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1. Fancy a share in ITV? 43p.
2. I’m quite fond of Wired magazine. It’s one of the few I can read cover to cover, every article and news snippet, and find something of interest on every page. I was reading a copy of Wired the night my first daughter was born. Now a UK version (with matching web site) is in the offing. Hope they don’t dumb it down and turn it into some kind of gadget/lad’s mag.
3. The curse of Saturday night. One of the reasons for the 43p share price.
4. User-generated content. You may remember your Year 11 English exam had a lot of guff about Glastonbury. Why does this mudbath garner so much more media coverage than all the other summer festivals? I put it down to clever marketing, coupled with the desire of seemingly every single Bright Young Thing who works in the media to score a free ticket, thus inventing an excuse for all the coverage. I find it bewildering, myself. It doesn’t even have the pedigree of the Isle of Wight festival. I know people see the images and like to picture themselves at the front of the crowd, but what’s it like to be sitting 3/4 of the way back, surrounded by mud and litter, with no option but to watch the big screens?
5. Apart from the unexpected, most so-called news is based on entirely predictable events – a summit here, a parliamentary vote there. But one thing the media does love is an anniversary. It gives prime opportunity to compare then-with-now, and piggyback a load of commentary on the “news” that something happened so many years ago today. 2008 sees a number of significant anniversaries. It’s the 60th anniversary of the NHS, for example, so there’s a lot of coverage of that. It’s also the 40th anniversary of Hey Jude and the White Album. Today, it’s the 100th anniversary of this Event. Now, imagine something of that magnitude occurring anywhere in the world today – let alone over a major population centre. The truly amazing thing about that event is that there is still considerable doubt as to what caused it – and an expedition to invesitgate a radar signal from beneath lake Cheko might yet discover something unexpected. (Key words removed to make this less popular with search engines… eventually.)