The Blagger's Blog 3rd August 2012
A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week’s light news success stories included…
…Kristen Stewart, of Twilight Saga fame, saying sorry for cheating on Robert Pattinson, with 54 articles reporting on that bombshell, in contrast the trial for the chap who tweeted he would blow up an airport out of frustration- as a joke- had his conviction overturned in the High Court and only made it into 10 …
……Paris Jackson, Michael’s daughter, posting on Twitter that her Grandma is missing, as relayed in 50 stories, whereas Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks, and six others were charged over the phone hacking scandal, and appeared in no less than 28…
…and finally, this year’s annual Teen Choice Awards, and the celebrities that made an appearance formed the crux of 45 headlines, almost double the 24 that focused on a woman dying in a Dorset landslide.
On paper it’s an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, but scratch beneath the surface and last Friday night was about plenty more than welcoming athletes from across the world to London. The UK is struggling economically, and outside investment is high on the agenda, as such Danny Boyle’s ode to all that is Great about Britain- from industry to creativity and pop culture- is about as good an advert as anyone could ask for.
The thing with unfounded rumours is people often remember them more than the truth. This week a company called Limited Run accused Facebook of using in-house bots to click on its ads, and trying to illicit £1,280 for the rights to change the brand name on the network. Big claims, matched with big statements like: “This is why we need to delete this page and move away from Facebook. They’re scumbags and we just don’t have the patience for scumbags”. Ouch.
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