The Aussie used to take pride in the reputation of being lovable larrikins but that that has now morphed into full on Boganism.
Boganism has nothing to do with social/economic factors, it is a way of seeing the world. Whorf’s linguistic theory says basically that the language a person uses to think with determines a person’s perception of the world. Thus a French person will see the world differently for and English person because the concepts within the language are differnt.
The Bogan’s view of the world is determined by Australia’s national language, Boganese. Boganese is a very simple language, it consists of four imperatives, two profanities, and a given.
The imperatives are Food, Booze, Sex and Money not necessarily in that order. The first of the profanities begins with an F and the second caused Peter Slipper to fall from high office.
The profanities are extremely important in the Boganese language. They are liberally placed between the imperatives to give the illusion of sentence construction. This is the closest Boganese has to a grammatical system.
Finally it is given that anyone with the ability to see the world in any terms other than basic Bogan is a Wanker. Absolutely necessary to Bogans because Wankers are clearly inferior beings and the labelling of others as such establishes the absolute superiority of the Bogan.
Thus the Bogan is confined to a reality that can be constructed form seven words. They do give sufficient context to make it from birth to death in a simple sort of way whilst maintaining an air of total superiority. It is rather limited. It is unfortunate that the less people know the more superior they are, at least in their own perception.
There are dialects of Boganese that are spoken by ‘upper-class’ Bogans’. For example Alan Jones swaps the profanities for insults, at least while he is on-air. The insults of Alan Jones are still very basic and often involve putting people in chaff bags. Although it is stretching the limits of the perception the basic Bogans are still able to follow this and often hold Alan Jones up as having a scholastic ability to be aspired to.
This use of insults instead of profanities is used by another prominent Bogan, and good mate of Alan Jones, Tony Abbott. Tony Abbott also has added a fifth word to the imperatives, Power, which he seems to have an insatiable appetite for.
Above all is the great god Murdoch. Murdoch speaks a really upper class Bogan because he put another word, More, in front of basic words and it could almost give the illusion that he actually speaks in sentences.
Murdoch speaks in terms of More money, More greed, More Power. He also speaks of less, such as his pronouncement that giving welfare to single mothers my not be in the mother’s best interests.
The real problem is that the simplistic language and perception of the world shown by Murdoch, Abbott and Jones appeals to the basic Bogans of Australia. It may push their ability to perceive to the limits but Bogans can just understand that such great linguistic abilities as shown by Murdoch, Abbott and Jones could only be possessed by gods.
If Abbott wins the next election it could well be the beginning of the Bogan Century for Australia.
We have seen the results of simplistic thinking and simplistic leaders. When reading the speeches given at the recent IPA diner I was reminded of the speeches at Munich ’36. The proposal of drones in our skies reminds me of 1984. The continuous defining of a healthy economy by growth reminds me of Brave New World. Offshore processing of refugees coupled with indefinite detention with no legal rights screams Concentration Camp. But all this is outside Bogan perception.
Einstein summed it up nicely when he said the every problem has a simply answer, and it is nearly always wrong.
The simplistic view of the world of the Bogans’ engendered by the extreme limitations of their language my cause them to wake up one day and find that the Fourth Reich has arrived and they are mindless slaves. I wonder if Australians will notice the difference.