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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

The more time people spend online, the more interested in politics they become

In the absence of any energy from me, check out Tim Worstall’s latest Britblog Roundup – it features a couple of things from this very site, so it must be good…

Oh, and as us bloggers (and apparently our readers) are all so omphaloskepsisary, this article from the Sunday Times on the growth of e-politics may be of interest. Apparently, “the more time people spend online, the more interested in politics they become”.

Either fascinating or a load of old bollocks, depending on your point of view.

(Oh, and in case you didn’t spot it, today’s Word To Make You Sound Pretentious was omphaloskepsis – the act of contemplating one’s own navel, or navel-gazing)

Just past midnight update: Good, if entirely unrelated, stuff from The Obscurer – “nothing short of complete totalitarianism, a sort of The Prisoner meets 1984, can prevent terrorists from murdering people if they are determined to, and if the intelligence just isn�t available.”

Oh, and if you haven’t already, watch this.


  1. Nosemonkey

    I agree with no2, bollocks. If that was true, USA would be the most politically interested nation in the world.

    Best thing is never to trust these 'scientific' surveys, unless you know who was asked, what questions and when. Reminds me of Yes minister episode where 2 different surveys produced opposite results for public opinion on the same issue

  2. omphalosomethingorother. Now that's a nice word. Not that I'll be able to remember it, but I like it.

    Need to try to find an opportunity to use it now.

  3. Perhaps proof of being an omphaloskepsist is that when I originally saw the word, I thought it had 'fisk' somewhere in it.

  4. Thanks for the link (very kind), and the trackback. Yours is the first ping I have received! So you win a prize of my appreciation.

    I only installed the trackback last week and it took ages to get it right, and I began wondering why I was bothering ("no buggers going to trackback anyway"). In the end it just became a source of pride; could I actually overcome my nonexistent HTML knowledge and just follow some basic instructions.

    Thanks for making the effort more than just an academic exercise!