In today’s SMH, Jonathan Biggins thinks the youth of today are apolitical and conservative because…. a review in Honi Soit (the Sydney Uni student newspaper) didn’t like the political jokes in his latest play. The issue containing the review isn’t yet online, but a glance through the previous issue of Honi Soit reveals articles in Sir Joh, VSU, Vietnam and fair trade. In fact, if anything there seems to be too much politics in Honi.

C’mon Jonathan – if you’re going to argue with anecdotes rather than data, at least you can find something that’s vaguely representative. Not surprisingly, the "article" ends with a plug for the play.

Update, 12/5: Miranda Devine couldn’t be bothered picking up a copy of Honi either.

Disclosure: I was an Honi editor in 1993. We won office as "the Naked Truth" team… not the most visually appealing election campaign ever….

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4 Responses to Advertopinion

  1. Andrew – The Fairfax press likes this kind of rubbish at the moment – the Natasha Cica article you blogged on, the Sushi Das piece in The Age last week basing a critique of Howard’s Australia on one anecdote.

  2. Sinclair Davidson says:

    No links to your campaign material???

  3. Andrew Leigh says:

    Sinclair, there was only one member of our team who performed the full monty in front of a lecture theatre. The 1st year med students promised to all vote for her if she ran naked from the front of the theatre to the back, and she duly obliged. Odd really – you’d think doctors would be the least excited by nudity.

  4. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Not really, depends what she looked like. When I lived in the halls, close to the med-school, there were many ‘doctors’ in residence. While they were very clever, they didn’t lives. They also tended to have the maturity of 17 year olds. On doing the full monty, we had the tradition of streaking around our sister residence, and the nurses residence, after our annual leavers dinner. In these far more serious times, I don’t know if such a tradition could or would survive.

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