Tuesday 21 January 2020

Banality republic

* I find it hard to understand why we entered a singer for the Eurovision noise and banality competition when we had the more relevant expertise of Jedward available.

* I find it hard to understand why we entered a singer for the Eurovision noise and banality competition when we had the more relevant expertise of Jedward available.

When will we wake up to the fact that banality is an imaginative art form?

Music, as we know it, has had its day; noise is here to stay. We should open our arms to the possibility of becoming a banality republic. Music is a figment of the bourgeois imagination.

The great advantage of the noise movement is that there are no rules – nothing to inhibit the free flow of indiscriminate sound.

There is noise all around us; we should celebrate it as if we can't get enough of it.

We should liberate ourselves from the constraints of music and start living. This is the age of the decibel where everybody is a prodigy.

Our children should be exposed to this world of arbitrary noise where they can all have a go, repress their inhibitions, cut loose and defy the laws of gravity by letting their hair up.

Schools should be compelled to develop a cross-curricular policy on noise, so that students are prepared for the real world, not the dying world of music.

Additionally, all educational institutions should intensify the banality movement, by helping to dispose of the idea that dance is concerned with patterns of disciplined movement, rather than with pure arbitrary gyration.

Even nature is catching on; there are fewer song birds in our garden. We now regularly awaken to the attractive monotonous tone of the pigeon, giving us a break from the now outmoded, dulcet tones of the blackbird and the thrush.

There are exciting rumours to the effect that Louis Walsh is going to take charge of the proposed new ministry for noise and banality.

However, I am not convinced that he is sufficiently tone deaf to meet the demands of the new post.

Philip O'Neill

Edith Road, Oxford


* At last, a man of my own heart (Padraic Neary, Letters, May 21). Are we alone in thinking that technology, for all its advantages, and there are many, also has a dark side?

In my opinion, not only does it wipe out jobs by replacing human beings, it is slowly turning people into zombies who cannot last a day without Facebook, spell, or hold a conversation without flicking through their phone. More importantly, people no longer understand the importance of keeping their lives private.

Like everything else in life, unless we are directly affected, we really pay no attention. If technology doesn't rob you of your job, why care about anyone else?

When you walk into a bank, you are greeted by machines, the same with supermarkets. When you go to an ATM, it will probably dictate what you can take out, in other words, you have no control over your own money.

When you ring most companies, you find two minutes later you are still being spoken to by a machine.

Day by day we are becoming willing zombies who just accept what is thrown at us. We love the term "fighting Irish". In my opinion, we have become complacent fools who, quite frankly, deserve what we get.

C McGarry

Co Dublin


* How can you tell that the bite in Apple's logo is not the bite from Ireland's taxman? The bite is too big.

Kevin Devitte

Westport, Co Mayo


* Perhaps, after all, we are not the Apple of the EU's eye?

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont, Dublin 9


* John O'Connell opines that "You come to God, to Christ and to the church through love and not law" (Irish Independent, May 22), citing "compassion and understanding" within the Catholic Church.

In reality, of course, individuals and in particularly children, come to "God, Christ, and the church" through the abhorrent practice of childhood indoctrination.

From the psychological perspective of a child, this is the law, masquerading as love. Yet the difference is quite stark, considering the fact children are incapable of understanding and accepting such theological, philosophical and fictional concepts under their own volition. It is, actually, forced upon them. A distinct lack of compassion and understanding.

Gary J Byrne

IFSC, Dublin 1


* I was typing the word Dail into my smartphone when it 'corrected' the word to Fail. I reckon it's more than a smartphone, it's an intelligent phone.

Conan Doyle

Co Kilkenny


* The hope offered to Irish and other undocumented by the prospect of genuine immigration reform in the US (Illegal Irish get chance to step out of shadows, Irish Independent, May 23) will be greeted with relief by thousands.

However, that hope stands in stark contrast to the frustration, distress and heartache being caused to those in a similar situation in this country, where successive governments have failed to introduce a streamlined, transparent and modern immigration system. Our politicians would do well to learn from the lead taken by US President Barack Obama.

As a first step, the Government should introduce its long-awaited policy on family reunification, and set out clear rules for Irish citizens and migrants legally living here who have been torn apart from loved ones.

A clear and transparent appeals system is also needed and there are many other areas in need of reform, including improved access for workers who can help fill the skills gap in many sectors.

Our political leaders were quick to mobilise our full diplomatic and lobbying ability in Washington, to bring about reforms there, now it is time they looked closer to home.

Denise Charlton

Chief Executive

Immigrant Council of Ireland, Dublin 2


* The truth has now been shot at by so many people and nations, that it may well decide to crash-land into their very heartlands.

If it does, you may be sure that the resulting shockwave will be the equivalent to that of a maximum magnitude earthquake.

There won't be too many reputations or shibboleths left standing after it hits.

Patriots, Kevlar and Star Wars missile defence systems will not offer any protection.

What say you that the "hawks" are given the job of coming up with an even better description than "shock and awe" to describe the aftermath?

It should keep them suitably engaged, while a true and believable audit of the real state of world affairs, is carried out by somebody other than any of the Big Four.

Before I am accused of being a seer or soothsayer, let me say that I am neither. Anyone who has attempted to predict the future in the past has failed to be outlandish enough in their speculations as to what has actually transpired.

After all, Shakespeare himself wrote: "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Liam Power

Angel's Court, San Pawl Il-Bahar, Malta

Irish Independent

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