When I first started this I had envisaged quite a light, dare-I-say-it funny tone of voice. But reviewing my first month or so of posts, it all seems pretty serious. So hopefully this is a light interlude. At work we have developed a couple of email signoffsamong the team, especially if we’re responding to something infuriating or plain annoying.
</rant> or </what I reckon> are our efforts to demonstrate that, yes, we’re ranting about something RUBBISH, but we know we are, and that makes it OK… This in itself was inspired by the wonderful Mitchell and Webb sketch parodying “interactive” news.
Radio 5 Live’s Breakfast Show used to be my wake-up-call of choice, but now it bangs on about “your views on the stories that matter to you”. Er, I already know what my views on stuff are. I don’t want to hear other people’s views, because that’s not the purpose of a news programme. And the stories that matter to other people aren’t often the same as mine. I’m sad for Jacko and his family, but what about the traffic on the A46 this morning, care to update me on that? How’s the parking situation in Victoria Park?
Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc etc etc have democratised opinions. Anyone can slap up a video or tweet or status update or blog post (like this one) exclaiming their important thoughts. And mostly this is a Good Thing. But I wish news channels would do their job, which is firstly to inform us with facts and analysis, not rely on us for content.
When the Big Freeze hit the UK for a few days last winter, the TV news was inundated with snapshots from back gardens all over the country. Ooh! Look at that bird table in Dunstable… But I want to know if the motorways are clear, if it’s safe to travel. Why won’t you tell me?!?!
Hope you liked the clip.