The Election is Good For Politics

This election is good for politics.  For all this time we felt vaguely that things weren’t too bad at the government end of things. The government was being kept on a fairly central course by their alliance with the Lib Dems and by Ed Miliband’s perspicacity. And all along we’ve been wrong.  From underneath the PR skin, a veritable morass of dirty dealing, false promises and downright lies have surfaced and it’s not just inside the government, it’s inside all of the political parties. “George Osborne is a very dangerous man” says Nick Clegg in the latest issue of GQ. I’m sure he is but I’m also sure that given the same level of power you’d be just, if not more dangerous. David Cameron says of Ed Milliband “he’d stick a knife in your back”. Yes, and you his. Ed’s winning the election war because he’s being Mr Niceguy (and because he’s coming into his true strength). It’s unfortunate that he’s with Ed Balls who has a bulging brain but is disinclined to use it on matters of economy.  Nick Clegg is quintessential Mafia godfather material. Given time his voice will reflect this more and more. All the political parties have become reminiscent of Mafia “families”. This is much more interesting.  When are we going to get more women into politics to sort it out?   Below is a picture of the Home Secretary Theresa May, not the porn star Teresa May …………..
Theresa May

So What’s it all About When You’re Trying to Make Conversation?

By Marc Abraams

So…… in this era when so many people use the word “so” to begin so many of their sentences, one scholar has written 3 studies analysing what happens when people begin their sentences with the word.  Galina Bolden’s first “so” study in 2006, explains that some people use the word as a way of “moving on with a conversation that has been temporarily stalled” (“So, how are you?).
Her 2nd “so” study, in 2008, is called “So what’s up?”:  Using the Discourse Marker So to Launch Conversational Business.  Bolden, as associate professor of communication at Rutgers University in New Jersey, expands on the earlier idea.  Yes, “so” is good for kickstarting a talk that has stalled.  But it can also be a strategic weapon for launching a conversation directly at its intended target:  “So, are you looking for a job?”
If you use “so” as a strategic response to a strategic “so” opening, explains Bolden, “it may suggest your undersanding that both parties have equal rights.”
(sic this is also a mirroring strategy)
If you are on the receiving end of a “so” strategic phone call, you can use “so” to clarify the caller’s aims, or to redirect the conversation.
Bolden’s 3rd “so” study, in 2009, explores how people use “so” to bring a conversation back to some topic that was getting unfocused or over-looked.  She calls this “emergence from incipiency”.
(sic “so” began in the UK as a stalling strategy)

So, how are you?
So, how are you?

Marlene Dumas – Painting is not Speechless

On a visit to Tate Modern I came across some writing by Marlene Dumas.  I’ve always been fascinated by the connection between images, sounds and speech.  A good speaker creates pictures in our mind, a good painter creates words in our mind.

“Drawing is closer to whispering in someone’s ear,
While painting is more like the ear itself.
It contains all that has ever entered there.
It listens more than it speaks.It throws speech into the dark.
Painting is not speechless.
It overflows.
It is a drunken mermaid’s song.
Marlene Dumas 1993

Marlene Dumas