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Just utter, utter drivel.
I've noticed the official Telegraph twitter account tweeting a lot of "you won't believe what David Beckham did at a fashion show" style tweets lately.
It's the influence of Buzzfeed I guess - who also seem to be stealing loads of journalists from the mainstream newspapers recently.
There's a piece in almost every issue about how the Telegraph is floundering along these days, how the current editorial regime is either sacking or scaring away anyone with any journalistic talent.
The current issue mentions they've just hired someone from UsVsTh3m as 'Director of Digital Media'. Classy!
Getting rid of their more reasonable/erudite commentators. Matthew D'Ancona being the most high profile/baffling. Guess he was just a bit too balanced for them, but The Guardian have snapped him up now which was a great decision I thought.
which is basically a story about how Sky Sports covered a story. Meta-filler bullshit garbage.
(And no, the Guardian wasn't always this bad)
Daniel Taylor is good, David Conn is good (albeit a bit of a self-parody sometimes) but Jamie Jackson in particular is a complete clown.
Rarely click through to the article. Almost always disappointed when I do. The Guardian sucks.
but never got around to it.
what newspapers can you actually read these days?
no one reads an actual newspaper. it's 2015.
I gave them up over a decade ago
47 books that is. Plus the Mr Men and Little Miss Glitter box, that's another 18 and comes with a cuddly Mr Tickle.
(Not the Little Miss Glitter box though, they are boring, the article is completely right)
What did you pay for yours Lonzy?
it was on an Amazon flash sale for £25 so I ordered it. I then took my son down to the park that very day and looked in the window of a chazzer and there was the set in perfect nick for £18. So I cancelled the order on my blower and went in and bought it. Unfortunately Amazon still processed the order but then I rejected delivery and got a full refund. £7 saved!
How about that!
Here's some second hand books! Never mind the funny smell.
Right who's for a trip to "the seaside"?
probably owned by illiterates. Has your family donated anything in the Surrey region recently?
for sale: mr men books, never read
Had everything, I liked the double Shyamalan twist.
(I got it in the flash sale as well)
genuinely wonderful. But the presses are just in free fall now, flailing around trying to monetise *anything* lest they're forced into more cutbacks.
Buzzfeed was definitely the start of it but essentially no one clicks on actual news on a newspaper site anymore. The highest hits are always opinion pieces and it's the only unique content a paper can claim to field.
Here's Will Self to talk about some total shit for two pages.
with the sole aim to make sure you can't avoid the ads, hopefully therefore bringing them in more cash. Until someone finds a way to make a living out of this, the quality will keep spiraling downwards I fear...
Was just on there and a massive pop-up zoomed up my browser... "BREAKING NEWS immigration may sway general election results in some constituencies"
Really trashy, needy stuff.
That's just not true.
Also: 'it's the only unique content a paper can claim to field.'
There's plenty of strong, agenda-setting investigative journalism that goes on at both the Guardian and the Telegraph.
Overwhelmingly people click on celebrity stuff and FAILS, if you can combine the two, stick it in a list and get people to click through it, monetising each page as you go... and then potentially sharing it by adding a vacuous 'remember this?' or shock horror factor ... then you are in the (relative) money.
"If Nineteen Eighty-Four or The Trial had been a children’s book, Mr Messy would be it. No literary character has ever been so fully and categorically obliterated by the forces of social control. Hargreaves may well pay homage to Kafka and Orwell in this work, but he also goes beyond them."
the readers doing that aren't the demographic the Guardian used to chase. They can only make money from the FAILS clickers because they're the same goons who click the ads
at least the Guardian's site actually works.
LOOK WHOS ALL GROWED UP NOW!!!
SHOWING OFF HER CURRRRRVES!!!
An audience of pervos but an audience nonetheless. What is the target demographic for a critique of the Little Miss books (other than particularly obnoxious children I guess)?
Poor guardian editors :(
"What utter dreck will bring in some clicks?"
"Photos of the just-pubescent daughters of famous people in bikinis?"
"We can't do that"
"Shots of famous women looking a bit fat?"
"Hmmmmm....Not really us"
"General women shaming?"
"Another article on LITTLE MISS BOOKS???!!!"
"Fucking nailed it!
exclusive, exclusive, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of Victoria's Secret models lounging about in lingerie alongside their usual holier-than-thou articles on everyday sexism or whatever did feel a bit like their Charlotte Church/peadogeddon moment.
was the shocking news that a celebrity was pregnant but looked quite nice in a dress on the red carpet.
(Or don't, I don't give a shit)
it's just a hilariously guardian version of it. 'i decided to become a feminist, you wont believe happened next'
this is actually worth reading - Emily Bell's Cudlipp lecture:
It you want to know about where journalism is headed, and the implications of this, it's pretty essential.
(Yeah, it's a guardian link, blah, blah, blah)
(you won't believe number 7)
And that's the problem.
for people who think they're being contrary by thinking ignorance is a virtue.
Sux 2 b u.
an nice digest of all the newspapers (international).
The Guardian used to do a similar thing as a supplement but I think it was too expensive to produce so they dropped it.
and she seemed cool over the phone. This has ruined everything.
She's just saying that the stories are shit and awful to read to kids. Which they are. They were always just a cash-in or a half-arsed attempt at redressing the "of its time" gender bias of the original Mr Men books.
There's a big difference between the Guardian website and the Guardian newspaper these days, pretty unsurprisingly. Articles like that might find their way into the G2 supplement, but rarely the main newspaper, and even then other things that find it into the G2 supplement include Paul Mason's account of trailing around after Syriza for weeks before the Greek election.
In short: Guardian newspaper is still as full of earnest crackpot serious ishoos comment as ever.
back when we used to get it on a weekend I remember even as a teenager thinking the magazine section was all over the place, horribly smug middle class lifestyle pieces stuck between harrowing accounts of life in Syria or a dispatch about the white slave trade. All interspersed with ads for massive cars and whiskey. It doesn't seem like any of the other broadsheets have such a case of insecurity as them, and it only seems to have sharpened as reader numbers have dropped.
My mum gets the Guardian Weekly edition and for all the front cover is consistently Independent-y it seems really good, just all the best serious articles of the week put together. Much better for the loo than an I-Pad too.
horrendously London middle class. I remember in 2008 at height of the 'credit crunch' a tightening budgets article was all 'joining a wine club will help you save money'.
I was going to say that it's exactly the sort of thing I imagine to be in G2 most of the time.
seems to have steeply declined in the last few months.
people from the Manchester office always come in my work, might have a word with them.
oh actually here it is
and wondering what he meant.
Really does start to grate on you over time, Armando was right.
I'm inclined to say it started when they (and broadsheets in general) started trying to appropriate youth culture and carried reviews of 'pop music', but I'm sure the rot set in well before that and I just wasn't aware of it.
All the newspapers can fuck off. There's absolutely no point to them.
truly it is end times
1. Find a much loved pop culture institution
2. Call it racist/sexist/homophobic/classist on dubious evidence
3. Wait for the 500 commenty clickbaity sparks to fly
4. Repeat step 1
you're all to blame. especially you, Ant. but especially all of you. you all created this world, it's yours to live in.
I still buy the Grauniad every day. I also have a subscription for my Kindle, because I thought I'd use that instead but I don't.
Front cover today: one column by Kevin Mitchell on Kim Swears. Hmm interesting.