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Friday, March 23, 2007
As I intimated a couple of posts previously I am recently back from a year away from home.

One thing that bugged me was that I wasn’t able to get any books when I was away. Well, I could have, but I am not interested in the Da Vinci Code or where men and women are supposedly from (I always thought they were both from earth) or any of that sort of bollocks.

Consequently, for the first time I got into audio books (downloadable) because I hate reading full books on the computer – it is just not the same.

I started to find it quite enjoyable to stick one on while I was pottering about the house doing housework and so on.

I have kept the habit since I returned and I was on my way to the shops listening to ‘The letters of Oscar Wilde’ yesterday and this little quote really made me laugh…

“It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving stone and could be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him and made him their industrious and well-paid servant.

In the old days men had the rack, now they have the press. That is an improvement certainly but still it is very bad and wrong and demoralizing. Somebody (was it Burke?), called journalism the fourth estate – that was true at the time no doubt but at the present moment it really is the only estate – it has eaten up the other three.

The ‘Lords Temporal’ say nothing, the ‘Lords Spiritual’ have nothing to say and the House of Commons has nothing to say…and says it.

We are dominated by journalism. The tyranny that it proposes to exercise over peoples private lives seems to me quite extraordinary. The fact is that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

Journalism, conscious of this and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.

In centuries before ours the public nailed journalists ears to the pump - that was quite hideous. In this century journalists have nailed their own ears to the keyhole – that is much worse. The private lives of men and women should not be told to the public, the public have nothing to do with them at all."

If you change the references to "the public" and "men" in general in the first and second paragraphs to "rulers" I think he makes a tremendous point and I couldn't agree more.

It is also a rather good comment on the celebrity culture we have now.

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posted by michael the tubthumper @ 11:40 am  
  • At 12:45 pm, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Project Gutenberg also has audio books - and they are free!!!

    I agree that there is little that is new in human behavior. Good post.

  • At 12:45 pm, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Audio books have saved me from living in total disrepair. Before them, I would read and only with great effort tear myself away to do things. Now, I go about gardening and other household chores happy as a clam - with a book in my ears. I find it sedating to have the audio book on when I have to wait excessively long. Well done on the Wilde quote, as well.

  • At 1:11 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    thanks mary

    and flimsy, nice to see you here. i knew about gutenberg but didnt know about the audio book part.


  • At 5:39 pm, Anonymous Mickey Z. said…

    Wasn't it Oscar who said: "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between"?

  • At 5:47 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    it was him indeed but you know what derrick jensen has to say about civilisation...

  • At 6:08 pm, Blogger Graeme said…

    I don't know whether to blame the newspapers that put pictures of brittney spears on the cover, or the people that read that nonesense.

  • At 6:19 pm, Blogger Aaron A. said…

    If you listen your way through Gutenberg,Librivox also has free audiobooks. They are all read by volunteers so they have a grass-roots independedt quality to them.

  • At 12:45 am, Blogger MichaelBains said…

    Today really is similar to the Gilding days of that Age. The MSM most emphatically so.

  • At 2:43 pm, Blogger Frederick said…

    I'll have to check these new fangled thingies out. I get no time to read anymore.

  • At 4:43 pm, Anonymous CV Rick said…

    I must agree, audiobooks are my own addiction. I'm fortunate enough to work where I can listen to audiobooks all day long. I convert them to mp3 and can load 5 unabridged books on my player at a time. On my blog I have a link to my audiobook inventory which lists the hundreds of books I've collected over time.

    I just listened to The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama . . . not only is it good, but read by the author, it's compelling. He's a fine orator.

  • At 8:31 am, Blogger sumo said…

    I haven't made use of this type of thing...but it sure sounds like a good thing.

  • At 5:40 pm, Blogger TheCultureGhost said…

    Outstanding quote. Should be printed up and sent to every major media organ in The States...let them chew on that for a while.

    I used to record books on tape for blind and learning disabled students at my job (eventually I was replaced by Kurzweill's "Perfect Paul"). It is a long and laborious process to put a book in a recorded format so that it is a pleasure to "read" rather than work.

  • At 2:03 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    thanks for the comments everyone good to see some new people too.

  • At 2:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is a great site which is relevant u r site.,which deals with mp3, Audiobook, Audio book, Ipod, Audio and all kinds of info.Audio books have saved me from living in total disrepair.I must agree, audiobooks are my own addiction. I'm fortunate enough to work where I can listen to audiobooks all day long. I convert them to mp3 and can load 5 unabridged books on my player at a time.

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