The Blagger's Blog 16th September 2011

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week there were…
… 46 stories published about Paddy Doherty winning Celebrity Big Brother, but just 42 reported on the fact that Hurricane Katia is heading for the UK…
… ITV’s new gameshow, Red Or Black, stole no less than 53 headlines, whereas the inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi hotel receptionist detained by British forces, only appeared in 50…
… and finally, 38 articles ran on the announcement of Strictly Come Dancing’s next group of contestants, while Egyptian protestors stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo and only 23 stories made it to press.
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

Anyone who isn’t excited at the prospect of watching the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu Ray probably needs to have another think about things. We all went pretty crazy with the VHS launch, and when a DVD boxset was released pre-orders were a necessity. But this will be much, much better. To mark the event London’s BT Tower was turned into the world’s largest light sabre, showing for one night only. Now there’s a publicity stunt.

Weekly low

Al-Jazeera affiliate Mubasher Misr provides extensive coverage of recent disturbances at the Israeli embassy in Cairo. A day later Egypt’s supreme military council raid the building, seize broadcasting equipment, and take the channel off air. Then all licences for new satellite TV stations are frozen and a law is reactivated allowing civilians and journalists to be detained indefinitely, raising concerns about the post-revolutionary country.

Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs Vancouver

Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 15/9/2011)

#mufc #mcfc

#xfactor #bbuk

#manchester #themostcommonlies

#rwc2011 #f1

#motd #rwc

It’s all quiet on the north western front with people less interested in current affairs, and more bothered about sport and TV. The Rugby World Cup continues to remind us that football isn’t the only national game, though Match of the Day begs to differ. Of course the F1’s been on too, with Sebastien Vettel winning for Renault in Italy, and when none of those appealed plenty of people turned over for Channel 5’s resurrected Big Brother.
One to watch: ozoneeleven (Ozone Eleven- Blog for designers and web designers; 14,841 followers / 17,917 updates)
Top London #tags (seven days to 15/9/2011)

#xfactor #themostcommonlies

#thingsthatshouldbebanned #rwc2011

#f1 #mufc

#arsenal #rwc

#bbuk #peopleneedtostop

As in Manchester the people of London have been largely concerned with what was happening on their screens this week. X Factor continues to cause a stir, as does that reality show with people trapped in a house. Meanwhile the more competitive residents of Britain’s biggest city have no doubt been inspired by the rugby and motor sport, if tweeting about Arsenal’s shaky start to the season hasn’t taken up all of their energy.
One to watch: timlovejoy (Tim Lovejoy- Man on telly; 283,297 followers / 18,835 updates)
Top Vancouver #tags (seven days to 15/9/2011)

#vancouver #amberalert

#earthquake #canucks

#neverforget #nfl

#usopen #rwc2011

#bcquake #entourage

On September 9th a more than noticeable earthquake struck off the coast of British Columbia, the  state in which Vancouver is located. Measuring around 6.0 on the Richter scale less than a week later a second set of tremors shook the area, this time measuring 4.0, so understandably the tweets have been tweeting. Aside from that Canada’s huge 50-man rugby squad are out in New Zealand, while Djokovic beat Nadal in the US Open final.
One to watch: bsainsbury (Bonnie Sainsbury- Left Brain Marketing, internet marketing specialist; 43,127 followers / 6,122 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.
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