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Blog posts by year and month July 2010

Posts (51)

  1. The nearly unthinkable has actually happened. Robbie Williams is returning to Take That. There's an album in November. There's also some footage of all the boys together. Watch the two-minute footage of Robbie Williams rejoining Take That on the BBC News website The style is arrestingly diff...

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  2. So, a Facebook page dedicated to Raoul Moat appears; it attracts controversial comments; gets a mention in Prime Minister's Questions; and is condemned by all the usual suspects. Downing Street said it hadn't asked Facebook to take it down, but that didn't stop the Mail and Tory MP Chris Heato...

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  3. For Neda is a documentary about Neda Agha Soltan (below), the young Iranian woman who was shot in the middle of the demonstrations in Tehran last summer. The camera phone pictures of her horrible death and photographs of her beautiful face went around the world in hours, turning her into a symbo...

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  4. On 2 June 2010, Derrick Bird, a 52-year-old taxi driver based in Whitehaven, shot and killed 12 people, including his twin brother, and injured a further 11. The shooting spree across West Cumbria began in the early hours of the morning and ended just after 1pm in the afternoon when he shot a...

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  5. Something happened to Raoul Moat in the days after he killed his ex-girlfriend's new partner, as well as shot her and wounded a policeman. He ceased to be a human being. Or, more precisely, he gave the tabloid press an excuse to strip him of his humanity and turn him into a monster. On 8 July ...

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  6. If you type "BP oil spill" into Google, at the top of the list of results is a sponsored link taking you to the BP website, where you can find out, as the tag on the link says, "Info about the Gulf of Mexico Spill; Learn more about how BP is helping." It's a page devoted to what BP calls the "...

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  7. The relationship between media-operator and media-minder in disaster relief can be tense. Sarah Wilson (above) has been a media officer for Christian Aid for six years, specialising in the Caribbean and Latin/Central America. Her official job title for the NGO is 'journalist'.  I was...

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  8. The Story of Newspapers by W.D. Siddle was one of the Ladybird 'Achievements' Books, published in 1969. Despite being over 40 years old, there are some contemporary resonances, such as the explanation of the relation between a newspaper's advertising and its sales. Siddle points out that ...

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  9. The suicide of Raoul Moat was, among other things, a media event. Inevitably so, perhaps. But what kind of event? And did we - the news media - get it right? Writing in the Observer, Barbara Ellen, amidst a dissertation on "the almost-nuclear frustration of the failed male", asks one sen...

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  10. The combination of a judge who is a peer, homosexuality, immigration and Kylie was always going to be a combustible media item. But when Lord Rodger coupled his ruling against the forced extradition of gay asylum seekers with remarks about Kylie, cocktails and girlie chat, he presented the pre...

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