Thursday, January 15, 2009

'Emergency Demonstrations': Oxymoron cubed

Recently I've been introduced to a concept so strange and bizarre, that it needs to be shared: The Emergency Demonstration.

I really have no idea what it means, so maybe an example is best:

You invite some people for lunch.

They say "yes, great; love to come."

Two days before the event someone from the invited party calls and says "Sorry about that, but we can't make the lunch. An Emergency Demonstration has been called, to protest against the slaughter of Palestinians by the Israelis."

I'm not even going to go into questions like whether attendance at any demonstration is to be considered more important than a nice social get-together among friends and family. Those are personal decisions that one can either respect or not.

But they have nothing to do with the whole bizarre nature of an 'Emergency Demonstration'; especially if said demonstration is honestly and truly and absolutely not going to make sparrow's fart of difference to whatever the 'emergency' pertains to.

I'll just leave it at this, because there's no point in belaboring the concept. I mean, in order to discuss something it has to have some meaning, something coherent that allows one to analyze it in semantic terms.

But 'Emergency Demonstration'?

Could this be the ultimate oxymoron?

Maybe we're onto something there!

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