Posts tagged with ‘media’

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Amusing advertisement

I saw this in the cinema the other day when I went to see Helvetica, and I thought it was worth sharing:

Bare-faced cheek from Sky Sports

I was watching the football this evening (and no, I haven’t done my napowrimo poem yet, and yes, that’s probably what I should be doing now instead of this post), and all the players looked rather short and squat. And changing the format setting on the TV didn’t seem to help. I came to the […]

Talking bollocks about technology

Simon Jenkins has an article in the Guardian that is so wrong-headed that it’s a little hard to grapple with. The first couple of paras give a good idea of the flavour: I rise each morning, shave with soap and razor, don clothes of cotton and wool, read a paper, drink a coffee heated by […]

Taboo vocabulary

Commenting on the current controversy surrounding Celebrity Big Brother and a bleeped-out word spoken by one of the contestants, the Telegraph printed this remarkable sentence: Channel 4 was quick to clarify that Jack had referred to Shilpa as a ****, not a ‘paki’. Channel 4 being a bit too clear for the delicate sensibilities of […]

FSotW: USSR Posters

Flickr set of the week is USSR Posters, an absolutely staggering collection of 1,469 “Russian and/or Soviet propaganda & advert posters [1917-1991]” put on Flickr by bpx. I’ve only had a chance to dip into them, but here’s a few to give you a taste: The same person has an even larger selection of WWII […]

The Sun on the North Korean nuclear test

The Sun may be an awful sexist homophobic reactionary rag, but it has its moments. Today’s front cover: a photo of the Kim Jong-il puppet from Team America:World Police, with the headline ‘HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?’

Crappy journalism in action

I nearly posted a link to this story on the BBC website about cows having regional accents because I thought it was mildly interesting. But the internet linguistics police quickly debunked it. The BBC story starts by saying “Cows have regional accents like humans, language specialists have suggested.” What actually happened was that a PR […]

Non-news story of the week

From the BBC: “A cloned human would probably consider themselves to be an individual, a study suggests.” Well duh.

FSotW: All Evening Standard Headlines

From the set All Evening Standard Headlines all photos © DarrenS

ARMED POLICE RAID FARCE

As the Evening Standard news-stands put it. Which conjured up an image that I don’t think they intended.

Brilliant BBC fact-checking

BBC London, reporting on some building developments which are being held up by protests from English Nature, announced that the three key bird species were ‘Dartmouth Warbler’ (actually Dartford Warbler), Woodlark and Nightjar. But the really amusing bit was that the Nightjar was illustrated with film of some Wigeons. It’s always slightly unnerving when journalists […]

noozpapers

One of the minor joys of the brave new electronic age is the ease of buying the UK papers abroad. Not because I desperately want to keep up with the British news – I mean, really, whatever the fuck David Cameron has just said about the NHS can wait a couple of weeks, by which […]

Duchamp vandalism and BBC fuckwittery

Someone took a hammer to Fountain by Marcel Duchamp. Which is the famous sculpture made from a urinal. I just found the BBC’s phrasing annoying: A 77-year-old Frenchman has spent a night in custody in Paris after attacking a plain porcelain urinal considered to be a major artwork. ‘considered’ to be a major artwork? It’s […]

Bad science reporting

Ben Goldacre says (full article here): There is one university PR department in London that I know fairly well – it’s a small middle-class world after all – and I know that until recently, they had never employed a single science graduate. This is not uncommon. Science is done by scientists, who write it up. […]