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Monday, February 23, 2004

Mourning sickness feeds the feel-good factor

Interesting article in the Guardian today about ostentatious caring/grief tourism...

it fucks up as soon as the Civitas thinktank fella decides to entirely fallaciously conflate overt sentimentality with political commitment (but then AFAIK Civitas are a fairly dodgy rightwing thinktank anyway). but the report's cynicism about a phenomenon, that for my money reached its ugly peak with the Trafalgar Square candlelit vigil for fucking Linda McCartney, makes some reasonable points...

the whole argument was made much more coherently a few years back by Decca Aitkenhead in the Guardian again, who targetted on the same psychosis and pointed out that such crass, empty gestures (right thinking folks queueing up for days to sign Diana's memorial book) is the flipside of the same impulse that sees angry mobs try and drive paediatricians from their homes....





posted by dubversion at 11:41 pm

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