I’ve now gone through one ‘addiction’ that really isn’t one: a pre-disposition to chemical dependency which I have always had and was lucky enough to know about before it became a problem. I’ve also talked about one addiction, in this case a specific chemical dependency, that I have recovered from. Now it’s time to talk about self-inflicted addictions.
Monthly Archives: March 2009
People talk about addiction a lot in our culture. Let me rephrase. People talk a lot of crap about addiction in our culture, to the extent that people have started treating ‘addiction’ and ‘very strong preference’ as synonymous in colloquial language. Hyperbole is all very well, but not when it kills people; and the systematic devaluation of the term ‘addict’ in society is doing exactly that.
I’m writing about this as a kind of prologue to an investigation of the politics and psychology of prohibition, both in general and with specific reference to some of the things which are prohibited in the Europe-influenced Western socio-economic hegemony. Continue reading
“The prime minister has said it’s not acceptable and, therefore, it will not be accepted. And it might be enforceable in a court of law, this contract, but it’s not enforceable in the court of public opinion”
Sometimes, I read things in the Metro which make me very angry. This was one of them, though it took a little while to build up steam. Good lord, what on earth is she talking about?
The Court of public opinion? Meaning the one with no oversight, no accountability, no checks and balances: the one dominated by the Daily Star and by Richard and Judy? The court of public opinion, though I might not like it, does exist. It’s the court which decides who wins the X-Factor. It’s the court which watches Big Brother. It’s the court which can’t tell paedophile from paediatrician.