“You have to blame the times we live in to some extent. Made permanently moist in all the wrong places by the touchy-feely-I-hear-your-pain pyschobabble culture, it is not on any more to be seen to be saying something out of pure spite. Instead, you have to take a caring tone to deliver even the most malicious of opinions…”
“In my day — the shameless, shimmering 80s — we used sentences like shivs, sticking them right in the ribs of our adversaries while looking them straight in the eye and asking, ‘Want some more?'”
UPDATE — “Being a bitch will save the world”:
“And when you come back, since you’ll want to know who wrote this revelatory piece, it’s Julie Burchill — rhymes with Churchill! — a recently converted Christian who never attended college because she was too busy being a punk rock teenage NME contributor.
“Listen. Seriously, I’m going to say it now: every time you say something ‘mean’ that is not borne of insecurity or envy or hypocrisy or some other all-too-common society-feueled manifestation of a deficiency of conscience, you are DOING THE WORLD A PUBLIC SERVICE. There is not enough of it in this world. Really.”
From the comments:
* here here! I’m tired of being told I need to be nicer, sometimes people need to be smacked around otherwise they won’t grow the hell up
* We’ve become a society that can’t handle the truth, because we’ve soaked up the psychobabble to the point that we’re wet piles of muck on the carpet. We’re so busy worrying about hurting people’s feelings, or making points with others by denigrating someone, that we don’t see the reality of it all.* I think this has to be one of the most cogent articles I’ve read in a while.
* I’ve been reading burchill since i was 13 i credit her with a lot of my beliefs