What Does Everyone Think? [THREAD NOW CLOSED]
Monday, 12 April 2010
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!
(If you would like tickets to one of the recordings go to this website.)
Heresy is returning to Radio 4 ! But not yet, not yet. First, we have to plan it. And when I say “we”, I mean me (the host), Brian (the producer), Charlie (my co-writer) and you.
For those who weren’t here this time last year, or haven’t caught it on the radio, Heresy is all about dismantling received opinions. Each week, we have three guests and three statements of opinion that most of the world would agree with. It’s the guests’ job to argue against the opinions – or at least to challenge them, take issue and shake them up a bit.
That’s where you come in. I don’t want to just make assumptions about what everyone thinks. Well… I’ll do that a bit. But this is a really good thing to throw open to the floor. I need to test the prevailing wind. Blow at me!
These opinions - they’ve got to be statements that the majority of people would immediately agree with. It can’t be issues where there are two broad and opposite opinions (like “You shouldn’t wear fur” or “There is no God”). It needs to be the kind of thing that at least 80% of a random sample group would agree with - like
There are too many repeats on TV
Transport strikes are bad for commuters
WAGs are bad role models
Politicians never answer the question
- stuff like that. So, what does everyone think? Tell me! If we get good ideas, we’ll use them on the programme – maybe a little bit reworded, maybe not – and I’ll find some sort of prize for the best one posted here. Or the best three. It won’t be an exciting prize, it’ll probably be a book token. But it’s the thought that counts.
General areas to think about are fashion, politics, ethics, pop culture, modern etiquette, sacred cows, film & TV, trends or (better still) just miscellaneous. Some of the best ones posted here last year were very specific and left-field opinions, like “A shellsuit is inappropriate attire for a court appearance”. The more specific, and the more current / zeitgeisty, the better.
I’ll leave this thread open for about a week before I decided who deserves the unexciting prize(s). But that isn’t to cloak the fact that I’m really just asking you for help - it’s the kind of show where we need the world to chip in. Mainly, I’m hoping that if you’re bored at work, it’ll kill ten minutes to have a little think about modern truisms and throw them into the pot. The internet’s a great way to kill time at work. (There, you see. There’s a modern received opinion right there….)