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Posted By: Toaster in the Bath

Posted On: July 21st
Views: 174
Daily Fail

Wayne, thanks once again for an interesting question and a comprehensive list of options.

I'm surprised that (as I write) two people have voted for Discography, their imperial phase greatest hits. However, I would like to posit a Pet Shop Boys greatest hits LP not on your list as causing me the greatest cognitive dissonance. It's their LP Story.

I distinctly remember in in issue of Literally, Neil talking about the poisonous homophobia espoused by the newspaper which cover-mounted that compilation CD, and him urging Pet Shop Boys fans not to buy it. He's right. It is not just homophobic, it is racist, misoginist, and has a history of fabricating made-up stories as news articles to the extent that Wikipedia have named it as the only newspaper in the UK they will not quote as source. I think the poisonous bile of depressing hatred and misinformation that it spreads around Britain has done great harm to this country, that to put it as mildly as possible it is a waste of a tree, and that it's online version is now increasingly spreading this same horrible manifesto around the world (admittedly without using up so many trees)

Why would Pet Shop Boys, who had voiced their agreement with me on this issue, then allow their new greatest hits collection to be published by this organisation and only sold under the proviso of one of the "news"papers being bought alongside it? That, to me, is not just a cognitive dissonance greater than any of Pet Shop Boys' meanderings through musical genres, it is also a moral dissonance.

So what was I, a Pet Shop Boys completist, but one certainly disabused of this moral dissonance (and unaware that the CD could be purchased on Discogs for a mere 20p a few years later: https://www.discogs.com/Pet-Shop-Boys-Story-25-Years-Of-Hits/release/168 0209 ) to do?

As I walked to the shops that sunny Sunday afternoon I hatched a cunning plan. I went into the newsagent, bought the morally repugnant publication then gave the newspaper minus CD back to the vendor, telling him "I don't want that thanks, I only bought it for the CD"

"Oh" he replied, "that's funny, a lot of people have been saying that today".


Posted By: Pulo

Posted On: July 21st
Views: 165
RE: Daily Fail

"...It is not just homophobic, it is racist, misoginist, and has a history of fabricating made-up stories as news articles to the extent that Wikipedia have named it as the only newspaper in the UK they will not quote as source. I think the poisonous bile of depressing hatred and misinformation that it spreads around Britain has done great harm to this country, that to put it as mildly as possible it is a waste of a tree..."

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I am speechless. I could never think of something like that happening in such a developed country as England.

Sadly, the same is happening here in Brazil thanks to politicions coming from the Right Wing and also to homophobic, racist, misoginist evangelist preachers who infest our politics.

But their best hability in to create "news" (fake news in fact) which spread at light speed. Overnight a bunch of lies turn into truth, while the real truth goes to limbo.

The internet (which should be a tool for information and knowledge) became a weapon for alienation.

And this seems to be a global trend.


Posted By: Paulo

Posted On: July 21st
Views: 164
RE: Daily Fail

I am Paulo, not Pulo as I wrote it. My mistake. LOL.


Posted By: Wayne

Posted On: July 21st
Views: 154
RE: Daily Fail

Thanks, Toaster, for your very thoughtful post. In light of what you've written, I'm sort of sorry I didn't include "Story" among the choices. But then that would have opened the door to many other special releases, so it's probably best I didn't go that route.

Thanks again!

Wayne


Posted By: EW99

Posted On: July 25th
Views: 80
RE: Daily Fail

You still gave the Fail your cash though so struggling to see what moral high ground you can claim.

Not that I'm claiming any, I bought the filthy rag for the CD as well.


Posted By: Taren Capel

Posted On: July 25th
Views: 64
RE: RE: Daily Fail

Hard;y cunning.

Paid for the newspaper and then returned the paper to the newsagent so he could sell it again. No wonder the Mail on Sunday sells so many copies.



Posted By: Taren Capel

Posted On: July 25th
Views: 63
RE: Daily Fail

*Hardly


Posted By: Toaster in the Bath

Posted On: July 29th
Views: 18
RE: Daily Fail

Taren and EW99,

admittedly I was using the phrase "cunning plan" in the Baldrickian sense. Having said that, who the (swearword) would buy that newspaper without a Pet Shop Boys CD?


 

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