Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Hitchens’

MED ANLEDNING av att Private Eye firar 50 år passar Victoria and Albert Museum på att visa en utställning om denna typiska brittiska satirtidskrift.

Christopher Hitchens skriver i Vanity Fair om tidskriften:

Out of sheer effrontery, they could get a nickname fixed to a public figure (or even an obscurely reclusive one) and get everyone to accept and repeat it. […] The classic instance of the magazine’s in-joke, which has graced the pages of almost every single issue for the past quarter-century, is its code name for the generic British book publisher: “Snipcock and Tweed.”

[T]he Eye had to stay distinctive in banal and ordinary times. It managed this by continuing to look as if printed on the run, by appearing fortnightly instead of weekly, by waging a long guerrilla engagement against Britain’s grotesque laws of libel (which kept it constantly in the courts, the scene of rich satirical material since the 18th century), and by coining new words—and resurrecting old ones—for familiar things: the “pseud” for the pretentious, the “hack” for the journalist, “Spartish” for hirsute student rebels.


Each new prime minister got his or her parody—in Thatcher’s case the cleverness being a parody of her husband—and within weeks the image and idiom would have stuck.

Övrigt: Ovanstående tidskriftsomslag är nr 1149, 6 januari 2006. Se fler omslag på deras hemsida.

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SPORT: Media har alltid haft en sjuklig fixering vid sport. En verksamhet som borde förpassas till nöjessidorna behandlas som om det är av världshistorisk betydelse.

En av de bästa uppgörelserna med denna idiotiska fixering står Christopher Hitchens för i en artikel i senaste Newsweek.

I can’t count the number of times that I have picked up the newspaper at a time of crisis and found whole swaths of the front page given over either to the already known result of some other dull game or to the moral or criminal depredations of some overpaid steroid swallower. Listen: the paper has a whole separate section devoted to people who want to degrade the act of reading by staring enthusiastically at the outcomes of sporting events that occurred the previous day. These avid consumers also have tons of dedicated channels and publications that are lovingly contoured to their special needs. All I ask is that they keep out of the grown-up parts of the paper.

Man kan inte mer än hålla med.

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