910 map, showing the location of Lambton Fire Station on De Vitre Street. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections.
Apparently the incidence of people using the word ‘apparently’ has seen a dramatic rise in recent years and they reckon that with the current average increase of 30% per annum, that by the year 2038 every sentence uttered by every human being on the planet will either begin or end with the word ‘apparently’.
I don’t know if it’s happening more, or I’m just noticing it more, but it’s certainly becoming more irksome. These ‘apparently’ statements invariably …
- present some factoid which appears unusual or surprising;
- are unaccompanied by any substantiating evidence or reference to reputable authority;
- contain references to an indeterminate ‘they’ who ‘reckon’ something;
- and carry an implied disclaimer that the information might have been misheard, misunderstood, miscommunicated, and possibly not be true at all.
So in essence, these statements are saying that something might be true, or might be false, and convey no information for the hearer to judge either way. All in all, worthless.
Today’s poll …
Do you think that participating in an online survey is a meaningful thing to do?