The Dim-Post

December 31, 2014


Filed under: blogging,personal — danylmc @ 6:33 am
  • I’ve got quite a bit of writing to do next year, on two separate books, so blogging might be light.
  • A couple of weeks ago I decided to give up twitter. I’m supposed to be using my idle moments to think about my writing, and instead I was using them all – and then some – to check twitter, or think about stuff to say on twitter, so this was just about freeing up some mental space.
  • But two weeks of not-being-on-twitter made me realise something: somewhere along the way twitter became completely awful, and not constantly exposing myself to – and participating in – this endless cacophony of advertising soaked shrill, mean-spirited outrage is a wonderful experience. I encourage other compulsive twitter users to try it.
  • Update: the more I think about writing, and social media and left-wing activism, the less sense it makes for me to spend my time and energy generating unpaid content for tax-avoiding, libertarian Silicon-Valley billionaires to monetise. The blogging is fun though, so that’ll probably continue.
  • Also, too – my wife no longer works for the Green Party. She’s moved on to a job in local government. This’ll make it a bit easier for me to criticise the Greens if I think they do anything silly – or, compliment them without looking like a total shill. I’m still a member of the Greens, and hopefully this year I’ll find some time to contribute to the party. First priority: get them to change the name of their regional newsletter from ‘Wellingreen’ to ‘Anything else’.
  • Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading.


  1. Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this. Happy New Year to you.

    Comment by Lee Clark — December 31, 2014 @ 6:56 am

  2. Have a good year and thank you for your efforts in the past

    Comment by rayinnz — December 31, 2014 @ 8:35 am

  3. Maybe it’s me, but a guy who’s married to someone who works for the Greens sounds more able to be objective about them than a guy who’s a member.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — December 31, 2014 @ 10:58 am

  4. Happy New Year, Danyl. Thanks for this blog and I hope you keep on writing. A haven of leftish sanity.

    Comment by eszett — December 31, 2014 @ 11:20 am

  5. Happy New Year to everyone! Roll on 2015.

    I deliberately decided to not go onto twitter, trying to be snarkily pithy is impossible when you know Dorothy Parker has already said it all, and better. Instead, it is better to just imagine what Dorothy would have done to Paddy Gower.

    Good luck with the books!

    PS you should think about allowing the occasional guest post.

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 31, 2014 @ 11:42 am

  6. PPS – what eszett said as well.

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 31, 2014 @ 11:43 am

  7. By far the best left blog around. Your tolerance for a wide range of discussion also suggests liberal tendencies not usually apparent in that part of the spectrum. When someone on twitter can match Dorothy Parker’s, “Ducking for apples? Change one letter and its the story of my life,” the medium will have well and truly arrived.

    Comment by Tinakori — December 31, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

  8. Merry Holidaze! And good to hear you’ve given up the snark machine.

    Can I suggest “Absolutely Positively Green News”? Or is that joke too old?

    Comment by Moz in Oz — December 31, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

  9. great blog. Thank you!

    Comment by pb — December 31, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

  10. Danyl owns. Twitter can be a hell of an echo chamber.

    Comment by buttwizard69420 — December 31, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

  11. Fair enough. I’m still finding Twitter’s fine if you just try and interact with grown-ups. Thanks for the blog this and every year. I might not always agree with you, but I’m always interested in what you think.

    Comment by russell brown — December 31, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

  12. Do you still intend to do “something” about all the stuff described in Nicky Hager’s book, or has the irritation faded?

    On Twitter, I find it goes down much more easily if I simply don’t bother to follow (a) New Zealand political journalists, and (b) political bloggers and commentators (no offence intended, Danyl). In truth I do follow some of these, but I leave them shunted off in a separate list which I rarely see until a political Twitter spat gets repeated somewhere like Stuff by a journo who’s decided to publish through a medium other than Twitter.

    Comment by izogi — January 1, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

  13. Twitter is still more interesting and informative than watching television. I’d rather read a book though.

    Comment by George — January 2, 2015 @ 11:04 am

  14. Happy New Year, Danyl. Thanks for your blog. I enjoy your writing and points of view. My personal (old) fav is your “Spider God” piece. More please!

    Comment by d d b — January 3, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

  15. “…this endless cacophony of advertising soaked shrill, mean-spirited outrage…”

    I am still away on holiday and in only intermittent touch with the online world, but I get the same jarring feeling when I do check the likes of David Farrar. I pity the constant parade of entitled injustice, pro-right US propaganda and culture war click bait he seems to think makes up the world. Going on holiday is a such a great idea for most of us, you get to step back and realise there is more to the world than screeching. Mind you, old Farrar seems to spent half of 2014 on journeys re-tracing the white man’s burden and none of it seems to have done him any good, if his blog’s content is any guide.

    And of course if that is Kiwiblog, I am glad I don’t read Cameron Slater.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 4, 2015 @ 11:09 am

  16. I am glad I don’t read Cameron Slater.

    You only say that because you’ve lost the art of moving your lips as you run your finger along the words..

    Comment by Joe W — January 4, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

  17. Twitter seems to have become all about people expressing their political opinions.

    But no one actually gives a shit about other peoples political opinions, its just not that interesting.

    Comment by Grant — January 5, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

  18. Yep. That explains the complete failure of Twitter’s popularity. Other people’s opinions just aren’t that interesting.

    Comment by izogi — January 5, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

  19. @izogi,

    I think Twitter’s popularity can be explained by the fact that many people suffer the misapprehension that their opinions are interesting.

    (He says, posting his very, very interesting opinion on a blog comment thread.)

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — January 6, 2015 @ 9:51 am

  20. @izogi, sorry but no, political opinions are predictable and just not that interesting. For example, how many people genuinely find Bomber “interesting”? With him its like watching Formula 1, you secretly do it waiting for the crash to happen…

    Comment by Grant — January 6, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

  21. It beats me how many people find him interesting. I don’t read Bomber’s blog or follow him on Twitter or gaze over how many followers he has, but I hear rumours that some other people like to do that for some reason, and your exclamation’s consistent with that. I have trouble understanding why political opinions on Twitter can be declared as boring-to-everyone when so many people interact with each other over them. Aside from those who pump up their stats artificially, why is (eg) the number of followers someone has such a bad metric for measuring how much interest there is in stuff they say?

    Comment by izogi — January 6, 2015 @ 7:33 pm

  22. “…It beats me how many people find him interesting…”

    Well, we are sitting on the deck of our bach polishing off our fourth bottle of wine as the sun sets, and I wish to favour you all with the opinion that Bradbury sucks.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 6, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

  23. So why do you and so many others all read and talk about him so much?

    Comment by izogi — January 6, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

  24. One thing I’ve noticed with twitter is how much argument and bad feeling is to do with the specifics of the medium – following unfollowimg subtweeting etc- and what that’s supposed to represent in terms of In group out group emotional dynamics.

    Confirms my recent conversion to the medium is indeed the message.

    Comment by NeilM — January 7, 2015 @ 7:29 am

  25. The idea you can conduct a sophisticated conversation in 140 characters is an obvious absurdity, which is why twitter is primarily a egocentric exercise in trying to showcase how clever you can be in as few a characters as possible. Maybe the likes of Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde could make twitter work, but Patrick Gower is no Wilde and Judith Collins is definitely no Parker. So you are left with a cacophony of also-rans and wannabe Danny Zukos.

    As for Bradbury, I think he was revealed by the general election to be a political snake oil salesman. Before then, he was given the benefit of the doubt by a lot of people who assumed he must be privy to some sort of information (polling, insider knowledge, God) to be making his claims and assumptions. You don’t need to be a genius to work out that the biggest loser from the dirty politics saga has been Cameron Slater, he’s finished. But the 2014 election was the end of the line for Bradbury as a person to be taken seriously as well. Can they come back? Who knows? New Zealand is a small place with a very limited talent pool.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 7, 2015 @ 7:47 am

  26. Bomber’s problem has always been that he can’t envisage any left wing movement that he isn’t at the heart of.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — January 7, 2015 @ 8:54 am

  27. Bomber’s problem has always been that he can’t envisage any left wing movement that he isn’t at the heart of.

    You’re a living saint. I’d been picturing him with his head wedged firmly up quite another part of the dictatorship of the proletariat’s metaphorical anatomy.

    Comment by Joe W — January 7, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

  28. Stop tweeting, or doing anything around the house, and write those books.

    And in passing, let’s note that Danyl was quite wrong when he predicted that the supremely irrelevant Jamie Whyte would be rewarded with a Herald column after the election last year. It’s turned up in today’s edition, so 8 days late.

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — January 8, 2015 @ 6:12 am

  29. Happy New Year, Thanks for this blog and I hope you keep on writing.

    Comment by Za3xpert — January 8, 2015 @ 7:16 am

  30. Definitely happier when I spend less time on Twitter and more time writing / thinking / staring into space. STILL, hard to stay away.

    Comment by Sarah Jane Barnett — January 29, 2015 @ 8:37 am

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