"Get Angry. The BBC is a Disgrace and a National Humiliation"
- Professor Tom Devine
Prof. Devine and others, in a recent roundtable discussion, months before the referendum, ask if what we are seeing is a 'melting away' of the auld 'Scottish Cringe' witnessed in the energetic Media discourse leading up to the referendum.
First of all let me try and explain what I think folk mean by 'The Scottish Cringe'. I would describe it as a deep irrational feeling of shame, which triggers an apology for ones own existence, voice, in those affected.
Many others have noted a 'culture shift' a 'melting away' of this old ontological malady, among Scotland's younger whippersnappers.
Lesley Riddoch, in her recent podcast, talks about such a sea change, illustrated in the grassroots swell of democratic discourse bursting out from the seams of twitter and facebook into the mainstream media, and continuing its travel out into the energising of the wider scottish political imagination - even now in the aftermath of the referendum:
What is stunningly, smacking and stotting into the canon lenses and iphone cameras - is the images and voices of many, from Scotland's traditionally, more disenherited communities; among: Glasgow, Dundee and many other nukes and crannies of hidden Haggisland - leading the charge.
Not only are these voices, no longer choking, but kinda croaking - into life; bristling with humour, exhibiting unabashed sincerity, and, piercingly, creative nous - articulate as a swiss watch wi a scoattish accent!
'The BBC...is an abomination" - another erupts, as Prof. Devine jumps in, to concur - cubed:
"Scots stop cringing and rubbing your hands"
"The BBC is a Disgrace and a National Humiliation"
"Get angry and Do something about it"
In other words, I'm picking up the feeling of encouragement and sense of excietment; generated by these young ones. No more 'wee voices' in the midst of the expertly played tubas and horns; drowned out, and outgunned by the dominating cultural discourse of the BBC.
Get Angry. Get constructively angry. But get angry. Do not ever let the big media bullies, lazily, effortlessly, manipulate you into apologising for being angry about their behaviour. That is the oldest trick in that well read 'tome' - leaning nonchalantly, on many an Oxford, Cambridge, or Fettes library shelf:
'Empire Craft For Idiots'
Aye, You'll usually find it next to:
'The Media is the Massage' by Mr. McLuhan, and
'Child protection: It's For Their Own Good' by Jimmy Saville.
So Get angry at the BBC, get angry at the chocolate factory of Savillle that has been taking captive the masses - and their wee ones- for unelected mighty ones above, through cultural seduction, political manovering, edited slight of hand, and the wizardy of the ancient triadic spells of old Albion - in electronic garb:
'now then, now then, now then' - Mr. Saville
'Be afraid, Be afraid, be afraid' - Mr. BBC
and say, in oor ane voices:
Enough! auld Trickster; begone wi ye!
your days are numbered.
Wizard of Oz - You are fired!
Prof. Tom Devine Discussion: