I may well have posted about this word before. It is my blog and I can cry if I want to.
It is a word I use rarely. I use it in moments of drama or for emphasis. I deplore the way the way it is used in every sentence by a certain demographic. Well, more than one demographic really.
I first heard the word publically broadcast on ABC radio in the eighties, spoken by an ex minister of religion Terry Lane, who now writes a camera column for The Age Green Guide, the local paper's tv and radio supplement.
Around the same time I heard the word on television, in a rather grim Aboriginal tv play. Think The Street and Redfern Now, and go even blacker (no pun intended) and grimmer than that. An Aboriginal in the show said fuck.
The word went on to be heard very often on our ABC. But now? Do you even hear the word fuck now on our ABC? I am too old to stay up for Rage. Maybe you hear it in music clips. Our ABC has even broadcast the c word, quite a long time ago.
More recently the c word was used by a comedian on ABC 2, and premier ABC radio broadcaster Jon Faine gave him a very hard time about using the word. Personally I think it was quite an appropriate word to describe Nigella's ex husband and Faine was being a little too prima donna like for my liking.
Our ABC has become a very tame beast now. Satire using irony has almost disappeared. You won't hear the word the derogatory word for Aborigines, boong, on our ABC anymore. You won't see satirical racism used to make a point.
The list of shows through the 70s, 80s and 90s presented by our ABC that challenged mores, society and especially politicians is long. Where are they now? Gruen is challenging and clever, but too clever at times. I am not sure that the Chaser has any more wind in it. There was a great and perhaps too slick consumer show last year, but I have forgotten the name.
I'd be happy to see some shows from our ABC that are a little rough around the edges, but somewhat more challenging.