I was disappointed by Paul Barry on Media Watch last night (9th June 2014)... Paul's take on the Chris Kenny/ABC case was not as incisive as David Marr's deep analysis of the freedom of speech issue... Paul Barry was somewhat a bit too self-congratulatory for having made back-slapping remarks about the "case", very soon after the skit had aired...
I believe that Barry's remarks did not help the ABC's side one bit but then I'm not a journalist... It would have been more helpful to the future of the planet for Barry to expose Chris Kenny's erroneous views on global warming... But this is not what I am raving about today. I was impressed with Q&A last night. Well, I was impressed till Peter Coleman opened his trap.
Q&A last night was not about the usual politico-bum fights, but about the wisdom of the elders. And there were some tremendous points made by the likes of the Aboriginal elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Jane Goodall and Stuart Rees. Then Coleman started to blurt. He tried to dispute the fact that 95 (97?) per cent of scientists agree on global warming. Or that global warming was not happening... I am not too sure why he tightened his butt cheeks.
I think his views were that coal is a cheap source of energy and can help alleviate poverty in third world countries, solve health problems, etc... Of course we all know that a lot of pollution in China is caused by burning coal. We all know that small particles from burning coal can have detrimental effect on the health of people and most of us know that coal burning produces lots of CO2 which is a greenhouse gas. But that did not deter Peter Coleman, a right-wing writer former right-wing politician to argue the value of coal burning "because it's cheap"... This was the start of the downhill run by Coleman.
On the subject of Utopia, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, was asked about her own aboriginal experiences and she brought many twittering accounts to tears. Coleman had something to say about that. He was in favour of assimilation and of diluting the Aboriginal race until it blended in — I suppose like a light white chocolate colour.
Who knows, he may want to do the same with the middle eastern "race" or the Chinese, but I won't go there. What is scary is that his solution to the Aboriginal "problem" is very much in line with the present right-wing thinking in this country. The rightwingers don't say as much so overtly these days, otherwise they might be "Bolted"... But their version of assimilation is their own form of eugenics: make the problem disappear with the old Tasmanian solution, including eradication. I had punch ups with a few right wing geezers who presented this same "solution" to me in the early 1980s. I mean real punch ups. We got bruised... Most of these rightwingers had never seen an Aborigine and never wanted to see one. Anyway, Coleman also misunderstood the way Aboriginal kids were "institutionalised" for the "best" — basically removed from their parents, a process referred to now as the stolen generation. He also mentioned people such as Noel Pearson as if Pearson was on his wavelength... I don't think so.
Anyway, I kept watching my three (or five) TV programmes nearly simultaneously — by switching channels. It's educational and gives something for the blood to boil over like an overcooked tinned-soup forgotten on the stove... I kept an eye on the Australia/India Hockey match and I hope the captain of the Aussie team was not hurt too badly...
But after watching the humpteen repeat of Mythbusters on farts in a bath tub, I would rather talk to you about a Chinese programme shown on SBS, every Sunday at 7:30, called "If You Are the One"... It's about dating... It's a bit tacky but quite enlightening on life in China. It's far more honest and less embarrassing than "A Farmer Wants a Wife" or that other show where girls are tricked to believe they are going on a date with Harry... Blimey.
After a while, one becomes aware of the many dynamics driving China and its future. Same humanity like everywhere else in the world, except coming from a different upbringing. There is no religious indoctrination in China and yet the people there seem to be very "together' while being atheistic. As demonstrated here, it's possible to live a proper life without religion. Being human, good and true seem to be the driving force of hope.
Of course there are shonks and psychos in China as well. This is often a "medical" problem associated with a bad social response and attitude.
I don't think the proportion of thieves and mad people is more or less than in the Western world. We know that about four per cent of the male population and two per cent of the female population is completely psycho, worldwide. We know that our response to a certain degree of threat to our survival, shows we are nearly all psycho. The realisation is to know at which point we can snap and become total bastards.
But the social response and environment of individuals in non-threatening situations, is relative and varied: in some set-ups, some psychos will be trained, encouraged and rewarded for being "forceful", "competitive", "superior", "dictatorial" "ruthless". This is a great part of the Western indiscriminate way of pushing more psychos up the ladder of "success" and making life a misery for many others, those who are less "competitive".
Psychos can be born or trained by making them believe in some enlightened values about their self and of their god-given rights, in which caring about anything else becomes absent or their care is very selective to suit their own advancement. Thus come suicide-bombers and rulers of some countries that shall remain nameless.
There could be censorship in China but this does not seep through in this neat little show, which for all account seems to be very popular.. What is evident in the exchanges between male candidates and the gamut of available women, is a certain genuineness of people who are looking for a "life" with a compatible partner. Though the women are tarted up like little dolls, they show strong insights into their own vulnerabilities and individualities. As well, they demonstrate their idea of instinctive choice. And this is where China is misunderstood... In China there is choice, as long as one is not caught into the mystical and mythical unreality of religion that is not permeating the political framework.
Having to deal with 200 million young working men caught between city and rural environments is a feat of social structuring and planning, while still maintaining personal choice. Mind boggling actually. And China is coping well with all this, which is also happening at the same time as major changes coming with very fast progress. We also must acknowledge that China had to make very difficult choices on many fronts.
Some business people say that it is difficult to deal with the Chinese. There are reasons for this, not the least being that it is difficult to deal with Westerners in the first place. The opium wars have not been not forgotten. The tea wars are not forgotten. The West often likes subservient partnerships, including when dealing with its women, which of course most western cultures will deny this mistreatment hypocritically... The religious factor which place women in an inferior position, is still strongly permeating many Western outfits. Most religions respectfully place women as second rate, rather than equal. The Muslim religion is far worse but more open about its second rate treatment of women. China is dealing with secular life and on this "If You Are the One" show, we become aware that women can speak "their" own mind, develop careers, and be the one making a choice, independently of general male approval, but with the candidate's consent for a mutual equal understanding...
Fei Cheng Wu Rao (simplified Chinese: 非诚勿扰; traditional Chinese: 非誠勿擾; literally: "If not sincere then do not disturb", known in English as If You Are the One) is a Chinese dating game show hosted by Meng Fei. Loosely based on the Take Me Out format, the show is produced by Jiangsu Satellite Television (JSTV) and taped in Nanjing. It was first broadcast on January 15, 2010, and currently airs on Saturday and Sunday nights at 9:05 pm on JSTV. In 2013, the show began broadcast on SBS Two in Australia, in an hour-long version with English subtitles.
If You Are the One has been a ratings success in China and is now the highest-rated show for Jiangsu TV. Episodes are also widely distributed online. The show's popularity and social commentary has drawn attention of academics and foreign media, and after concerns from Chinese regulators in 2011 the show's format was tweaked to de-emphasize factors such as financial wealth.