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Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 08:38 am
The good ad man

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thomascott
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Thomas Scott
Fri, Apr. 4th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
The Nice And The Good.

Playing the inquisitive devil's advocate for the marketing men?
Suppressing a knee-jerk prejudice against the sort of person you 'should' despise?
If this is where is the territory you intend to explore with your right versus interesting debate then so much to the good.

Arden does sound like a fascinating character, I'm not completely buying his 'the government are responsible' line but his lectures sound like conceptual art.
His religiosity is off-putting but his idea to build a mosque on Ground Zero is wonderfully inflammatory stuff coming from an ad man.
You have presented an intriguingly contradictory character in Arden, someone whom I'd rather spend a bus ride with than some right-on bore whose politics and worldview I would find more 'acceptable'.
To employ a personal allegory: it is a little like my preference for the composer Charles Ives over Aaron Copland, Copland has all the right personal credentials but Ives the workaholic, hymn-loving, insurance executive is just so much more interesting...


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