‘Sturgeon’s law’ doesn’t apply to the Tories


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This is a light-hearted (maybe?) piece based on my accidental stumbling across the concept of ‘Sturgeon’s Law’ which was developed by the Science Fiction writer, Theodore Sturgeon, in 1958. Here’s what he said:

‘I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud. Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. is crap. In other words, the claim (or fact) that 90% of science fiction is crap is ultimately uninformative, because science fiction conforms to the same trends of quality as all other artforms.’


As a youngster, in the PNE*, I read SF constantly and suffered from critics saying it was 100% crap. I knew much was but by no means all of it was. Unfortunately, I didn’t know of Sturgeon, in those days, but I like the notion that 90% of most things are crap or crud as he put it.

Now Sturgeon is quite an uncommon name, so it seems plausible that Theodore and Nicola are connected. That being the case, I think she should take over management of the theory and see whether it applies beyond art forms in the 21st Century. As a first task she might try it out on the Scottish Tories.

Oh, no, I’ve tried it myself. It doesn’t apply. 100% of Scottish Tories are trash, crud, or crap. Well, one exception doesn’t spoil a theory. Let’s try it on Scottish Labour.

Oh shit, they’re 100% trash, crud, or crap too.

Hmm, it looks like I’m up a gumtree here. Before I give up totally, try a few yourself and let me know.

*Pre-Nicola Era

Footnote: I know, you’ve applied the law to my blog. I don’t want to know!


7 thoughts on “‘Sturgeon’s law’ doesn’t apply to the Tories

  1. Alasdair Macdonald January 31, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    This seems to be a first principle for all journalists. As far back as I can remember newspapers and the broadcast media have predominantly published ‘bad’ news.

    Apart from your blog, I cannot think of any ‘news medium’ that is dedicated to telling ‘good news’. Even the “Good News Bible” is still predominantly the tales of ‘smiting hip and thigh’ and ‘lying with another’s wife’.

    I consider your assertion that Scottish Tories and Labour are 100% crud as good news – it confirms my biases.


    • johnrobertson834 February 1, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Thanks. I deny it all though I am still having sex at 67 despite living at No.58 (:-))


  2. Clydebuilt January 31, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    100% of BBC output is for the purpose of controlling thought processes . .,.

    Today on BBC Uk wide broadcast:

    Between progs. On BBC 1 at 9pm “Openess” Wild camping in Glencoe.

    Steve Wrights afternoon slot Radio2 . . . . and a hi from Mr. and Mrs Smith “on their way to the island of Mull we’re passing Loch Lomond, the scenery is beautiful”

    Eagles Hotel California ” Call a place Heaven wave it Goodbye”

    In Scotland’s case it’s all about stacking the odds against Independence

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  3. niall campbell morrison. February 2, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Theodore Sturgeon’s name was Edward Hamilton Waldo before he changed it, so probably no relation… Great law never the less.


  4. Alasdair Macdonald February 2, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I believe the Caspian Sea used to have quite a lot of them.


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