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Published on October 27th, 2013 | by Flipside

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Debate: If Blurred Lines is played at a Pleasance Bar, and nobody is there to hear it, does this contravene EUSA policy?

 The controversial anthem – ‘Blurred Lines’ has caused further deliberation at the University of Edinburgh, after it was accidentally played through the speaker system at Pleasance’s Cabaret Bar last night, contravening EUSA’s ‘Anti-lad banter policy.’

The song’s broadcast would normally lead to a sacking for the members of staff involved, but the situation has developed into a legal tangle, since no students were actually at the bar to hear the song’s transmission.

Speaking to Flipside, a member of EUSA’s staff said – “As standard for a Saturday night, literally nobody was at the Cabaret Bar, and thus the DJ fell asleep with his ‘swag choonage 2k13’ playlist on in the background. It was only the next day when cleaners came in that they realised the song must have been played, since the DJ was lying over his decks with the playlist having run all the way through.”

The case has provoked much debate amongst the student body.

Dan Swott Teapot, a 3rd year philosophy student, and Editor-in-Chief of the Student newspaper, said: “This instance is very similar to a famous philosophical thought experiment that many people are familiar with. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? It raises very interesting questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality.”

“We actually thought that this would make a fascinating debate in the Comment section of the Student, but then we thought the better of it, since it might upset somebody and we don’t want to publish anything that anyone could disagree with or be offended by.

“A newspaper is there for the sole purpose of portraying a viewpoint that every single person in the world agrees with, and thus this situation is too controversial for our purposes.”

When asked what would be replacing the article, Teapot said, “We’ll probably put in some shitty press release about how the tram system is fucked up.”

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