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Adam Baruch Scores - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
May 8th, 2005
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Adam Baruch Scores
אדם ברוך, חד כרגיל:
סטנלי פישר נכנס לעבודה, ואנשים שפגשו אותו אמרו שהוא מרתק. בינתיים מי שפגשו אותו הם עשירים, או אליטת האוצר ובנק ישראל. אומנם גם לרתק עשירים זה לא תמיד פשוט, אבל הכי קשה לנגיד בנק זה לרתק עניים.

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From:avva
Date:May 8th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
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Seems more like the usual knee-jerk baiting, to me. "Oh, here's [a bit of economy-related news]; how can we spin this into bemoaning the state of the economy, wailing about the poor and the hungry, and mocking the 'elites'? "

"Hmm, people who meet this guy say he's fascinating. Not much to go on, but what can you do. Off we go!"

Possible variants:

1) if people who met Fischer said he seemed friendly and vivacious: "of course, the economic policy pursued in Israel hasn't seemed friendly to poor people in many years, but hey, as long as you look friendly to the rich and the elites, it's OK, right?"

2) if people who met Fischet said he seemed distant and inaccessible: "if the rich and the elites can't get him to listen to them, imagine what luck the poor people will have!"

And so on and so forth.
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From:dorable
Date:May 8th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
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:-)

גם לי זה נראה כמו עקיצה די זולה.
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From:ijon
Date:May 11th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
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see below.
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From:wildernesscat
Date:May 10th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
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Exactly, the mass media people are cranking the cliché-machine again.
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From:ijon
Date:May 11th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Sure, it's not an argued statement, just a jab.

But is "rich people found Fischer fascinating" really "a bit of economy-related news" in the first place?

Baruch's column is a voice, not a piece of reporting that strives to be objective. As such, he chose to jab. I chose to sympathize.
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From:avva
Date:May 12th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Sure, it's not an argued statement, just a jab.

It's alright to write a jab; it's the cheapness of it that is jarring.

But is "rich people found Fischer fascinating" really "a bit of economy-related news" in the first place?

It isn't, but that wasn't the news, was it? I believe the news bit was that "people who met him [at his new workplace, where he just started working]" found him fascinating. Now, people who met him would be his co-workers, or perhaps people from the Department of Finance, or maybe bank representatives. If some of these people thought him fascinating, that is a bit of gossip that's indeed relevant to economy, if not terribly informative.

Baruch's column is a voice, not a piece of reporting that strives to be objective. As such, he chose to jab. I chose to sympathize.

It is a voice; and your introduction of this voice, which I haven't had the pleasure of listening to before, leaves impressions of cheap manipulation and baseless, hollow, populist rhetoric.
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From:avva
Date:May 12th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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(by which I mean, of course (woe to unclear me) that it is his voice, not your introduction, that leaves those impressions)
From:beleghilien
Date:May 11th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
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Your journal seems really interesting.
Mind if I add you?
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From:ijon
Date:May 11th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Certainly not. LJ is about being public. Welcome!
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