Lyndon Hood - fighting-talker, Wellington

Friday, July 27, 2007

For those of you who have ever wanted - or may in the future want - to shoot someone down in flames on your blog, please take a moment to see how the professionals do it:

Daily Kos: Please, Bill O'Reilly, Have Mercy

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Lyndon Hood - art appreciator, Wellington

Monday, July 16, 2007

I've been reading a book about the use of the female form as symbol (I liked Marina Warner's other books about mythology as you can see from this) which raises, at the same time a dismissing, an intriguing idea. The Liberty depicted in the famous statue, gifted to the US by France, is a much more staid and less revolutionary creature than the ones France was producing some hundred fifty (oops) years earlier.

What might the US of A be like today if instead of a sun-crown their national statue wore a Phrygian cap, one of those floppy-topped conical affairs widely symbolic of revolution (not least upon the heads of the Mariannes who symbolise the French one) and, at its reddest, made famous by Papa Smurf?

What if instead of a torch she was brandishing an enormous and symbolic faggot?

And, most significantly, what if, like more than one Marianne, she had (indicating her revolutionary zeal) failed to notice that her boobies had slipped out of her top?

I mean, quite apart from the wardrobe malfunction thing.

Oh, and, talk about being endowed with meaning.

New Hood: Youth Parliament Broken Up by Police

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Lyndon Hood - banninated, Wellington

Monday, July 02, 2007

New Hood: Open Letter To Closed Parliament

Readers may not be surprised to learn I took the banning satirical use of Parliament coverage business rather personally. I also have lots of opinions about the issue in wider terms, many about why it's a bad, bad idea. But aside for the above you'll have to wait and see if I write them down. I may even go to the trouble of working out what it actually means for media of the 'some guy with a laptop and YouTube' variety.

I will mention that person/s unknown have messed with my plan to deface the speaker's image Web 2.0 styles* by removing her photo from the depicto project twice. If it goes again, feel free to load it back up from here. KTHX.

* While this plan does have an intellectual point, if you think about it, in terms of how easy it is to make fun of people in the information age, as well as being a normal reaction to anyone who explicitly demands that they be taken seriously, I also must confess to a certain amount of malicious enjoyment.

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