Anyway, the idea was to offer some harshly satirical words on his over- academic manner, and all the cliches about modern culture with its net- surfing and its short attention spans; but then along came Saturday's Kaleidoscope feature (Radio 4), a frankly embarrassing piece of propaganda for raves, in which Tim Malyon encountered some freakishly non-linear thought. Asked whether men ever bothered her at raves, one woman said: "You never get hassled, you obviously get, you know, the odd people, like, and then it's just, like, `See you later', really, isn't it?" Um, if you say so.
Elsewhere, ravers held a widespread conviction that opposition to raves was due to the state's fear that they might foster new forms of political thought and activity - as opposed to other people's fears of noise, traffic and drug-related crime. You didn't feel that the people Malyon was speaking to demonstrated much idea of how to identify with the characteristic moments of human finitude - certainly of Radio 4 listeners' finitude. This may have been propagandist in intent, but it failed to target its audience - one thing to be thankful for.Reuse content