chas smith has his own peculiar demons
Doing the deadline
Thinking surfers are the exact sorts of people that flourish underneath the fluorescent lighting and prepared bedside meal deliveries and incontinence and visiting hours of nursing homes. They are the exact sorts of people that flourish when nobody, except for people exactly like them, is listening. How fun! How the best kind! – Chas Smith
The short quote (above) was lifted from here and although I don’t for a moment recommend you read the link I would suggest that it is an example of surfing literature/ reporting / opinion / editorial / that is very relevant today – and I feel that the powerful emotives displayed here so unashamedley should be examined in a heartfelt way. I’m sure that the lad means well.
Chas has taken some five minutes to mount an impressive attack on this place; an attack so wicked (that’s a good word) and so full of grandmotherly polarism that we need to take some careful note of his words – seeing as how he represents so many millions in the water. Chas is the future is he not?
This will not take long.
I would like to refer to the opening para lifted from Chas’s opinion piece – that’s the stuff in italics up ^ there, and I would appreciate it if you folks stood by me while I play the deconstructionalist in this instance, or as Derrida may well agree – I would like to demonstrate the incoherence of Smithy’s position. OK if I can be that familiar Chas? – Lets pretend we are mates.
(1) Nobody, no thing flourishes under flourescent lighting – Flourescent lighting is a gas discharge lamp that uses electricity to discharge mercury vapour which in turn produces short-term ultra-violet light that in turn causes a phorphor to flouresce.
(2) ‘ Prepared bedside meal deliveries and incontinence and visiting hours of nursing homes ‘ Quote.
This is a tough one Chas – We are supposed to equate nursing home food to incontinence and visiting hours is that right? Perhaps your dear old uncle shat in your hand when you visited him that day after he had eaten – am I close ? Dare I say that the sentence has a unhealthy reek of ageism and just a touch of Nazism – after all it is well documented that the Nazis used the ‘ Stab in the back ‘ – the ‘ Dolchstosslegend ‘ as the reason for their defeat in WW1. Now that’s a dreadfully long bow to draw Chas I know, but at least it’s a better sample of bullshit than can be found in some surfing magazines, don’t you think?
Then again perhaps you don’t, Chas.
Surely you do not need to manufacture enemies Chas, a man in your position, a magazine as powerful as yours, so many avid young readers – Why this indefensible reference to the weakest in our society? The oldest.
Are you still with me Chas? Need to think it over a bit matey? (there’s that troublesome word again) Want to to check with Nana …?
– and forgive me here if I have presumed that English is your mother tongue Chas, we are such a cosmopolitan society these days, especially the editorial board of that fine magazine you represent, and if it is the case indeed that some other language is your mother tongue then let me congragulate you on your fine effort to make sense of what, to you, must be a complicated subject. Top marks old boy, very well done. Keep up the lessons.
Lastly (3) – ‘People only flourish when nobody but their own kind listen to them ‘ Quote – ?
Tell me I’ve grasped the thrust of your closing position; you are saying that closed societies flourish better when nobody else listens to them –
Questions, questions and questions – nevertheless Chas Smith, we need you in the surfing press, you and your like – you make us think.