The Smartyhost blogging awards for Australia’s best blog have been announced with an alleged artist who….wait for it…..travels the world at the Australian taxpayers expense recording the sounds bridges makes, winning the award.
The Bridge Girl Travelling Diary documents Jodi Rose’s travels to the most interesting musical bridges in the world and was described by the judges as “an excellent example of the unlimited nature of blogs”.
The Australian blogosphere isn’t to impressed however. Trevor Cook describes the Blog as a Barry Crocker (shocker). The comment threads on Problogger make for entertaining reading. Tim Blair points to the issues of Government assistance being given to this girl. Charles Wright at The Age writes about the voting process being rorted.
For me, this extract taken from Laratus Prodeo from her blog sums up the complete stupidity for me….
“Wondering if it really is that important that I record bridge cables – I mean, how f#*%ing ridiculous. Who came up with this lunacy??? And I guess the answer is, well it’s important to me, so it IS valid and relevant as an occupation. A calling. I could go off on my anti-useful rave here, about how we need to create gaps in the fabric of cultural production, that doing something incredibly useless and silly (apparently), actually serves a really important purpose in society and culture, as it allows us to be human. Take time off from being utilitarian cogs in the wheels of capital and industry, play, imagine, be curious and let that curiosity and sense of fun guide you.”
That’s right fellow Australian’s: we are paying for this shit with our tax dollars!