Poison Deviny
Classic Miranda, 2008: While oral language and iconography - pictures - are important, it is the written word that has helped us most to think. To elevate pictures and sounds to equal status is to rewind human evolution and primitivise the brain. Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay Politics And The English Language that if you can’t write you can’t think.
That’s a pretty racist idea disproven by early 20th century anthropology. Even if you were to excuse Orwell which I wouldn’t Miranda’s use of that quote in support of literacy is disgusting.
Classic Miranda, 2007: First, there was outrage over an unremarkable plan to ask new Catholic school principals and religion teachers to make “the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity as an expression of their dedication to Catholic teaching”. This “goal” takes up three lines of a 31-page draft plan distributed to parishes for comment and posted on the Sydney Archdiocese website for a month. But it raised the ire of dissident Catholics at online magazine Catholica, which ludicrously beat up the issue as “Orwellian-style tactics borrowed from the totalitarian states of yesteryear”.