Roll up, roll up to the freak show

by DannyUK

The One Show has a piece about an orchestra made up entirely of disabled people. I can understand Paralympics, and the wont for disabled people to compete against each other on as level a playing field as possible, but why do we need to have para-orchestra? Doesn’t this merely label them as some kind of freak show?

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ONE! ONE! ONNEEEE!

What next? An orchestra for the musically untalented? Or do we already have those with the various boy bands? As interesting as it is to see a one-handed pianist, let’s not fool ourselves that we’re not all watching it not because he plays the piano so well, but because it just looks bloody weird to see a one-handed man bang out a tune. In fact, I would guess that the argument is that it’s more difficult, but surely it must be easier playing a piano one-handed, as you don’t have to think about what two hands are doing so in effect it’s half the work.

Google’s a strange thing. Search for “half loaded porn photo” and it gives you a man cut in half. Oh well *unzips*

Fortunately I have two hands, so it’s not something I have to immediately worry about, but after being online for 15 years I have become quite adept at typing one handed, and I can’t say that my typing speed is much slower using only half the fingers available to me. I will, however, concede that these days there is much less one-handed typing, and much more one-handed pointing and clicking. But then that’s the ever-increasing ability to download pictures and videos rather than having to rely on text-based chat.

My current mood: Emotionally crippled. Who wants to start a band?

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