1. Redesigned full-colour Sunday Times will launch this weekend.
2. BBC disses ITV.
3. Gaydar Radio (does this really exist?) is annoyed by yesterday’s story (see below) about the Heinz ad, and is calling for a boycott of Heinz. Which of Heinz’s 57 varieties could you not live without? Do consumer boycotts work?
4. From the Telegraph: apparently, the queen has only just got around to stripping Robert Mugabe of his (honorary) knighthood. I wonder if there are other dictators and mass-murderers wandering around with honours from our queen?
5. The Google defence. If people are habitually searching for naughty stuff on the internet, can it be deemed obscene?
6. Anniversaries are always rich pickings for stories, especially on slow news days. Almost every news outlet has stories about the report on last year’s floods. Here’s the Independent’s take. Apparently, last summer’s floods were “devastating.” If that’s so, what adjective should we use for the Boxing Day Tsunami?
7. BoingBoing has a link to an ABC news story about the comparative scariness of horror films and horror games. Worth a discussion, though I’ve never played what the American reporters call “Hrrrrr” videogames. There’s a bit in the ABC report (video, after the ad, unfortunately) where they talk about the radio giving out static when something supernatural is about to appear.
8. I’ve added a link to the blogroll (pause for snigger from the back) to an Introduction to Genre Theory. Enjoy!