The Blagger's Blog 16th December 2011
A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week’s light news success stories included…
… Little Mix winning the final of X Factor, with 82 papers reporting on the achievement, whereas Republican candidates debating in Iowa lagged behind with 79…
…14 luxury cars crashing in Japan, causing a staggering amount of damage to the tune of several millions of US dollars, as recounted in 19 articles, while scientists discovered the biggest black holes ever found (coming in individually at 10billion times the size of our sun) and featured in just 13…
…and finally, plans being announced for a musical version of Britain’s longest-running soap opera, Coronation Street, which 11 stories reported on, just four less than the 15 that told of the hospital fire in Calcutta that killed dozens.
German car manufacturer VW have bagged themselves a beauty with this well conceived clip you will no doubt be seeing a fair bit of in the next couple of weeks. Paying homage to two of our favourite things- Back To The Future and the original 1976 classic Golf GTI- it’s a nostalgic joy, and well made point about just how far the company has come.
US retailer Lowes was paying for advertising space on a new US TV show called All American Muslim. Then a conservative group got in touch, The Florida Family Association, accusing the show of hiding a darker ‘Islamic agenda’, and the commercials were pulled so as not to cause offence. Big mistake, as accusations of racism came flooding in, along with threats to boycot the stores.
Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs Bristol
Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 15/12/2011)
Christmas is well and truly in the air, and Mancunians have been doing the only decent thing to do. Plenty of television then, not that what’s been watched on the box doesn’t feature heavily in most week’s top tweets. This time round the Royal Variety Performance makes an appearance, after Peter Kay hosted on Wednesday night, while X Factor’s final easily made the list, with mixed reactions to the final song.
One to watch: didsburylife (Didsbury Life – Works with independent retailers and businesses in Didsbury; 3,940 followers / 24,643 updates)
Top London #tags (seven days to 15/12/2011)
Apparently 4.3million tuned in for the final of Young Apprentice, so it’s no surprise to see Alan Sugar’s search for a junior junior featuring high up on London’s Twitter agenda. Aside from that whether or not X Factor winners Little Mix murdered Damien Rice’s Cannonball with their winners’ performance has also been up for serious discussion. And, finally, so have people’s ten favourite moments of the year.
One to watch: thomaspower (Thomas Power – Entrepreneur focused on social media; 70,085 followers / 69,034 updates)
Top Bristol #tags (seven days to 15/12/2011)
Down in the South West Bristolians have been keeping an eye on much the same stuff as the rest of us. So questions like “is Elf the best Christmas film of all time” have all been raised, while reactions to Shane Meadows’ latest three-part instalment of his This Is England series have also been coming in thick and fast. Needless to say, Little Mix and the X Factor juggernaut didn’t fail to make an appearance either.
One to watch: iron_ammonite (Paul Williams– Film Maker, BBC Wildlife TV, Writer, Photographer; 22,896 followers / 2,959 updates)
That was The Blagger’s Blog, a selection of statements, statistics and noteworthy newsies from across the media and social world, amalgamated, allowing the time-starved professional to start a conversation from thin air.
If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email [email protected] or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!