August 04, 2004

WAITING FOR MARGO

The Australian Labor Party has announced that it broadly supports the proposed free trade agreement with the US. This is distressing news for Margo Kingston; why, she wonders, would Labor leader Mark Latham agree to such a thing? Webdiary oracle Robert Bosler -- in a piece promoted on the SMH website's front page -- explains:

Firstly, we need to understand the political climate we are in. Idealism is great for use as the overall measuring stick, and we must remain centred there. We have of course been removed, and in fact removed ourselves by allowing it, from a place anything near ideal. So, what is really going on?

I don't know, Robert. Something to do with Jews? Ask Margo.

The mass mind is known also for the fact it is impressed upon. While individual viewpoints exist, these exist because of what is given to that mind, whereby that mind has its thoughts shaped by what is given to it. There is, if you like, no deeper or clearer insight made by that individual mind, and it enmeshes into the mass.

Imagine the individual mind that reads this and thinks: "Wow! Here's something for the front page!" Bosler next considers what may occur when an election is called:

Mark Latham is then more of an equal contender. He is not now. He may be regarded as such, but in terms of power, he is not, not now. And then as the general public grows in interest, he breathes more energy. The more interest from the general public, the more energy. With energy, comes greater focus and power and forthrightness, for the one who is in contention, regardless of how much of those things he had before: the key has been thrown onto the table, and that gives energy naturally to the one who would pick it up.

This explanation doesn't satisfy Margo, who accuses Latham of "collapsing the energy [he] has built up among citizens". At this point the piece dissolves into a Beckett-like existential discussion between two people who have no idea where they are, what they're doing, or why they're alive. Also, one of the characters speaks in the all-knowing voice of a television kung-fu wizard:

Margo: Why did he do this, Robert. Why?

Sensai Bosler: Mark Latham has not collapsed the energy built up among citizens. He has collapsed the illusion he was anything but a politician. Of course he has made mistakes; we all knew he would. But the energy you speak of has not been collapsed. Further, what has been collapsed is the illusion that we would immediately and from this terribly divided national condition, exacerbated for nearly a decade by Howard, fight on the grounds of an ideal national way. That is not the playing field we are on.

The energy you are speaking of is a latent energy. You and your readers will find in him more of what you are seeking at that moment.

Bosler has spoken. Be at peace, my children.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 4, 2004 02:08 AM
Comments

Heh! Margo must be "Grasshopper".

Posted by: The Real JeffS at August 4, 2004 at 02:19 AM

I don't understand any of this except that the writer is on some powerful drugs. And maybe the SMH, as well.

Posted by: c at August 4, 2004 at 02:24 AM


"The mass mind is known also for the fact it is impressed upon."

Ah, yes. The mass mind. In Lilek's unforgettable phrase, that "sodden mass of lumpenproles" whom the Lefties claim to champion from their intellectual Mount Olympus. Too stupid to think for themselves, the masses must be protected from their illusory "free choices."

Wanna have fun with a foreign Lefty? Next time you hear them rail against the evil of McDonald's in their homeland, ask them how often they eat there. When they give you a horrified "Never!", ask them what makes them so much smarter and more resistant to corporate propaganda than their benighted countrymen who do. Then tell them what elitist cunts they are.

You can do the same with Michael Moore. Just make it something besides McDonalds.



Posted by: Dave S. at August 4, 2004 at 02:26 AM

Anyone remember the character "Dr. Wolper" in the _The Dark Knight Returns_ and how he compared the public mind to a vast sponge as a means to blame Batman for the Joker's crimes?

This reminds me exactly of that. Someone with a blog ought to scan that page and do a little photoshopping.

Posted by: Ash at August 4, 2004 at 02:36 AM

"Mark Latham has not collapsed the energy built up among citizens."

Goddamn monkeys, real live monkeys, could randomly pick words from a dictionary and make more sense than those two nim-rods. I want to be a journalist at that newspaper. Good paycheck, and the only expense would be to buy a word-picking monkey.

Posted by: David Crawford at August 4, 2004 at 02:50 AM

"When the wind bends the bamboo who knows for whom the bean shoots"

Makes as much sense as Bosler.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at August 4, 2004 at 02:53 AM

This Bosler guy is solid comedy gold. I mean, the parody is too perfect to be anything but intentional, right?

I mean, nearly any sentence or paragraph is, if you read it closely, almost totally devoid of actual meaning. Everything he writes draws the instinctive response "WTF?" It is really difficult to write that badly - try it sometime. It has to be intentional, right?

I say pairing Margo the crushingly obvious and utterly humorless with a sly comic trickster like Bosler is stroke of genius.

Posted by: R C Dean at August 4, 2004 at 03:22 AM

The mass mind is known also for the fact it is impressed upon. While individual viewpoints exist, these exist because of what is given to that mind, whereby that mind has its thoughts shaped by what is given to it. There is, if you like, no deeper or clearer insight made by that individual mind, and it enmeshes into the mass.

Why is it, that when I read this incredible paragraph, I was suddenly struck forcefully with a mental image of Edvard Munch's "The Scream"?

http://www.art.com/asp/display_artist-asp/_/CRID--25/the_scream.htm?RFID=054402&FT=Y&TKID=2724013

Posted by: Rebecca at August 4, 2004 at 03:33 AM

I was waiting for the bit where he starts explaining John Howard succumbing to the Dark Side of the Force.

Posted by: donnyc at August 4, 2004 at 03:33 AM

But isn't the deconstruct of what Bosler and Kingston are saying here the true essence of that deeper, more mass-minded, Australian meta-physics that was first revealed -- perhaps by way of preparing the rest of us -- by Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee?

Posted by: TK Moore at August 4, 2004 at 03:38 AM

Gasp... pant... unngg....

I.... am not.... (groan) ... a MASS!

AAaauuuuuuuugghhhhhh!!! Must... fight... NnnnoooOOOOOOO!

Posted by: Brian Tiemann at August 4, 2004 at 03:42 AM

Damn you Real JeffS!

Posted by: CurrencyLad at August 4, 2004 at 03:43 AM

Is all this energy breathing going on down there driving your gasoline prices down? Just wondering...

Posted by: Daniel at August 4, 2004 at 03:44 AM

That guy makes even Mark Morford sound coherent.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at August 4, 2004 at 03:49 AM

Great minds think alike, eh, CurrencyLad? ;-)

Seriously -- I've heard this sort of meta-physical drivel before. And I have usually judged the speaker to either be deranged or one slick scam artist.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at August 4, 2004 at 04:00 AM

If the free trade agreement means we have to read those morons here, then screw that treaty. Margo and Bosler should be rocking on the porch at the rest home, drooling at the trees.

Posted by: gary at August 4, 2004 at 04:14 AM

Having just been spellbound by electric fields ,linking books and mumbo jumbo of "Uru", I took a break and linked to tim blair's site and WOW more MARGO JUMBO !
Before you set up a circle of permanganate crystals to protect yourself from this witchery of the new leftoid, it is essential that you obtain an original copy of ONE DIMENSIONAL MAN by Herbert Marcuse the Grand wizard. PLace it in the center of the circle.
Recite (sotto voce) the "Ode to Tom Blair".
The book will vanish and you will be cured of the Leftoid curse.

Posted by: davo at August 4, 2004 at 04:32 AM

huh?

Posted by: Jonny at August 4, 2004 at 04:40 AM

First, Latham "has the most horrifying job in the country. He has to walk a tightrope... He has to do it daily." Then, he is always "straddling the great divisions, and doing so flying blind." Fortunately, Latham's spirit can be replenished, since "the key has been thrown onto the table, and that gives energy naturally to the one who would pick it up".

For Australia's sake, let's hope Latham picks up that magic fusion key as he tragically balances mid-air, straddles chasms and flies blind, and locks Bosler away for statutory metaphor abuse.


Posted by: no key and enervated at August 4, 2004 at 04:52 AM

The trade agreement is 1100 pages long.

If any SMH reader seriously believes Margo and BoBo are on top of it intellectually, then the Herald's readership is more far gone than anybody has imagined.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at August 4, 2004 at 04:59 AM

Oh thank god it's not just me who read this and didn't have a clue what they were talking about. For a moment there I thought that perhaps alzheimers had set in overnight and I was just discovering it now.

Posted by: MB at August 4, 2004 at 05:18 AM

Kinda had a Star Wars moment myself, Sensei Blair:

That is not the playing field we are on.

'Those are not the 'droids you're looking for...'

Posted by: Roger Bournival at August 4, 2004 at 05:39 AM

Jesus H. Christ. My brain hurts now. Who knew retards were allowed to be journalists?

Posted by: Amy at August 4, 2004 at 05:55 AM

After reading this little nugget, I was reminded of an academic hoax with a purpose a few years ago. I did a little googling and found this on Amazon.

The Sokal Hoax: The Sham That Shook the Academy

Here is a brief synopsis from the same web page:

From Book News, Inc.
May, 1996: physicist, Alan Sokal publishes his "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" in the Duke University journal, Social Text, edited by Bruce Robbins and Andrew Ross. The article's prose, heavy with quotations from Derrida, Harraway, Deleuze, and Lacan was also thick with poststructuralist buzz words. Sokal argued that gravity was a fiction society agreed upon but needed liberation from. Sokal then revealed in Lingua Franca that he had meant the article as a parody. Sokal's submission and subsequent revelation turned into a story about the "science wars" that made it to The New York Times. The Sokal Hoax documents the controversy with Sokal's article and revelation, the responses by the Social Text editors, and then reactions from the likes of Katha Pollitt, Stanley Fish, Bruno Latour, George Will, and many others. The volume ends with two post-hoax reflections from Andrew Ross and Sokal. No index or bibliography.Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Posted by: RandMan at August 4, 2004 at 06:00 AM

Surely Margo can enlighten Bobo why Latham has betrayed us?

"the fundamentalist Zionist lobby controls politics and the media and has recently pressured the Labor party to sign the free trade agreement between the US and Australia"

all I had to do was cut and paste and add a line or two.

Posted by: Rob at August 4, 2004 at 07:15 AM

aaah - but do they know Saddam Tiger Claw?

Posted by: attila at August 4, 2004 at 11:26 AM

Re Bosler: I don't think the Star Wars comparison is quite right. Not even George Lucas aspired to this level of tendentious waffle.

I think a better comparison would be the "Matrix" sequels, which reputedly had the longest closing credits in cinema history. Someone with time on their hands should scrutinise them closely and see if they can spot Bosler hidden away there somewhere as a script consultant. (Bear in mind they were filmed in Sydney).

Posted by: tim g at August 4, 2004 at 11:29 AM

I'd like to give both of them a good dose of energy. On second thoughts, maybe not; has anyone considered the horror of a giant, mutated Margoyle?

Posted by: Habib at August 4, 2004 at 11:47 AM

In the meantime, all this Margo Mangeing has allowed Phil off the bloghook.
After the mortal wounding by his ex sparring partner, who has come to his quick senses, he issue a lame refutation on yesterdays Australian opinion page.
Will Christopher launch further broadsides and will we see Phil vanish beneath the waves for good ?
Or will Chris in an act of magnaminity put out a helping hand to his drowning ex comrade?
Hopefully the saga is not yet over.
How come you missed this exciting Soapy TIM ?


Posted by: davo at August 4, 2004 at 11:49 AM

For heavans sake, somebody send her a box of crystals, so she can sit under her pyramid and chant...

Posted by: heebee at August 4, 2004 at 11:55 AM

My brain hurts now.

How can I be expected to trade the market and make money for my clients and myself when my brain hurts?

Posted by: Razor at August 4, 2004 at 11:58 AM

Incredible. They've both been watching too many Kung Fu reruns. Does the eagle envy the nest of the swallow, Margo?

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at August 4, 2004 at 12:19 PM

The brains ... free the minds to use the brains ...

Posted by: EvilPundit at August 4, 2004 at 12:39 PM

I tried this-
- Print out the whole thing
- Apply lemon juice and heat
- Turn the page upside down and read it in a mirror
Still makes no sense whatsoever but it takes your mind off it for a while

Posted by: graboy at August 4, 2004 at 12:39 PM

And tomorrow Sensai Bosler will show us how to drive your hardened penis through a board! HHHEEE-YAAH!!!

Posted by: Amos at August 4, 2004 at 12:47 PM

The whole thing is a satire, right? It has to be. It can't not be.

Posted by: ilibcc at August 4, 2004 at 01:05 PM

That is information I want to have.

Posted by: Sortelli at August 4, 2004 at 01:06 PM

Ya know, I've always admired people with the intelligence to think on a much higher plane, and put their advanced thoughts into words you and I can easily understand.

Anyone know where they are?

Posted by: rinardman at August 4, 2004 at 01:19 PM

Wow.

Take philosophical idealism and run it through an addling machine, and this is what you get.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 4, 2004 at 01:42 PM

What the hell are you people putting in the Foster's down there?!

Posted by: richard mcenroe at August 4, 2004 at 01:45 PM

One again Tim Blair just cuts and pastes Margo's words and says they are stupid! But the energy you speak of has not been collapsed!!!

Posted by: Darp Hog at August 4, 2004 at 02:54 PM

Robert Bosler is an anagram for Retro Slobber. Go figure.

Posted by: Hanyu at August 4, 2004 at 03:30 PM

Margo walks into a bar.

Someone says...

"Drink (pause) Grasshopper?"

Posted by: Stan at August 4, 2004 at 03:41 PM

Update- I think there's already been as movie made involving a Mutant Margo. A word of warning, fellas- if you take her out, on no account accept an invitation to neck, or give a little head.

Posted by: Habib at August 4, 2004 at 03:50 PM

Forget Margo, she's on the hydro.

Posted by: jafa at August 4, 2004 at 04:05 PM

Randman,you can generate your own random senseless postmodern paper at this site,I just did ,it takes a bit of time though,changes each time yet is still a post mod fabrication.
www.elsewhere.org or www.sydneyline.com.au
I suspect Bosley has downloaded one and inserted Lathams name to add authenticity yet totally dupe Margo.If that isn't the case I agree with RC Dean, pure comic gold.

Posted by: gubbaboy at August 4, 2004 at 04:31 PM

"I mean, nearly any sentence or paragraph is, if you read it closely, almost totally devoid of actual meaning."

It hurt reading and trying to follow along.

Sad part is this garbage was promoted on the SMH website's front page. Who would want to put this on the front page? I bet it didn't help entice anyone to visit.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at August 4, 2004 at 05:18 PM

Yeah, Habib, and after the Deadly Mantis she gets atomic bombed and mutates further, to become....The Blob!AAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! Run for your life!!!!

Posted by: Freddyboy at August 4, 2004 at 05:25 PM

Ah. The meaning becomes clear.

Australia has never been as a peoples['] one nation. We've been terribly divided all along.
Posted by: drscroogemcduck at August 4, 2004 at 05:43 PM

Man I wish I was his coke supplier. He must go through thousands of bucks a day to make his mind that fucking warped.

All his talk of collapsed and built up energy had me thinking he was running for the seat of Kingsford Smith.

Posted by: scott at August 4, 2004 at 11:36 PM

"Hmmm, you idea's intriguing to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter."
- Homer Simpson

Posted by: LB at August 4, 2004 at 11:48 PM

Honestly and trooly, you people don't get it.

Bosler is showing generous insight into the minds of us, the unthinking spongey mass.

He HAS to say what he said as it's 'nuanced' and only interpretable by the superior minds of the SMH's elite readership. It's all about pandering to the SMH's 'AB' demographic, remember?

It's how they're able to maintain left propaganda as the 'truth.' And oh-so conveniently meshes with the world-views of innner-urban upper-income professionals. (you get the picture - think Green, Balmain, over $60k p.a.)

Posted by: Romeo at August 5, 2004 at 01:00 AM

As usual Timmie gets it wrong. In fact Bobo has written an essay outlining the nature of fuhrerprinzip as it relates to Lark Mayhem .All this talk about the spongiform masses needing to be led you can just imagine the candle lit masses goosestepping while supervised by Larkie.

Posted by: Prof Shytononmouse at August 5, 2004 at 05:41 PM

Use the Schwartz, Margo. Your Schwartz is undoubtedly bigger than Robert's.

Posted by: Clem Snide at August 5, 2004 at 10:53 PM

Your twits are at least more entertaining than our twits. Here in the U.S. we proles would need access to a faculty lounge, or attend an art opening, to access such polysyllabic drivel. You should feel privileged to have commentators who can insult your intelligence on such an exalted level.

Posted by: Dave Sheridan at August 6, 2004 at 05:14 AM