Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Monkey Puke Of The Millenium

My My! How the mighty have fallen
Prem Panicker shows us a live demo of how one can make a complete fool of himself. Never play to the gallery filled mostly with stupid audience. Never sacrifice logic for emotion. Never bank on patriotism to compensate for lack of common sense and moderation.
I should kick myself for assuming that this author, once upon a time, had more intelligence than the extremely retarded people who comment below the articles in rediff.com

14 comments:

Arun Sundar said...

Your topic makes a lot of sense :) He got completely swept away by emotions! Poor fella.

I said...

Journalists don't mean what they write (one hopes). They want to cater to their perceived readership. If that assumption is true, it makes all puke irrelevant. But if anyone from the media believes he/she says, that is the beginning of the end of civlization.

Ah, I make such profound statements.

sundar said...

beyond a point I couldn't get myself to read that link :) . good lesson there on how badly one cud get swayed away by emotions.

raj said...

You dont want to write a post that touches the other extreme? I mean, Aussies are smart,sledging is a way of life, it's honourable, Indians suck etc?

Anonymous said...

And whats your take on objectivity. Wait to see what the zealots are saying and immediately hang to the diametrically opposite view. Is that what rationality is all about? Just because the idiotic Aaj Tak went to town with glee about Australian 'beimaani', does it immediately exonerate Ponting and Co. - I mean the fact that a notorious news chaneel denounce them become an alibi for the goodness of Ponting and co.?
As I said, you pounce on every slip by the members on the Indian zealot side of this controversy while studiously ignoring or refusing to comment on the equal and opposite other side.

siva said...

Hi,Loved ur ramayana series.beautifully written.Prem does make some valid points here even though it all sounds very filmy.There is a lot of logic in his post.Will you point out what exactly is wrong about prem's post?

Hawkeye said...

raj,

you assume too much. whats sledging got to do with India losing the game?

anon,

no i think India may have a point. Telling your point clearly is as important as having a point. i think indians are doing a bad job of telling their point in a logical fashion because of which the credibility is slim. Right now they media is closing its eyes and crying and throwing the biggest tantrum ever. Whatever its doing its not making a cogent point.

gasquet Fan said...

What about greatbong?

krishnan said...

I'm surprised to know that you still read rediff despite the bullcrap they deliver almost consistently with every other article.

jillumadrasi said...

That Rediff is crap-shit. Seriously, Prem shouldn't be part of that scumbag outfit.

Apparam eppudi errukey Hawku -- enikke Tirupavai Upanyasam ketan. Un nyabagam thaan vandathu.

Raj said...

I can't understand the hype. But,if we were to comment that it's just a game, we would be labelled as pusillanimous cowards incapable of defending the country's honour. Not that I mind being called that, but I don't want to give these patriotic jokers another chance to clog the blogosphere.

Anonymous said...

Sledging has got nothing to do with India's loss, true. But I dont care about that aspect. Really, what irritates is Ponting's posturing. The guy's no Steve Waugh, who probably did the same thing but with more class.
The point is while it is easy to laugh at the jingoistic Indian takes on this, most of the Western media's "India is trying to browbeat, dominate, we have to stop their domination" etc are equally laughable. Lets not bring Cricket into this for a momebnt - this is a clear situation where the western countries are not able to take it when the same bile they threw at others is thrown at them.
That, to me, is the funnier situation. I mean, anyone can take a potshot at Aaj Tak or Indian media for its laughable coverage - it takes skill to point out the equally stupid arguments presented by Craddock, Booth etc. Grand Standing is the term Booth used. Who is grandstanding - the guy who said "You cannot question my integrity , Iam GOD" or am I missing something here?

And Ponting himself - didnt he give enough mirth to us with his behaviour? I think Prem stooped there but some of the points he makes are worth making even with the stoop. Why do these guys have to chest-beat about India running away with the ICC? Especially considering that BCCI willy-nilly has achieved nothing. The ban on Harbhajan hasnt been lifted and will most likely be implemented after the dust settles down - we got Bucknor out yes but one would hardly say thats undeserved. The man had to go in the interest of Cricket. Just because India were the ones who forced it doesnt mean it was wrong. And there is no guarantee that we'll receive good decisions from Billy either. Change of umpire is never a victory - you never know even if the best umpire is going to have a good day or a bad day. So, by changing the umpire, nothing material has been achieved by India. OTOH, Aussies have got away with some bad behaviour(I mean, the absymal over rate, clear dissent at umpiring decisions, brining the game into disrepute with over appealing and claiming bump catches(for which Rashid Latif copped a ban) etc) , claimed the moral high ground, and have really ceded nothing.On top of it, they have made the BCCI and India look like arm-twisters.

With this background, Craddock etc complaining is even funnier to me - it shows they are so ignorant they cant even seem to recognise a victory for them. In my view, thats more pathetic than clever Prem, who has killed two birds with one shot - one is to pander to the low life that will increase Rediff revenues with the jingoistic article - at the same time, the article is as credible or as discredited as a standard article in a Aussie broadsheet or an English newspaper. Everyone is taking stands that exaggerate, including Roebuck et al who have now gone back to India is dictating terms etc. So,why should we grudge Prem Panicker doing that? I mean, we dont have to be jingoistic but shouldnt we atleast give the same rights to an Indian as we give to an Aussie or an English journalist (ie.) the right to be jingoistic in a stupid manner without being ridiculed by Hawkeye ?
:-)

Chillifrost said...

I didn't know of Panicker until one of his blog posts was featured on cricinfo.com two days ago in the context of the Sydney fiasco.

Panicker doesn't use logic in his arguments. I wonder what he did to get his blog featured on cricinfo when my smart 'ask steve' letters to cricinfo (used to be questions about stats, but now they are just invective-laden diatribes). On that note, screw all writers on cricinfo too I say; they are either too simplistic or a load of nonsense. But sticking to the original subject, yeah, Panicker sucks.

By the way, see http://clean-bowled.blogspot.com/2008/01/inside-story.html
for the inside scoop on the Harbhajan-Symonds affair.

Chillifrost said...

Posting again, because I realized I ate a few words earlier.

I didn't know of Panicker until one of his blog posts was featured on cricinfo.com two days ago in the context of the Sydney fiasco.

Panicker doesn't use logic in his arguments. I wonder what he did to get his blog featured on cricinfo when my much smarter and focussed 'ask steve' letters to cricinfo (used to be questions about stats, but now they are just invective-laden diatribes) are never published. On that note, screw all writers on cricinfo too I say; they are either too simplistic or a load of nonsense. But sticking to the original subject, yeah, Panicker sucks.

By the way, see http://clean-bowled.blogspot.com/2008/01/inside-story.html
for the inside scoop on the Harbhajan-Symonds affair.