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20 October 2009 @ 10:33 pm
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I have long thought that there is little point remaining in journalism, as the medium appears to be dead. The alleged premier television news service in Australia has just run an advert in which the voiceover ran along the lines of: 'Dust storms, torrential rain, now the heatwave in the west. How will Sydney cope? Turn to the news that will see you through all the weather.'

The really upsetting thing about this is that there is also obviously no point in turning to a career as a satirist, because how does one top that?
Meredyth: Merlin WTFmeredyth_13 on October 20th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)

I used to despair about the state of humanity. Now I can't be bothered expending the energy, and it probably only contributes to global warming.

In the same way that global warming contributes to the earthquakes.

Of course, I'm sure that the Sydney weather service involved will have all the answers - they'll just check wiki.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 20th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Actually, in a very specific and limited way, global warming can contribute to earthquakes according the research quoted in this article: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327273.800-climate-change-may-trigger-earthquakes-and-volcanoes.html ;-)

MER! You KNOW you're not allowed to say Wiki at me!

Meredyth: Accio Brainmeredyth_13 on October 20th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
*grins evilly*

We are no longer the knights who say wiki ...


Funnily enough, thysanotus mentioned something about this last night. I was busy being cheeky about it all, because some of the stupid mass media journalism drives me up the wall - but it's interesting to read the article (I think this is the one she was referring to).

I took Kitten into the Fluevog shop on our Brief Tour of Melbourne's Alleys and Chocolate Shops (TM) yesterday. There was much drooling.

And possibly a macaron or two. >.>
jamie2109: emotional - pain in my headjamie2109 on October 20th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Well don't leave for goodness sake. I despair for the literacy of our nation as it is. I was watching the teev and heard in a stupid Holden ad, the word 'then' when it should have been 'than'. Not only do I have to suffer it in fanfic and other general posts, but now I have to listen to it as well. I keep meaning to email Holden and tell them to get some literate people writing their ads and someone with at least a small brain in their heads to do the voice overs.
Jenn Van Den Boomgracilejenn on October 20th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
My sister is in school now as a journalism major, and I tried to talk her out of it. I asked my mom why she was even bothering, but it's hard to talk her out of it when our cousin makes a nice living as an editor for the Tulsa paper. :(
LadyDark1 ~ A  Harry and Draco Slash Addict.Periodldydark1 on October 21st, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
I agree 100%.
Dedicated Escape Artist: housejadzialove on October 21st, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Ugh! That drives me INSANE. Sensationalizing the weather... If only it were because they had nothing better to discuss. It's just plan lazy -- and sometimes dangerous because it sometimes creates what I call 'Weather Panic'. Grrrr!!
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on October 21st, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)

Yes, we get a LOT of weather!NEWS in Canada, as you can imagine with the range of our weather. Cold alerts, heat alerts, tornado watches, power outages, storm warnings blah blah blah. And every year there are news specials on "how are you coping with the heat/cold/rain/winds" and every year people say the same shit. Everyone takes pictures of their snowed in houses and cars or their dead, cracked gardens or whatever.

And whenever we have a stretch of more severe weather, they give it a name "Stormwatch 2008" "WinterThreat 2006" or whatever. So fucking lame.

Though I will say EVERY YEAR people forget how to drive in the snow. First snowfall will see 100's for accidents in one day. It's a little alarming.

Thank goodness we have our local action news team to see us through the meteorological turmoil!!
dookadookdookadook on October 21st, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Don't leave journalism!! Please! Don't even joke about it. We need any journalist that can actually write. I read my papers(Syd Herald and Australian) with a pen in hand for underlining mistakes. I twitch at every mistake made by reporters on telly.
Don't go
This Girlthisgirl_is on October 22nd, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
You could always just combine your career in journalism with a career as a satirist. Maybe that's how they came up with the voiceover?