( Bock got me thinking, and it hurts)
Okay John here’s a thing and it’s only my thing but here it is anyway.
Your Irish Times, useful or not?
What value is it bringing to Irish society, are we better informed, or are we even informed by it. Has it kept pace with the world, and does it bring a unique or challenging perspective on general goings on.
Does it John?
John, I presume, makes most of his crust from this institution, which I now confess to having lost patience with, and his writing is one of the reasons why.
The Ireland in the Irish Times is a staid, unforgiving, right leaning and self serving child of a different generation. I was frequently alienated by its Dublin (not Tallaght) centred focus, it’s obsession over finance and property values, it’s proclaiming of captains of industry as heroic, it’s elitist social networking. It is not my Ireland and John W doesn’t inhabit my world. The phrase fat, dumb and happy springs to mind when I read it, smug, well nourished and self-satisfied are other adjectival rhetoric I might apply.
It would be cruel to say that John writes fluff pieces for this daily and I’m not cruel and recognise that he has championed men’s right today, when we are very much discriminated against in family law.
I have never felt engaged by his IT writing, nor has anyone I ever asked. He appears isolated within a paper whose influence and credibility as a vibrant report, is diminishing. I think professionally, he lost his voice some time back, and his only constituency is somewhere between Ballsbridge and Sandymount.
John’s view on blogging is malnourished. Adjectival rhetoric in a horizontal society, easy with the negative vibes John.
What are you afraid of?
Come back good buddy!