I nearly thought that I was going to slip up on my one blog post a week challenge this week (click the badge to the right on this page to know more about it). For the first time since I started doing this, I was really struggling to come up with something to write about. Then I had an idea, how about asking the twitterverse for ideas? So I posted a tweet asking for a word, phrase or a subject to write about. There was a not very huge at all response to my tweet, but it was a response nonetheless, and I ended up with a couple of interesting and delightfully random topics – Kazoos and Capitalism. I couldn’t choose between them, so I decided to have a go at writing about both of them here (hence why this blog is called “Kazoos and Capitalism”). So anyway, here goes:
That great source of information (I use the term loosely), Wikipedia defines the Kazoo as thus:
“The kazoo is a wind instrument which adds a “buzzing” timbral quality to a player’s voice when one vocalizes into it. The kazoo is a type of mirliton which is a membranophone – a device which modifies the sound of a person’s voice by way of a vibrating membrane.”
Kazoos are either the funniest musical instrument ever invented, or an annoying noise maker, depending on your point of view (I personally think they are cool, however I know someone who says the sound goes right through them. Can’t be any worse than vuvuzelas).
They certainly have one of the best names for any object ever invented. I remember getting things like that from comics when I was little, however they were often called by a different name. Why they couldn’t have just called them Kazoos I’ll never know.
Erm, that’s about as much as I can say on that subject. Now for the next topic…
Whenever I hear the word Capitalism, I find myself recalling A Level Sociology. I was particularly interested in Marxism – all that stuff about the Bourgeoisie, the Proletariat, “religion is the opiate of the people”, etc. It was more interesting than Functionalism anyway (many of you will have no idea what I was referring to there). I could go on and on about capitalism if I managed to grab my notes from the days I studied that subject. My general view is that capitalism is a necessary evil. It would be great if we could do without it, but if we didn’t we most likely wouldn’t have a lot of the things that we take for granted in a modern society. So long as they’re not allowed to get their hands on the NHS or other services that the Government should be responsible for.
Erm right, I think I have totally failed on writing a good piece on either of those subjects, but it was fun anyway. And at least I have a blog written. Thanks to @RandomRabbit_xD and @ewarwoowar86 for providing the subjects.