I’m Free to Be Whatever I Choose


Viikko 3

: Jan 14th, 2018
Motion: THB that a democracy a la Montesquieu trumps a different regime at everything
Role: Whip (opp.)

We have gone to the bottom or core of things. The proposing side has dug up the usual suspects; examples of the best practises of the Western World, name-dropping (Francis Fukuyama and his essay), and the fact that the migration between dictatorships and democracies usually happens from the former to the latter (as in Russians moving to London) and not vice versa (as in Gerard Depardieu moving to Russia).

What I’m going to do next is tie the cords of my own side together into a knot (in a good way) and to offer a conclusive and comprehensive alternative to the gov. motion.

Our last speaker revealed to us the way our legislatures let us down. The first major upset is the fact that the opposition is not listened to during a four-year period of governing. Majority-seat govts are formed with the express purpose of every voting situation ending in a victory for the govt. Question hours are farcical, as MPs do not even talk to each other but address the Chair of the parliament every time they report a concern or a question. The second upset is that all preparatory action by the legislature boils down to the hour of voting. It is a numbers game. No matter what discussions have preceded the voting, decisions are made in binary numbers. It does not matter how smart or dumb a rep. is as long (s)he is capable of pressing a button. This has led to a situation where rather moronic people already roam the halls and corridors of our legislating body. Protest votes have brought them there, and parties do not care as long as the grand tally of voting in the country favours them.

Our govts fail, as our second speaker, Secretary, told us, in not really being in control of what they are doing. A vast number of civil servants work at any ministry, bringing and creating the agenda that the corresponding Minister merely undersigns or stamps with a rubber stamp. This problem is perpetuated by the fact that often ministries are headed by people who have not personally specialised or received training in what they govern over. In consequence, executive power slips further down the line to the middle management of each ministry, who wields the real power. And therefore, we don’t know who’s in power or whom to blame when the s**t hits the fan.

Our opening speaker, Chair, brought to our attention the corruption of our defense lawyers, judges and prosecutors. It is no secret that fortune crimes and violent crimes often receive a very lenient treatment — not to speak of crimes committed by office-holding people, in courts — against the morality of the people. Why? Why? Because verdicts are fashioned according to how likely it is that a convict will return to avenge his verdict on the sentencing ones. With criminals of the violent kind, economical kind and incumbent kind, the likelihood is ELEVATED, if not certain, so they tend to get short sentences. With people without networks and no history of violence, the likelihood is non-existent, so they get comparably the longest possible sentences and hardest verdicts and damages to be paid. In other words, what matters in courts isn’t bangers and mash, crime and punishment, but: WHO has done something, HOW (s)he is in relations with the members of the court, and lastly WHAT (s)he has done.

Summed up, parts of our system are just about as dysfunctional and damaged as their Eastern European, African or Asian counterparts, all over the world. Yet, there is a nagging feeling that we still like to live in the Western hemisphere, and we have always been a favourite tourist attraction both to people from foreign lands and among ourselves. So, the real reason why the West is successfully inhabited by ”semi-happy” people is not Market Economy or a Montesquieuan division of systemic duties, as both of them have oppressive features. The Real Reason why we are partially happy is that we have fundamental rights that cannot be taken away:

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Mobility, Movement and Migration

It is really these three things that flourish in the shadow cast by the Market Economy and the Tripartite Division of Power that make us happy. If they existed on behalf of any other kind of regime, the subjects under those diverse different regimes would be just as happy as kites, too. This could also explain away the thinking in Russia, China and other economical powerhouses that they do not want to follow the Western lead or emulate our societies there.

Arvio: Puhe käy läpi tuntemamme järjestelmän heikkouksia sisältä käsin niitä tuntien ja luodaten. Osa on mutua mutta siinäkin on totta ainakin siteeksi. Puheen väitteitä on vaikea todentaa. Lopun vapauksien luetteleminen tuntuu joka tapauksessa todelliselta ja myönteisellä tavalla. Puhe toimii aloitteen luomassa altavastaajan roolissa ehkä niin hyvin kuin on mahdollista.


12 Years a Sauli


Viikko 1/2018

: Jan 2nd, 2018
Motion: THB that presidents in republics do a better job than regents in monarchies or kingdoms 
Role: MP (opp.)

The Finnish presidential elections are at hand. It seems that the incumbent one, Sauli Niinistö, will redeem himself and take the ”Oval Office” (of Finland) by storm for a second time in a row. The president may have two terms @ six years apiece. This will mean that he will preside over both his office and staff at the president’s quarters including the residence on the shoreline in Helsinki at a place called Mäntyniemi and all of the numerous perquisites for over a decade.

However, I’m not pleased with the strategic plan of the sitting president. He is playing it safe. This is in keeping with all the earlier presidents. Most of them have played it safe, ever since the wartime presidents, who couldn’t afford that luxury. Maybe it’s in the national character. Maybe we cannot play it other than safe. Should our president not do his utmost to re-ensure his 2nd term, we could have an interesting 2nd round (which is needed if one of the candidates does not carry 50 % or more of the vote). It could be True Finns against the Green Party. It could be the Centre Party against the Green Party. It could be two independents against each other. But now it seems that there will be no 2nd round at all.

Leveling the Field
What the incumbent president should do is to announce that he is in favour of NATO. So far, the only candidate to do so has been of the Swedish People’s Party, a former 60’s Communist. His share of the vote is going to be somewhere between 1 and 5 per cent. So much for his presidency. Now, if the incumbent #1 announced as well that he has a similar outlook, that would energize and electrify the whole field of candidates, for most of the people are against NATO and the remaining candidates are all against membership in the organization as well. He could do it, as his party is roundly FOR the membership and there is widespread support FOR it among their lot. Moving in this direction would level the playing field and endow all of the candidates with pros as well as cons. For the time being, all the pros are in the cart of the incumbent president.

Not Leveling the Field
The incumbent one made the glib and smug move of not enlisting in the race under the auspices of his old party, the Coalition Party, but as the figurehead of a civil movement, whose aim was to gather 20,000 voters behind him and thus have him in the race as an ”independent” candidate. A bit like Nelson Mandela not running for the ANC but as an independent candidate. In a country of five and a half million citizens, it’s a piece of cake to gather 20,000 people behind the sitting president, so this move has done nothing to level the playing field between the candidates, and it doesn’t try out the president’s true-blue popularity the way he announced it would.

Litigation Is Not Leadership
It seems that there is an ominous principle that lawyers who have served as govt. Ministers in Finland stand a good chance of becoming Presidents. A kindred route in the U.S. might be that lawyers who have served as state Governors stand a good chance of becoming Presidents. And Niinistö is a lawyer by training. I’d like to stress that litigation does not prepare FOR and is NOT leadership. Rather, lawyership could be linked up to brinkmanship. Lawyers don’t lead the way. They collect their fees and hourly rates, when someone has run astray.

It seems that no one is in charge of the stately ship that’s called Finland. There is no captain on the bridge of the ship M/S Finlandia. Niinistö is not the captain. He does not have an agenda of his own and he is not actively pursuing a path for the country beyond the interests of the bureaucrats. He doesn’t even pardon convicts at prisons that willingly, which is the President’s side duty, as (s)he is allowed to be the only remaining ”good cop” if and when the justice system fails. He is merely the 1st Mate of the ship who is so enamored of having the privilege of dining in the Captain’s Cabin in the captain’s absence that he wants to extend his stay there by any means possible. The means he has come up with are: a dog (Boston terrier), a youngish wife (at 40) and an upcoming election baby. Moreover, he’s backed up by a popular movement and a tongue in the middle of the mouth that always tells an average Finn what (s)he wants to hear.

As I have said, this is in the national character. Finns are not good at taking strong initiative. They do not want to take the reins in their own hands. This can be seen both in the president and those who want to retain him in power. They rather respond to the Future than make it. They rather respond to the people around them than Make them.

Arvio: Olen 2. tiimin 1. puhuja. Arvatenkin minua edeltävä tiimi on käsitellyt aihetta kahdella tavalla kolmesta: a) se on yhdenvertaistanut molemmat hallitusmuodot ja pitää niitä molempia seremoniallisina, b) yksi on tuonut esiin esimerkkejä hyvistä monarkeista tai c) toinen on tuonut esiin esimerkkejä huonoista presidenteistä. Oma tapani tuoda esiin paljon kaivattu uusi näkökulma on puhua oman maamme presidentistä tässä hetkessä. Onnistun tilanteen analyysissä mielestäni oikein, mutta puheessa on vähän kateuden ja katkeruuden turhaa sivumakua.

Dogs in Reserve


Viikko 52


Date: Dec 26th, 2017
Motion: THB that prisons treat men right but harder and longer sentences were in order
Role: Chair (opp.)

Recently a mother to an incarcerated son told us about her plight. She claimed that her son would not have belonged in a prison as he had something off the spectrum of autism, and thus had benefited from treatment by the medical professionals instead. It’s a sad story but hardly unusual. Tens of thousands of men have gone to penitentiaries over the course of man-made history even if their underlying ”issue” was something other than a crime (think about gay men, for starters). Here I’m going to dissect what reasons land men in prisons, starting from the obvious one, crime. And don’t bring women up in this context, as we all know that it’s mostly men who do the sitting.

Criminality lands one in prison, but only if one is caught red-handed or at all. Violent crime that targets other people’s untouchability and integrity is the easiest way to get sentenced. However, sometimes sentences are very short compared with the severity of the crime. Another genre is crimes committed against fortune and property. This landed e.g. Bernie Madoff in jail, for about as long as Charles Manson. But now Manson has been ”released”.

When people self-medicate with drugs, they are hardly committing a crime against other people. I.e. they do not transgress against the recommendation in the Bible that says, ’do to others as you wish to be done upon you by others’. Some call drugs a ’victimless crime’, or, a vice crime. But the indisputable fact remains that especially in the U.S., a large population of people sleep behind bars due to everything that has with drugs to do. Selling them, protecting ”turf”, using them, distributing them, muling them, soliciting them; all of these reasons lead to courts and from them to hard time. Also, people may commit nasty things when they’re on drugs. Their normal judgment evaporates. But the substance is merely a gun. It’s the user who pulls the trigger in using the drug.

Problems of the mind land people behind bars. Neurotic people usually avoid sentencing, as their wariness prevents them from committing violent crime, but psychotic and autistic people may not be equally lucky. Then there are those who are borderline-type personalities, sociopaths, manic depressives or endowed with a low IQ. The developmentally disabled in a prison are a not so uncommon ploy in ”comedic” crime entertainment.

Other reasons may put people ”there”, too. A spirit of adventurousness in deeds and dealings, challenging and difficult artistry or congenital atypical sexuality may (have) put men behind bars. All of these reasons are a lesser triangle of reasons to do so, and we might call them, together as a category, deviant reasons, or deviancy. They have nonetheless kept men sequestered from society for months, years or decades on end. For instance, while being incarcerated for being a ”queer”, Oscar Wilde write a book-length letter in his cell, titled De Profundis (1897).

I’ve here only covered reasons that put people behind bars in democracies that have a justice system of the republican sort. Another question entirely is the treatment of folks under different kinds of totalitarian regimes and dictatorships. There you would hit the clanker the easiest by raising your voice with your face against the oppressions. But that’s another issue entirely, and a different taxonomy would cover the foibles of the justice systems in such nations.

The sad truth is that at this point of my speech we need to refigure what prisons are. They are not necessarily places where people get put as a punishment for a crime. They are neither necessarily places where the character receives character development, as some characters will not be so malleable in the first place. I’d like to claim, instead, that if you stray too far from what is acceptable from a constituent, you get hard time. Think of it as if it was a system of co-ordinates, where normalcy is point Zero. Left is criminality and Right is insanity on the X axis, while Up is deviancy and Down is addiction on the Y axis. If you travel too far in any of these directions, it’s Hard Time for you, my friend. The Establishment and its runners do not care if you do not fit the criterion of Strictly Crime. The reason is partly that it pardons its own members, if they’re high enough up. The system needs to control its marginal internal trouble in a wholesale way, and penitentiaries are the answer. They are a One-Size-Fits-All type of an answer. Think about it, and smile, 🤔 on purchasing your next pair of black leather gloves.

Thank you.

Arvio: Tämä sopii puheenjohtaja-puheeksi, koska siinä käydään läpi asioita hyvin yleisellä tasolla, hieman ”implisiittisesti”. Siinä ikään kuin tehdään selväksi hallitukselle, ettei oppositio ajattele aloitteesta samalla tavalla. Jää sihteerin ja edustajan tehtäväksi vastustaa aloitteen kirjaimellista sisältöä. Sihteeri voi esimerkiksi vastustaa aloite-virkkeen 1. lausetta ja edustaja sen 2. lausetta siihen kuuluvine eksplisiittisine sisältöineen.

Bot, I’ve Been Expecting You


Viikko 50


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Adulthood in All Areas


Viikko 49


Date: Dec 8th, 2017
Motion: THB that adulthood should be redefined as something else than 16, 18 or 21 years of age
Role: PM (gov.)

All of us are awarded so-called Adulthood Points when we grow up. They are fully objective points, even though we might want to have them in a subjective form. They cannot be haggled over or bartered or sold. One will either have them or not have them.

In the following, I will present you with those points. I have divided them up in categories, even though they could just be rattled off a bullet list of six things. For the sake of clarity, I’m counting them up in this way. I have designed a name for them that begins repeatedly with an A, both in English and in Finnish, as most of the original categories that I came up with started with an A anyway. In English, I have solved this naming problem in using the article a or an with categories that I could not otherwise come up with a name for.

Collegial Possessions
These can be summed up as two things: source of knowledge/skills and source of income.

  • Ammatillinen/ammattikorkeakoulun/akateeminen tutkinto (= A Degree, with A-levels completed)
  • Ansiot(yö) (= A Source of Income)

Material Possessions
are the things an adult owns through loans or fully. A car could be regarded as a folly/unnecessity, but when one thinks about it, it needs to be had, if one is residing in the countryside or a small town. Not having a car would be considered a weakness and a threat, especially in a situation where most of the other adult points were momentously lost through a divorce.

  • Asunto (= Apartment/Abode)
  • Auto (= Automobile)

Social Possessions
refer to the self-realised human relationships around an adult being.

  • Av(i)opuoliso (= Amorous Partner)
  • Alempi polvi (= A Progeny)

These points come together over time, and often fulfillment in one category leads to the opening up of another. For instance, when one has a degree, it is easier to obtain a job (but that is not a necessity). When one has toiled at a job for long enough, it’s quite easy to rent or buy a car. When one has had a relationship for long enough, it’s easier to propose to a person. When one has proposed to a person, it’s not difficult to move under one and the same roof. When a couple has been living under the same roof for long enough, the question of acquiring offspring comes to mind easily. To sum this up, accumulation is the way adulthood is attained. It does not happen overnight but over a period of time. One step leads to the next. Finally, all the six steps of adulthood will have been taken.

Now, these categories do not tell the whole story about the issue. One can have full adulthood points and still not be considered a responsible adult who is in control over his or her life. One can be considered a Failure (an F), when one has, for instance ”merely” the following things: a degree from a Janitorial-Sanitational College. A job that pays $999.90 a month. A failed, one-night stand romance. A child in custody of the mother, supported by alimony, when one can afford it. A delapidated apartment that was inherited from one’s parents in the countryside. An automobile that cost $2,000, is rusty, cluttered on the inside, does not have winter tires, is never washed properly and may not go through the next inspection qualifying for traffic. Ticking all of these boxes would qualify one as an adult, and a ”loser”, at the same time.

On the other hand, one can be considered a noteworthy person, even if one did not have a single one of these adulthood points in place. Let us consider an example. Julian Assange is 46 years old. Many people recognize his name. What do we know of him? He may have a university diploma (B. Sc or M. Sc), but it’s more probable that he dropped out of all the three colleges he went to before obtaining it, just like Mark Zuckerberg did. He probably gets his money from donations or capital returns income, as he can’t be employed by a conventional IT firm. He lives at the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador, which cannot be considered a bought or rented home but something else altogether. As he’s under ”house arrest”, he couldn’t move around in a car, even if he wanted to. The last time he tried to have carnal relations with women, it ended up in rape charges. Despite these circumstances, he does have 4 children, which he sired during his earlier adult life but which he cannot tend to like a dutiful father. Julian Assange does have but one or two Adulthood Points; yet, he may be regarded as an adult (A) who commands our attention and who has made something out of himself, whether or not we consider him or his deeds a Success story.

Even if adulthood points are awarded without corruption, adults that are being awarded them may exhibit tints of corruptedness nonetheless.

Arvio: Mietin pitkään, olisiko tämä puhe enemmänkin pääministerin (I) vaiko opposition puheenjohtajan puhe (II). Siinä olisi voinut olla aineksia molempiin. Päädyin lopulta nostamaan sen aivan ensimmäisen puhujan rooliin hallituksen puolelle. Sävy on hyvin yleinen mutta sisällykseltään ehkä yllättävä. Pohjalla on spesifinen näkemys, joka on kehittynyt vuosien varrella ja ajan mittaan. Sen pohjalla on mm. fb-messenger-kirjeenvaihto tämän vuosikymmenen alussa, jossa kysyin tytöltä, jonka kanssa olin 1. luokalla, onko hänellä vielä yhtään aikuisuuspistettä. Hän vastasi, että ei ole, mutta juttu ei jäänyt siihen. Muutamassa kuukaudessa ja vuodessa hän hankki kaikki häneltä puuttuvat aikuisuuspisteet. Ilmeisesti kaikki niihin liittyvät prosessit olivat juuri silloin käynnissä ja kypsymässä. Muut puhujat saavat taiteilla sanoillaan haluamallaan tavalla tämän jälkeen. Debatti saattaa jäädä luonteeltaan hyvin avoimeksi ja laveaksi.

Assembling the Puzzle of Pop


Viikko 48

: Nov 28th, 2017
Motion: THW remove pop & rock music from public libraries, as it does not civilize one there
Role: Whip (gov.)

Ladies & Gentlemen, Chair, Assemblage,

Public schools and libraries are some kind of a way to discover new music, but they are not the fastest route to discover pop music nor the plausible solution to make one music-savvy to begin with. What I have learnt in the course of visiting libraries are for instance the debut LP of the Stone Roses (I borrowed it), which was a ”Revelation”, and whatever sinuous music videos Guns n’ Roses made after November Rain (I borrowed a compilation). That, none the less, is not enough to ground oneself in rock and pop. Instead, our side has suggested a triphase way to come into contact with fabulous, contemporaneous tunes in a succession of three different approaches.

Our PM was in favour and spoke for the third approach, our Minister for the second approach and our MP for the first approach. I as one am going to speak for none particularly but for the whole, and I’m going to present you with a graph as the conclusive summation.

Picking Up Pop From the Media
It is possible to feed off the media for music. This means watching and listening to channels that provide music and music-related entertainment all the time, 24/7. This may be further backed up by making copies of the heard music or seen videos on VHS or C cassettes. This was a manner of consuming music which had its heyday for most of the 1980’s and 1990’s, but which was feasible as early as the mid-1960’s. Yet, it’s possible still, on condition that the devotee will use pay and digital channels instead of free cable or terrestrial channels, as they’ve ceased to provide quality music for free, having switched to reality-TV instead.

Purchasing Pop Advised by the Media
After exiting teenage, most music consumers have enough disposable income that they can BUY the music they consume to a high degree. For music fans, it’s advisable and maybe necessary to read the music press, for otherwise it would be nearly impossible to make educated choices in a record store. There would not be a ”compass”. But this is a tricky pursuit. The right solution is not to blindly buy the product that reviewers rave about and give four or five 🌟’s to. The trick is to be able to read between the lines in the reviews, adapt that to one’s own tastes and make judicious purchases on a regular basis. This manner of consuming had its heyday in the late nineties and noughties when CDs were being sold on the cheap, as they became the target of music piracy online and their demand was quickly decreasing.

Paying for Pop in Monthly Installments
Since the dawn of the digital age, it has been possible to use different kinds of legal services to obtain access to music without having the soft copies. This copyright-deferent manner in turn gives access to amounts/mountains of music that were unimaginable earlier to others than record-label personnel. The idea is to dwell on individual artists less and explore the outer and inner limits of music at large. This has been in vogue mainly during this decade. Again, one’s own taste is the arbiter rather than the opinions of social media or the playlists created by the streaming-service personnel. Occasionally, computer-generated algorithms produce music to listen that is absolutely spot-on. This method is cheaper than the previous one but more costly than the first one. A cost-effective means, in other words.

Intriguing in all of this is the fact that one could become more cultured in pop and knowledgeable about uncharted higher territory in each one of the mentioned ways. However, a definite lack of dedicated energy in pursuing one’s chosen path could result in not making any real headway, ultimately losing the designed plot and being eventually forced to return back to ”base camp”, i.e. to ignorance about the issue.

Finally, as the whip and overseer, I want to suggest that the amount of money people spend on pop music will follow the normal distribution if it proceeds along the succession professed and shown here. At first spending is modest, then it peaks and thereafter it begins to taper and wane. The following image illustrates this development in a graphic way.

Kuvahaun tulos haulle bell curve

I hope this makes you realize that the realm of the private is the way to go in order to acquaint oneself with pop music, or any other field of artistic merit, for that matter.

Thank you.

Arvio: Puhe käyttää erilaisia (teho)keinoja alleviivatakseen päämääräänsä. Ei ole ehkä sattumaa, että alussa mainitaan kaksi erilaista mutta aikalaisina vaikuttanutta roses-loppuista bändiä sekä laulun nimessä se kuukausi, jonka aikana bloggaus on julkaistu. Joitakin saattaa kummastuttaa, mihin suuntaan aloitteesta on lähdetty, sillä voisi olettaa, että väittely koskisi kevyen musiikin epäkristillisiä ja turmelevia ominaisuuksia eikä ”altistumisen vaikeuksia”. Väitellähän ei kuitenkaan siksi, että väittelyn ”tulisi olla” TYLSÄÄ.

Plenty of Paper, But the Ink


Viikko 47

: Nov 23rd, 2017
Motion: THB that the Internet Age has made newspapers hipper and wiser
Role: Whip (opp.)

In the 1990’s, it was unproblematic to crack open a newspaper. The manual wing of the library on my dept. at the university subscribed to mainly British liberal newspapers, of which I remember The Observer, the Independent, Times on Sunday perhaps, possibly the sister version of New York Times, a.k.a. The International Herald Tribune. The print was dense, the coverage wide, the opinions factual and accurate and the flow endless. On top of these, the selection included national newspapers, Continental European newspapers and the domestic #1, Helsingin Sanomat, which was made first in Ludviginkatu Street and later on, since 1999, at Sanomatalo Building, the glass cube which lies catercorner across a plaza from the Central Railway Station.

These days, newspapers are combining their dire straits out of two ingredients: the money they are not making and the content they are making indeed. I want to focus on the latter. In many ways, the reader and the writer of a newspaper do not have a meeting of the minds anymore. Our side has tried to delve into the issue in searching for the ways in which newspapers’ headquarters have messed up their business.

Thin Science
The first stumbling block is the digging up of obscure news items from different scientific periodical journals, as pointed out by our last speaker MP. It’s not uncommon that the ”Science” Section of a newspaper comes up with an item of news on cucumbers making for a svelte stomach. This can be explained away in quoting a Sri Lankan research institute that has made an interesting discovery concerning the minerals and vitamins found in cucumbers. This kind of elective quoting of science does not further the national health debate, for all that. It virtually excludes the opposing voices, quotes research which may be in its infancy and mines control groups for data that may include only a few hundred people. Scientific journals report burgeoning truths & their information isn’t for the eyes of the layman.

Constant Lobbying
The second stumbling block is the constant promotion of different world-hugging specific-interest groups, as pointed out by our first speaker, Chair. Almost on a daily basis, the trans-gender, HIV-positive, female-pastor, god-rejecting, single-parent interest groups, hubs, associations and so on get heard about their ongoing struggle in society which is only a concern for the concerned. The number of the afflicted people is minimal, the percentage of people puny, but, even so there is a constant voicing of the problems and predicaments. General readers may feel sympathy at first, but when the bombardment around the issue becomes insufferable, the view begins to change and ultimately a deaf ear may be turned to the issue(s). And this wasn’t the outcome that was desired.

My suspicion is that special-interest groups get touted in newspapers because of the work histories, the curricula vitarum of the staff. No editor gets a hot shot at journalistic stardom straight off the school bench. Many probably have to toil away as the main editor of a small publication and a three-person staff at first. These jobs are typically offered by registered associations that revolve around a single issue in the third sector. When a journalistic newbie has spent some years doing this, (s)he may seek promotion elsewhere or be offered a job at a national, bigger newspaper. What do these journalists do? They bring their past life with them to the new workplace and again begin writing stuff that they were forced to do in the early days of their careers. They have not advanced onto a new level psychologically and socially, even if they’ve done so financially.

Recycled Material
The third stumbling block is resorting to old news or news dug up from the yellow/gutter press. Our Secretary mentioned this in a side sentence in her speech. It’s not uncommon to find news offered about things that are already common knowledge among the computerati. Newspapers do this out of desperation to get clicks and to offer ”kicks”, but the ”baby” doesn’t become clean when washed with ”dirty water”. This thing includes sensational news, news about celebrities and their human relationships and pets, news about health scares and stories about crime and being trapped abroad.

Conclusion-wise, I’d like to state that newspapers have created their own malady in creating a strategy (or, maybe it was not a strategy in the first place, but a stopgap) where they drag material into the light that isn’t light-proof or does not deserve or tolerate light. Newspapers, in other words, resort to the marginal, when they are simultaneously addressing the masses or the mainstream. That’s why newspapers are a flailing business. Of course they have their economical problems as well. But which one was first, the contents or the problems? The egg or the chicken?

Thank you for you attention.

Arvio: Puheessa on riittävä mitta. Siinä käsitellään lehdistön nykytilaa, joka ei ole niin erilainen lehdestä toiseen. Lehdissä riittäisi enemmänkin reposteltavaa, mutta tässä tyydytään tähän. Alussa on henkilökohtainen, omakohtainen osuus, jonka moni unohtaa tai ei osaa laittaa. Sitten on ongelmien lyhyt tiivistys, kolmen ongelman esitys ja lopun uusi tiivistys. Tiivistämisessä kertaus on ”opintojen äiti”. Rakenne on selkeä, eli jos tätä ei pysty seuraamaan, niin sitten vika on verensokerissa.