Well that was a novel experience. I said more or less everything I wanted to this morning, but if I may, a few final observations:
I didn’t pay very much attention to the original “Waters hates blogs” kerfuffle, and decided to appear on the show after being invited by Newstalk. I found the station’s build-up to the show a bit embarassing, suggesting as it did that I was presuming to ride to the rescue of my fellow bloggers, who are well able to take care of themselves.
Sometimes in argument, I can get a bit too vehement, and there may have been a little of that this morning. However, I can’t say I’m especially bothered by it. I arrived ready to be relaxed and friendly, but it was clear that Mr. Waters wanted more than a bit of knockabout radio fun. He was not simply being mischievous but was, as Copernicus suggested to me, “playing for keepsies”. So sod it, no regrets for any touch of agression I might have shown.
Mr. Waters cannot be accused of lacking a coherent world view. All of his obsessions are ultimately of a piece (hence his playing for keepsies). This became clear when he mentioned The Sibling Society by “Men’s Movement” guru, Robert Bly. In that book, Bly, like Waters, bemoans the breakdown of hierarchy, and is saddened by a world where all people are equal. I pointed out this morning that Mr. Waters’ real problem is that he misses the old days when people thought what they were told to think, but didn’t add the all-important words “by men”.
“How can you prove a well known fact?” is a great new catchphrase, and prompted the only other bit of self-censorship of the morning, when for politeness’ sake I decided not to reply that proving well-known facts is quite easy; it’s the ones you pull out of your ass that are hard to prove.
Now let’s forget all about this.