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All that’s wrong with the media today: A ridiculous example

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

It sounds like something out of one of those cringeworthy, self-written high school plays. But in reality it is a genuine news report from a Fox affiliate TV station in the United States. And although it is a single anecdote, it does shine a spotlight on the mess that the media is in right now.

In an attempt to be the first in their reporting, news agency trip over themselves (and ordinary people) to pile camera upon camera outside every media friendly location in the world; and then get their anchors to spout meaningless drivel and speculation, and fill their studios with vacuous (and often professional) commentators who are more interested in soundbites than truth. And increasingly they get the actual news wrong!

But this takes the cake. And it’s hilarious.

Last Friday, A KTVU anchor read the “names” of the four pilots who were on board the 777 when it crash-landed in San Francisco. They were: “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” Read those out loud just once (although not too loudly if you’re with other people). How is it possible that this made it all the way to a live TV news reader without any flags being raised? Here’s a home video of the report:

It’s mildly racist. Very funny. Very sad. And, of course, they blamed it all on an intern.


What’s your digital lifestyle?

Posted on: December 1st, 2010 by admin-kablooey 6 Comments

I am a firm believer that every person hasa certian level of digital integration in their lifestyle. The is something in almost all of us that uses the digital landscape in someway or another. This is what excites me about digital media – its different for everyone.

Each person experiences the digital landscape in their own way, from their own vantage point and with their own personal agenda. This is the Consumer 2.0 I have spoken about before. I go into this in more detail in our presentation but I wanted to share a bit of insight into a study by TNS Surveys which outlines six digital lifestyles. These are:


The internet is an integral part of my life. I’m young and a big mobile Internet user and generally access everywhere, all of the time. I’m a blogger, a passionate social networker with many social network friends. I’m also a big online shopper, even via my mobile. I want to make sure as many people as possible hear my online voice.


I just love talking and expressing myself, whether that’s face to face, on a fixed line, mobile or on social networking sites, instant messaging or just emailing people. I really want to express myself in the online world in the way that I can’t in the offline one. I tend to be a smart phone user and I’m connecting online from my mobile, at home, at work or at college.


I use the internet to gain knowledge, information and to educate myself about the world. I’m not very interested in social networking but I do want to hear from like-minded people especially to help me make purchase decisions. I’m very interested in the latest thing.


The internet is important for me to establish and maintain relationships. I have a busy life whether it’s my profession or managing the home. I use things like social networking to keep in touch with people I wouldn’t have time to otherwise. I’m a big home internet home user and I’m very open to talking to brands and looking for promotions. That said I’m not really the kind of person to voice my opinions online.


I’m looking to create a personal space online. I’m very new to the Internet and I’m accessing via mobile and internet cafes but mostly from home. I’m not doing a great deal at the moment online but I’m desperate to do more of everything, especially from a mobile device.


The internet is a functional tool, I don’t want to express myself online. I like emailing, checking the news, sport & weather but also online shopping. I’m really not interested in anything new (like social networking )and I am worried about data privacy and security. I am older and have been using the internet for a long time.

Which one are you?

I would love to hear your comments on which digital lifestyle most described you. Feel free to comment. Thank you

What the Chilean miners’ rescue tells us about online media consumption

Posted on: October 20th, 2010 by admin-kablooey 4 Comments

Wednesday October 13th, most of the world were watching with baited breath as the rescue mission started for thirty three Chilean miners trapped about 700 meters below the ground. All thirty three men are doing well and it seems that their only cause for concern would be dealing with the new found fame.

The media is always a good reflection of how an event captures the heart of people and this was no different. In fact this event caused a few social media records to break as people watched, followed and tweeted their support for the famous miners.

Chilean Rescue almost as popular as the Obama Election

Shortly after rescue operations announced they would start the rescue the next day (5pm on Tuesday the 12th October) traffic to online news websites surged to record the 5th largest spike in global news traffic since 2005.

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Chilean miner rescue creates 5th largest global news traffic spike

One of the largest success factors to the increase in online media consumption has been the new technologies in streaming video of the event to online viewers. Essentially allowing CNN to broadcast 4.6 million live streams of the event. In addition this translated into 82.5 million page views on the website.

What was the social media impact?


Why the UK needs a Jon Stewart

Posted on: April 8th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

I really don’t like how the UK media (especially radio and TV) do political interviews. The journalists are exceptionally and unnecessarily antagonistic, and seem much more intent on tripping up their interviewees than finding any facts or truth in the interaction. They’d consider the interview a success if they can corner the interviewee and get them to make a badly considered statement. In tiny doses, it can make for interesting viewing or listening, but it really gets wearisome quite quickly. There is space in British media for someone who will do a good job at interviewing with a wholesome outcome in mind – especially politicians.

But I’d also suggest that there is space for someone like Jon Stewart from The Daily Show. His stock in trade on his Comedy Central news show is to take archive clips of politicians and public figures and contrast these with something they’ve just recently said. For example, last night he reportedly incredulously on John McCain’s statement late last week that “I never considered myself a maverick.” As Stewart said, this is so obviously revisionist that he didn’t even need to show archive material to make the point. “Maverick” was almost the entire foundation of McCain’s presidential campaign.

Stewart does this every day to devastating effect, and provides real insight into the character of individuals and organisations. In fact, in a poll a year or so ago, Jon Stewart was voted as the most trustworthy news source in the United States (that says more about the US than Stewart!).

I think the UK could do with someone who does what Stewart does. I find it hard to believe, for instance, that Gordon Brown’s words as Chancellor are not shown over and over again in the media, or that opposition parties do not make more of them. For example, in Mr Brown’s first budget, in July 1997, as the new chancellor, he lambasted his predecessors who “deluded themselves into believing that growth, however unbalanced, was evidence of their success.” He vowed: “I will not ignore the warning signs.” Hr promised: “Public finances must be sustainable, [otherwise] the poor, the elderly and those on fixed incomes… will suffer most.” There were other now-ironic gems, such as “I will not allow house prices to get out of control” and “This is a government that keeps its promises on tax.” On occasions, he claimed to have abolished the cycle of boom and bust, and saved the world (this last one was an unfortunate “mis-speak”, but is still fun to watch. The others were all said in earnest).

The flip-flopping, spin doctor-managed politicians need to be held to account for their words. The UK media doesn’t do a good job at doing this. We need a Jon Stewart. Are any of UK’s comedians up for this?

After healthcare reform – quick predictions for the path ahead

Posted on: March 22nd, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 2 Comments

This started as a note on my Facebook status update last night, as I watched the historic vote in the US in favour of healthcare reform. I truly believe this is a step in the right direction for America.

But, the build up has proven how deep the divides run in America right now. When Republican protestors can hurl racial slurs at Congressmen and women, and call them “baby killers” after passing the bill, and when a massive overhaul of social security and healthcare extension to 30 million people can come down the single issue of the funding of abortion, then you know there’s a lot more going on than just healthcare reform.

So, without much deep analysis, here our my predictions for the next few months in the aftermath of the passing of the Bill.

You’ll have a few Republican power bases who will try and overturn the Bill, suing the central government. These will fail, and will make those Governors and Senators look foolish and churlish. Obama should be able to deal with them quite easily in the media.


The increasing bankruptcy of 24 hour news media

Posted on: August 20th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I enjoy Jon Stewart’s Daily Show – the satirical news program from the States. Sometimes puerile, sometimes just dumb, but quite often genius, it is an (irreverent) look into US politics, culture and media. This past week, Stewart once again poked fun at the US media giants and the dumbing down of mainstream news media.

If it wasn’t so sad, it would be hysterical. Mainly, it’s just sad that the people we’re supposed to trust to report on what’s happening in our world have descended to these depths.

Watch the video below, or go here if you can’t see it.