I see that Airbnb recently ran ads showing happy people on holiday, followed by the tag line that all this happiness was made possible by ‘hosts’; or by Airnb.
Deary me; I hadn’t realised that holiday letting was invented by those guys and that until they did there was no such thing as renting a private house available for tourists. Also, I was under the impression that a ‘host’ was something more tangible than a computer entity; maybe I should coin the term ‘absentee host’ to clarify the situation.
Said ads have now been followed by another shock: Bob Dylan on the soundtrack! I don’t recognise the song but its punchline is something about ‘shelter from the sun’ – I suppose there is another one in the pipeline for colder climates; everyone needs shelter, eh? But maybe Bob didn’t sell out. Maybe it’s a computer generated mockery. Maybe it’s a conspiracy to discredit my generation?
I should explain to the youngsters that Bob Dylan was the undisputed musical genius of my generation; the guy hit the right popular note at just the right time. Some 40ish child journliiast wrote recently that Bob’s words ‘weren’t poetry’. Really? Most words to most songs sound like crap without the melody, but Bob’s contributions were, in the early days at least, brilliant; the words perfectly suited the melody and the renditio. Must admit though I’m stil having trouble with his suggestion that one could play a song on a tambourine. Ba Ba Blacksheep maybe?