WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING…
…to our pastime? Our hobby? Seems every day I find or read something that just is so out of touch with what it is we do. Besides all the new technology and increased competition, we seem to still find a way to tarnish our image. Here’s a sample of what I am talking about….
The comments kept coming, and of course there were more photos of weapons. Kind of a “my gun is bigger and badder than yours” back and forth. Thankfully this morning the entire post had been deleted….
Are discussions like this really necessary on metal detecting sites, blogs or pages? Aren’t there more appropriate places to talk about guns, and have we really reached the point where we have to carry a weapon to protect ourselves? Sheesh, with so many tekkies dressed in camo, toting shovels and diggers, don’t we already have enough to worry about?
I know I am older, and not up to snuff with all that’s going on within the hobby today, but if this is it, I am very happy to be in my twilight years. Now go ahead and ‘shoot’ me down!
A QUICKIE FROM HOWLAND
Another Own Goal for the Maestro of Unintended Mirth
Paul Barford along with his mate, the hedgerow sitter and serial detector-shop eavesdropper, Nigel Swift, (aka Heritage Harry), are surely the equivalent of the ‘Keystone Cops’.
Apparently in an attempt be seen as clever, even witty, whilst simultaneously insulting all collectors and detectorists, the aforementioned Barford, an enthusiastic cuddler of Cold War Communism (also known as Warsaw Wally, aka Warsaw Willy amongst his more printable monikers) who on flimsy evidence claims to be an archaeologist – writes on his clichéd and hackneyed blog:-
“The French theorist Jean Baudrillard once noted that collecting mania is found most often in “pre-pubescent boys and males over the age of 40”; the things we hoard, he wrote, tend to reveal deeper truths”.
So who is this bloke Jean Baudrillard who Barford uses to give pedigree to his abuse?
His obituary appeared in The Guardian newspaper (UK) on Wednesday 7 March 2007, the day after his death noted that Baudrillard:
“…departed at the age of 77, attracted widespread notoriety for predicting that the first Gulf war, of 1991, would not take place. During the war, he said it was not really taking place. After its conclusion, he announced, imperturbably, that it had not taken place. This prompted some to characterise him as yet another continental philosopher who revelled in a disreputable contempt for truth and reality.”
One British interviewer went so far as to describe Baudrillard as a “philosopher clown”. You might be forgiven for asking – supposing Baudrillard’s musings are right – whether, “pre-pubescent boys and males over the age of 40,” also collect antique Japanese prints, classic oil lamps, and Greek helmets? I think we should be told.
Philosophers it appears do not have the monopoly of buffoonery. Tut, tut, Barford, you really MUST do better than this! Hahaha!