Gary Robertson returns to Pacific Quay
Out walking my neighbour’s Border Terrier, shouting ‘No Aggie’ every so often, my ‘brain’ had some thoughts [Reader, insert sarcastic thought here], around the word ‘No’ and leading to a solution to something that has troubled me.
What convenient word is there to label those journalists opposed to independence for Scotland? I’ve been using ‘Unionist’ and more recently ‘Loyalist’ partly as a fun way of annoying those of them who might find the implied Orange sympathies a step too far. I could use ‘No-supporting’ or ‘Anti-independence’ or ‘establishment’ or ‘MSM’ for ‘mainstream media’ but I find none of these ideal as a general label.
Half-way along the dog walk, I thought, Archimedes-like, ‘Nomedia’! I chewed it over like a Border terrier might and, the more I did, the better I liked it. It’s kind of inclusive of the idea of those supporting No in a referendum and of the idea that the rest of us really have, in them, no media to represent or to develop our thinking. When they lie about the facts they are Nomedia in the sense of no-use media. When they miss the good news on Scotland or when they neglect to pursue such as Ruth Davidson when she sorely needs to be interrogated, they are Nomedia in the sense of not being there at all.
So, having decided on that, I realised that, Nomedia has added potential in that it can be a place devoid of any media that serve the interests of the people of Nomedia. The self-serving media elites of Nomedia can be called ‘Nomeds’. Nomeds has the added sense of those who have forgotten to request a repeat prescription for their medication, a combined anti-psychotic and anti-depressant designed to make them more able to cope with change. Perhaps, most enjoyable, we can have ‘nomish’ suggesting intellectual smallness of mind. Coincidentally or not, the man from the BBC who reported me to my boss in 2014 was Ian Small. Then, we can term those unable to settle and to identify with nurturing, communitarian and progressive social groups, ‘nomedic’.
It then follows that you can use nomedical, nomedically, nomedialistic and nomedialitarian.
I give you this word. Go forth and…eh…mibbe..something…or whatever…ken?