The Blagger’s Blog 31st August 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Thought for the week

“”Profit without purpose is a recipe for disaster.” Elisabeth Murdoch discussing the business policies of her brother, James Murdoch, and News Corp.

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Light news success stories in the papers this week included…

..Katherine Jenkins denying having an affair with David Beckham, according to 12 articles, whereas Northern Ireland may criminalise paying for sex but only 4 reports ran…

…Snooki, of Jersey Shore notoriety, giving birth, as features in 3 stories, the same amount that covered the Advertising Standards Agency rejecting A4e from labelling itself a ‘social purpose company’…

…and, finally, the ten funniest jokes told at 2012’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which featured in 10 stories, in contrast the two German tourists killed in a plane crash in Kenya appeared in just 1.

(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

How the mighty are falling, at least in terms of public perception. Amid the legal battle waging between Apple and Samsung, with the latter accused of breaching several iPatents, the world’s coolest computer firm don’t seem to realise half the world has begun poking fun at its aggressive protectionist tactics.

Weekly low

Olympic Bronze Medallist Sam Oldham was no doubt rather satisfied with his achievements, and happy his Grandma placed a 200/1 bet he would reach the podium. Shame Betfred are refusing to honour the wager, claiming his success was a team, not individual event.

Three things that may happen next week…

The final albums eligible for Britain’s feted Mercury Music Prize will arrive in shops to buy, despite calls for to depose Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, loyalist Liberal Democrats could well rally in favour of the party chief, and the new leader of the Green Party will be unveiled after ballots closed today.

Dates for your diary

Monday 3rd September- Manchester; CING September Meetup @ Gorilla- a chance for creatives to network and discuss projects and ideas with food and drinks at one of Spinningfields’ trendiest hangouts.

Tuesday 5th September- Leeds; Leeds Digital Lunch @ The Adelphi- Ahead of the Leeds Digital Festival in October interested professionals are invited to meet, greet, and discuss the industry.

Thursday 6th September 2012- Liverpool; Social Media Cafe @ 23 Roscoe Lane- informal event open to anyone interested in social media, designed to help educate and innovate.

If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email helloATsmokinggun.co.uk or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!

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