A brief round up of the Sunday funnies
Name that crim…
Whaleoil -aka the blogger Cameron Slater – must be feeling a little chuffed this morning, his ‘name and shame’ campaign got a morale boost from two columnists.
Kerre Woodham in the HoS and Rosemary McLeod in the SST are both on board with the Whale’s crusade to have a Manawatu man exposed as a serial downloader of child porn. The man has name suppression – to protect his wife, not him – but there’s been a teacup full of storm about lifting name suppression so that other men in the region aren’t under a cloud of suspicion.
My feeling is that anyone who needs to know who this guy is probably already does, so lifting name suppression is really only going to satisfy some public curiosity, not actually improve the standard of living in Manawatu.
The case of the North Shore teacher with name suppression also refuses to go away; or the one about the man who infected his wife with HIV. In the SST Jonathon Marshall has a good round-up of the recent action on name suppression.
Name suppression is a big story this weekend – the crim who allegedly popped four shots into a south Auckland copper has had his interim name suppression lifted and Whaleoil is hflopping mad about police getting name suppression on the Christchurch man held in relation to the murder of Vanessa Pickering. As Whale points out, they’ve already named him in a media release.
Funny though, why would the cops bother when they’ve used his name in relation to other matters and the guy’s name is already on a Facebook page established by Vanessa’s friends:
the man who is known to be involed has been caught who is known as XXXXXXX XXXXXXX [‘xed’ by EM] but still havent found missing vanessa pickering mother to a 7 yearold…
That’s obviously been there for a few days now. Why no clamour to take it down?
Death is so funny, let’s watch it again
If we’re reduced to using social media – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc – to watch and rewatch the sad death of a mediocre athlete, but no doubt well-loved son, brother, lover etc, then f&*( me, we have a lot to learn.
Nodar Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Doctors were unable to revive the 21-year-old luger, who died at a hospital.
Apparently, the video of Nodar’s fatal accident was uploaded to YouTube and his death was the trending topic all day on Twitter.
Video of Nodar Kumaritashvili’s crash was posted on YouTube almost immediately, and there were more than a dozen clips of it by late afternoon.
The crash was the top hot topic on Google Trends at one point, and the Georgian athlete dominated the “hot searches” list. His name was a trending topic on Twitter.
Why? This morbid curiosity is ghoulish and offensive.
But, I reserve my real scorn for this numbnuck – he’s a professor at one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the world and he’s confused about the concepts of ‘real’ and ‘time’.
“People want the news as it happens in real time,” said Sree Sreenivasan, a professor of journalism at Columbia. “The idea of waiting until the authority does a story is still important, but not as important as it used to be.”
OK, “as it happens in real time.” What does that mean to you?
It seems that it means ‘while the event is happening’, that is ‘live’. So anyone watching the luge event on any of the channels devoted to everything Olympic at this time, could claim to have seen it in ‘real time’. But uploading the video footage to YouTube and trending it on Twitter happens after the event.
You see, really to be ‘news’ , something has to have already happened; otherwise it’s crystal ball gazing, or something equally Uncensored.
So, professor, it’s now cool is it to indulge in gore-fantasy repeat-viewing of an unfortunate death in a wrongly-understood ‘real’ time. There was a graphic series of still images in the papers this morning, but thankfully, they don’t appear to be still online at the SST, or the HoS.
But, I want to hand out a special Valentine’s Day bouquet to SST sports columnist of the year, Richard Boock for his piece today on the dirty underbelly of the Vancouver games. His piece outlines the OTT policing and other anti-social behaviour that’s gone on in the host city to make the games a ‘success’. Unfortunately, it’s not up on the Stuff site – at least not where I could find it.
Never a dull moment
Shayne Currie has signed his last editorial at the HoS and is moving back to daily journalism at what he calls the ‘mothership’, the NZ Herald. In his role as editor Shayne has to put up with criticism from time to time (he’s had ‘words’ with me in the past), but he also found time to be generous to AUT journalism students.
He’d come into classrooms regularly to talk about some of the good and not-so-good front pages he has been responsible for since launching the paper in 2004. He’s also been a good mentor to the AUT graduates who populate his newsroom and come under his influence from time to time.
Shayne, like any good newspaper editor, is also not shy of having an opinion about almost anything. And his editorial today is all about his time at the HoS, his attempts to keep readers and advertisers happy (not always easy to do both at once) and (uncosnciously, I’m sure) his place in New Zealand journalism history.
To be remembered it’s always good to come up wit a memorable quote and this one deserves to be up there with the best of them.
Selling the paper is of utmost importance, and to achieve that it’s not always what might be considered the best, traditional journalism that makes the front page.
That neatly sums up the Sunday newspaper market in one pithy sentence. I’ve submitted it to a journalism quotes website, I’ll let you know if it gets up.
Cheers Shayne, this one’s for you.