Has this Melburnian dilettante read Huxley’s novel and resents the quoted phrase below as a slur on hir beloved reality TV? Or does sie, as I suspect, hate reality TV and inadvertently revealed that sie hasn’t read the novel and doesn’t recognise the contextual meaning of the title phrase? Can anyone untangle these antecedents at all?
"the brave new world of reality TV"?!?
lordy”¦ someone get me a bucket, i think i’m going to hurl.
80’s music is one thing, i’m quite fond of a lot of it even when it’s second time round & really not quite as good as it was first time around. calling reality TV a “brave new world” is”¦ well”¦ words fail me.
Posted by pache on 2006 09 20 at 06:19 PM "¢ permalink
This comment responds to Tim Blair’s swipe at a Tracee Hutchinson column as part of his ongoing “look at the loony lefties” schtick aimed at everyone who writes for The Age.
Blair: The Age’s Traceeeee Hutchison asks:
"Ever had that sinking feeling that the planet is spinning in reverse?"
Can’t say that I have.
To be scrupulously fair, that opening phrase made a really easy target, and the column isn’t one of her best, redolent with cliche (sorry) as she bemoans the current superfluity of recycled rock stars touring the nation. It’s a journeyman effort at best. But hey, she’s still got a major broadsheet column gig, which is more than some other people can say.
Pache’s response reminds me of Pavlov’s Cat‘s recent post, and Orwell’s essay that I mentioned earlier, regarding dying metaphors which need retirement from the general vocabulary due to their original vividness fading as people no longer understand the origin of the phrase, thus leading to confusion. Some of Blair’s commentors point out Hutchinson’s overuse of cliche as a flaw in her writing, and despite the repellent glee of their attacks they do have a point. Pache’s response would certainly lend support for the argument that cliche far too often obscures rather than clarifies meaning.