"Diogenes the Cynic" lived some 2,400 years ago. In the subsequent centuries 'Cynicism' got a bad name precisely because it sought to challenge the pronouncements of society's dominant culture in a satirical manner. The ideal Cynic evangelises, as the watchdog of humanity, duty bound to show those involved in the popular debate the error of their ways.
This blog seeks to maintain that 'cynical' spirit through the critical use of imagery, distorting visual concepts and metaphors, to show the true sense of issues in contemporary social and political debates.


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Diogenes' Lamp – 2016 posts index

inc image 'Swearing Oaths?'

18/12/2016

"Swear an oath to 'British values'? I thought this was a Christian country, and in the 'Sermon on the Mount' Jesus said that we should not swear oaths." (see Matthew 5:33-37)

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inc image 'Identity crisis'

18/12/2016

"Technological Society has created some identity issued we need to deal with"

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inc image 'Drop of dew'

13/12/2016

"The world can look clearer when viewed through the mists of an early morning..." Taking inspiration from the fog of confusion.

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inc image 'Bliar, match-maker'

08/12/2016

"Perfect match made. Now once I Tweet this, they'll beg for me to come back"

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inc image 'Javid's blowout'

06/12/2016

"Javid: 'Cash subsidies for fracking well-spent, despite recent accidents..." Pressing ahead with fracking in complete and willing ignorance of the sciece; what will they say next?

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inc image 'Christopher Robin reveals "we're in a JAM"'

26/11/2016

The times they're a changin', and we need to seriously think about our commitment to progressive change against the 'engineering of consent' for walls and political repression...

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inc image 'Big Brother Inside' (Twatter version)

20/11/2016

With the wide-ranging powers of surveillance and personal intrusion sanctioned by the newly assented 'Investigatory Powers Act 2016', the expected 'terms of use' of the British public and their electronic gadgets has just been completely re-written. [This is the 'Twatter' version of the concept]

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inc image 'Big Brother Inside' (Facebroke version)

20/11/2016

With the wide-ranging powers of surveillance and personal intrusion sanctioned by the newly assented 'Investigatory Powers Act 2016', the expected 'terms of use' of the British public and their electronic gadgets has just been completely re-written. [This is the 'Facebroke' version of the concept]

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inc image 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Political Party'

17/11/2016

The least few days I've seen so much on social media about the impending reign of "the Donald" Yeah?, so?. We've had a similarly right-wing bunch of 'nutters', back by various shades of bigotry in politics and the media, in charge over here since July. It's just that we're more "British" about it.

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inc image 'The Dark Before the Dawn'

16/11/2016

Recently people have started to bemoan the winter, and the lack of light. Thing is, people often miss one of the best, most dazzling part of the winter season; the dawn. But to see the dawn in the countryside you have to set off in the dark, and perhaps that discourages people from viewing the spectacle.

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inc image 'Corbyn's PMQ's shocker'

08/11/2016

Another spontaneous meme. I saw the picture, and musing on Corbyn's recent PMQs performance, and the media's lacklustre review of it, imagined the kind of stunt he'd need to pull off to get the lead in the next day's media headlines.

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inc image 'Million Mask March 2016'

04/11/2016

The whole 'Guy Fawkes'/'V-for-Vendetta' thing is, in my view, fundamentally a consumerist response to our ill-functioning democracy. It's not so much contrived, as controlled by the narrative of consumerism. Seriously, if you want to be "radical", there's no point buying a 'V'-style Guy Fawkes mask. A TRUE radical would infringe Warner Brothers registered design and make their own!

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inc image 'Halloween 2016'

30/10/2016

Please don't read my memes for what's readily apparent. Sometimes the real meaning lies deeper (yeah, another portent of "the Donald")

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inc image 'Corbyn... crucifixion's too good for him!'

2/10/2016

Corbyn's re-election seemed to only enrage the media even more. Then I saw the image of Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy getting a selfie in the studio, and I couldn't resist making the parallels.

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inc image 'Gollum's sudden post-Brexit reality check'

23/10/2016

The problem with 'post-truth' politics is that when it wins, reality tends to reforge the content of those political objectives very quickly. The fact that 24-hours after the Bexit vote the £350 million/week extra for the NHS had disappeared is one such example.

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inc image 'Trump's childhood and parenting'

20/10/2016

You can get mad at "the Donald"; many seemingly despise him. Personally, I think my views are tinged with pity. To what extent do the trappings of a rich, elite upbringing destroy our basic human emotions? And in case you haven't noticed the date on this, I thought it was obvious he would win!

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inc image 'Sublime nature'

18/10/2016

It was a beautiful morning, early in January 2016, when I decided to go out for a walk before the dawn. As the rising sun caught the mist on Crouch Hill, south-west of Banbury, I realized the kernel of an idea that has grown over the course of the year.

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inc image 'May vs Gollum'

15/10/2016

In some ways it's quite good to have a Prime Minister with a hidden and spontaneous talent for gurning!

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inc image 'Pooh, Piglet and the Brexit vote'

14/10/2016

Pondering the fallout from the political conference season, it came to me... "Pooh sulked as he strode from the Hundred Acre Wood. He would forgive Piglet anything, except voting Brexit."

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