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Order of the Occult Hand - Wikipedia
"The Order of the Occult Hand is a whimsical secret society of American journalists who have been able to slip the meaningless and telltale phrase "It was as if an occult hand had…" in print as a sort of a game and inside joke."
news  secrets  language  hands 
september 2018 by kevan
Journalists to use 'immune system' software against fake news | Technology | The Guardian
"The software, which was demonstrated to the Guardian, scans statements as they are made by politicians and instantly provides a verdict on their veracity."
software  politics  news  lies 
august 2017 by kevan
BBC technical glitch leaves Huw Edwards in silence on News at Ten | Media | The Guardian
"The BBC News Channel showed Edwards sitting mute for the entirety of the delay, while BBC1 put up a message apologising for the fault and played saxophone music."
news  mutation 
june 2017 by kevan
"Intercapillary Space": Caleb Whitefoord: The Cross Reading, a Modernist Poetry Avant la Garde
"Whitefoord seems to have been the first person to notice that reading [narrow newspaper column] lines across the page, instead of downwards, produced some interesting results."
news  poetry  mutation  via:waxy 
november 2016 by kevan
I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.
"We didn’t know exactly what would pan out—the headline could have been that chocolate improves sleep or lowers blood pressure—but we knew our chances of getting at least one “statistically significant” result were pretty good."
science  hoaxes  news 
may 2015 by kevan
Can you fact-check a twerking video? | Felix Salmon
"The internet is getting increasingly good at generating such [fake viral] content — so good, indeed, that the bar is getting raised, and the chances of successfully-viral content simply emerging naturally from the world are getting ever slimmer."
memetics  news  lies 
december 2013 by kevan
5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds |
"[Most people follow political news] purely as a form of entertainment. They're like sports fans, rooting for their "team" to win. And as you're going to find out, virtually all political news coverage is written to appeal to those people."
news  politics  america  via:newsmary 
april 2012 by kevan
Double X Science: Science, health, medical news freaking you out? Do the Double X Double-Take first
"Headlines are often misleading, at best, and can be wildly inaccurate. Forget about the headline. Pretend you never even saw the headline."
science  news 
april 2012 by kevan
How do I cite a tweet?
"Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet)."
twitter  news  language 
march 2012 by kevan
FAA Looks Into News Corp’s Daily Drone, Raising Questions About Who Gets To Fly Drones in The U.S. - Kashmir Hill - The Not-So Private Parts - Forbes
"[Ryan Calo] has voiced concerns [about] paparazzi drones that could be used to fly around using facial recognition technology to find and obsessively photograph Brad Pitt. [...] After [News Corp's] The Daily broadcast some incredible footage of Alabama after it was devastated by storms, UAS Vision reported that The Daily owns a MicroDrone MD4-1000."
robots  surveillance  air  law  news  via:amuchmoreexotic 
august 2011 by kevan
New Statesman - The bugger, bugged
Hugh Grant secretly records a conversation with a NoTW journalist, about phone tapping. "You know, you just . . . sat outside Buckingham Palace with a £59 scanner you bought at Argos and get Prince Charles and everything he said."
phones  surveillance  crime  news  secrets 
april 2011 by kevan
Fuel to the fire | Media Standards Trust
Chris Atkins on churnalism. "It was both a powerful and terrifying feeling, knowing that I could bash out some gibberish text and hours later have it appear verbatim in Britain’s largest selling newspaper."
news  illusions  via:tomscott 
march 2011 by kevan
Churnalism | Search
"If the engine finds any articles where the similarity [between the text of a press release and a news article] is greater than 20%, then it suggests the article may be churn."
news  mutation  via:tomscott 
february 2011 by kevan
Blue Monday is bullshit churnalism. Beware any journalist who promotes it. - bengoldacre - secondary blog
"Every year Blue Monday will reappear, perhaps the best thing you can do is treat it like a radiolabel to help you identify cut and paste journalists whose output you cannot trust more broadly."
depression  lies  news  advertising 
january 2011 by kevan
MediaShift Idea Lab . 'Report an Error' Button Should Be Standard on News Sites | PBS
"Today's articles come with their own array of buttons for sharing -- and print and email and so on. We believe that opening a channel for readers to report errors is at least as important as any of those functions."
december 2010 by kevan
Why I spoofed science journalism | Martin Robbins | Science |
"Have you ever wondered why the first few lines of any BBC website article are often particularly stilted and awkward? It's because thanks to the BBC's multi-platform publishing guidelines, the first few paragraphs of any news story need to be written in such a way that they can be cut and pasted into a Ceefax page."
news  television  writing  history  via:blech 
october 2010 by kevan
Journalism Warning Labels « Tom Scott
"Warning: Statistics, survey results and/or equations in this article were sponsored by a PR company."
news  signs 
august 2010 by kevan
'New York Times' Bans the Word 'Tweet' - The Awl
"One test is to ask yourself whether people outside of a target group regularly employ the terms in question."
twitter  language  news  via:blech 
june 2010 by kevan
Program Creates Computer-Generated Sports Stories : NPR
"StatsMonkey takes the statistics from a baseball game and produces a computer-generated news story about that game." [...] "We're really aiming this at a genuinely local audience. We're trying to write the stories no one else is writing."
news  sport  software  via:mugla 
january 2010 by kevan
London's Treasure Hunt Riots | Paul Slade - Journalist
The rise and fall of proto-ARGs from 1904, with clues hidden in detective fiction. "Before he could secure his prize, Randall had to narrow down the possible cities to Newcastle and Carlisle, [...] find a district of Newcastle that sounded a bit like 'Edward Green' and realise that the serial number Meggs had overheard must be attached to a lamp post."
games  args  pervasive  history  london  secrets  money  news  via:holly 
november 2009 by kevan
Starsuckers celebrity hoax dupes tabloids | Media |
"Atkins and his producers decided [to] pose as members of the public and offer completely fictitious stories to the tabloid press about well-known figures." [...] "If it's funny, if it's not too nasty, if you have a name and a telephone number, they will print your story."
news  lies  hoaxes  via:glinner 
october 2009 by kevan
The Conversation - Now That I Have Your Attention
Graham Linehan on newspaper coverage of Twitter. "I don't know how to use Photoshop at even the most basic level. So in the same way you would not let me write about Photoshop, I would ask that you not let [Jackie Ashley] write about Twitter."
twitter  news 
august 2009 by kevan
Kill or cure?
"The Daily Mail frequently brings us news of which objects have been discovered to cause cancer, and which have been shown to prevent it. In some cases, they do both. In order to make sense of this vast resource of clinical information, I've scraped the Daily Mail’s website for articles mentioning cancer."
news  pestilence  science  delusions 
july 2009 by kevan
Investigate your MP's expenses -
Crowdsourcing boring research. "Some pages will be covering letters, or claim forms for office stationery. But somewhere in here is the receipt for a duck island. And who knows what else may turn up. If you find something which you think needs further attention, simply hit the button marked 'investigate this!' and we’ll take a closer look."
politics  money  news  crowds 
june 2009 by kevan
US advertising: McMorning Las Vegas, here's the news | Media | The Guardian
"The presenters conspicuously do not drink from the cups, which is just as well - the cups contain a bogus fluid and fake ice to prevent the cubes melting."
news  advertising  camrad 
july 2008 by kevan
Euromyths - Keyword index
The European Commission's weary catalogue of tabloid nonsense. "Euromyths are scare stories based on hearsay, rumours and half-truths, many of which have been repeated so often that they have become accepted truths within the public and media consciousness."
news  lies  law  via:catriona 
july 2008 by kevan
Linkbait at any Cost? - CopyWrite
"If producing highly successful linkbait requires nothing more than fabricating a salacious news story, then online marketing presents a serious danger to the integrity of online news."
news  hoaxes  camrad  via:waxy 
may 2008 by kevan
Towards the End of the Morning - Michael Frayn
A great snapshot of the dying days of Fleet Street, the middle-class second-guessing of future suburban house prices, fledgling international air travel, and the lazy, unstoppable rise of television.
booklog  news  television  travel  society 
february 2008 by kevan
How You See It
Overlaid news. "What How You See It hopes to illuminate is how news broadcasts, far from daring reporting or varied approaches has regressed to pantomiming each other, creating a cacophony of sound and images that are no different from one another."
news  art  videos  via:waxy 
february 2008 by kevan
The Associated Press: Accused Wallet Thief Caught on Page One
"Some sharp-eyed copy editors at the newspaper first noticed the matching photos as they were laying out the newspaper Wednesday night and wondered if they showed the same man, managing editor Paul Emerson said Thursday."
news  crime  coincidences 
december 2007 by kevan
Roman Holiday (1953)
The slumming royalty of a non-specified English-speaking country, being led around Rome by a cynical journalist and his shin-kicked photographer who's lucky to get a quarter of the pre-paparazzi story fees.
filmlog  3stars  society  secrets  lies  news  photos  italy 
november 2007 by kevan
The London Evening Standard Headline Generator
Spliced together from pavement-board photos, by Holly. "Toxic Fog 'Will Haunt Brown'"
random  news 
august 2007 by kevan - misc - iPredict
"Although news is immediately a historical account, it is also implicitly a gamble on the future, a suggestion of where things will be. iPredict attempts to capture those implicit questions in every news story."
news  future  emergence  via:infosthetics 
june 2007 by kevan
Water Cooler Games - The New York Times Publishes Our Newsgames
"Persuasive Games has a new publishing relationship with The New York Times, in which they will be publishing newsgames we create on their op-ed page, as editorial content, not just as games."
games  news 
may 2007 by kevan
Bad Science » Given the choice, I'd have the miracle pill story
"This story was completely ignored by the entire British news media, despite their preoccupation with both antisocial behaviour and miracle cures, for one simple reason: this was not a story about a pill. It was a cheap, practical parenting programme."
science  medicine  news 
may 2007 by kevan
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Screwball divorce comedy with undercover 1930s tabloid journalists infiltrating a socialite wedding, before that plot thread gets dropped in favour of absent-minded alcoholic chaos. Good leads.
filmlog  3stars  love  news  lies  drinks 
may 2007 by kevan
News at Seven
"Each day, News at Seven automatically generates a virtual newscast pulled from stories, images, videos and blogs all linked by a common news topic."
february 2007 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Charlie Brooker on getting married
Using Comment Is Free to complain about your sub-editors: "I wish to point out that I didn't write the words 'Well get this-- I'M NOT!' in the original headline. No. That was added later, presumably to fill some space on the page. Ugh."
writing  news  meta 
january 2007 by kevan
"Whenever there is a new report about GM rice, a quarter cup of rice is dispensed into the cooker. When the cooker has enough rice for a meal, water is added [and] the cooker is switched on [and] an email is sent out to inviting people to eat the rice."
food  news  technology  art  via:infosthetics 
january 2007 by kevan
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Weak screwball comedy that never really gets going, with an uncomfortable attempt at comedy domestic violence, and a generally weird and morbid attitude throughout, with a radium-poisoned girl being the toast of New York for being so "doomed".
filmlog  2stars  news  pestilence  secrets  lies  love  death 
december 2006 by kevan
News Sniffer - Revisionista recommended revisions
"Revisionista monitors news websites and detects when articles change. The versions are viewable and the changes are highlighted."
news  politics  language  meta  via:currybet 
october 2006 by kevan
Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads)
"Each time it finds [a news headline involving deaths], an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and instructs a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos to drop one yellow [ball bearing] per person."
art  news  death  lego  via:infosthetics 
august 2006 by kevan
Network (1976)
Exploitative television and trivialised news coverage, although I'm too ignorant of American TV history to know exactly how ad absurdum it was meant to be, from here. The detached plotlines drag the film a bit, but it's great satire otherwise.
filmlog  4stars  news  television  delusions 
august 2006 by kevan
The Life and Opinions of Andrew Rilstone: Notes from a parallel universe - Ten things I learned by reading the Daily Express
"But the three terms are three more ideological code-words. 'Bobby' is nostalgic and affectionate: it doesn't mean 'policeman', but 'good, old-fashioned police-man on a bike who knows the names of local people'."
news  lies  delusions  psychology  politics  via:lmg 
june 2006 by kevan
Independent > Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV'
"The public obviously expects their news reports are going to be based on real reporting and real information. If they are watching an advertisement for a company or a government policy, they need to be told."
news  advertising  politics  lies  camrad 
may 2006 by kevan
Water Cooler Games - Columbine, Videogames as Expression, and Ineffability
"Why is it 'quite another thing' to have a game about Columbine? Is it because videogames do not have the power to address such issues? Is it because they do, but the public does not understand them?"
games  history  simulation  death  news  via:waxy 
may 2006 by kevan
His Girl Friday (1940)
Cary Grant trying to stop Rosalind Russell from leaving his newspaper, by being charmingly ruthless and lying appallingly at every single opportunity. Strong and snappy characters, and some fun subjectivity-of-the-press scenes.
filmlog  4stars  news  lies  crime  writing 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The final irony
Zoe Williams on irony. "To know inauthenticity isn't the same as being authentic. Or even, just because you ironically know you're wrong doesn't make you right."
language  philosophy  history  humour  news  via:idiolect 
march 2006 by kevan
Fantasy World News Generator - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Another World
Better than the sci-fi version, unexpectedly. "The war on chaotic-evil will continue long after the Kurmak Caves and Rustheap are stable, warlord Peter Frogsteel, lord of the Orcish Empire, told military officials from around the realm Friday."
creations  news  monsters 
march 2006 by kevan
Ghoulish: "Kuma\War is an episodic [first-person shooter] game that re-creates real-world conflicts in video game format using information culled from news accounts, military experts, Department of Defense records and original research."
games  war  news  simulation 
march 2006 by kevan
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Very sharp glimpse of what television meant in the 1950s, and what it could have been, what it was important for it to become. Present-day parallels are a bit heavy-handed, but it still stands up in isolation.
filmlog  3stars  television  politics  news  history  cigarettes 
march 2006 by kevan
The Trendspotting Generation
"It's wasn't so long ago that big news meant Great Men and Major Events. [Now] trend stories are everywhere. Already common 20 years ago, they have become ubiquitous in the last five or ten."
news  society  meta  psychology 
january 2006 by kevan
Sci-Fi News - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Around the Galaxy
"Queen Sawid II delivered a somber Generic Holiday Period meme Sunday, remembering those who lost loved ones in last year's Dylabos timequake and the transit bombings that shook Megacit's security."
creations  news  future  random  space  aliens 
december 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | 'They have given me somebody else's voice - Blair's voice'
The Sun disingenuously connecting their own headline quote with a photo of a bombing victim, a professor of, er, media studies. "You don't even have to be a sophisticated analyst to see what they are doing with the visual rhetoric and verbal anchorage."
news  cheating  terrorism  politics  meta 
november 2005 by kevan | Don't dumb me down
Ben Goldacre on how science gets lost and simplified on its way to a newspaper. "You can be sure that at least one person in any given 'science communication' chain is just juggling words about on a page, without having the first clue what they mean."
science  news 
september 2005 by kevan
The Daily Mail Watch - watching them : watching us
The headlines are depressingly-funny enough without having explanatory comments, though, really.
news  politics 
july 2005 by kevan Life is short in online news - How long did it take you to find this story?
"After just three days, most people who are ever going to read the item have already done so."
news  web  memetics  meta 
may 2005 by kevan
All the President's Men (1976)
Nice house-of-cards, overlap-of-probability portrayal of the investigative journalist's craft, if almost unbearably slow-burning in its procession of not-quite-informative-enough informants.
filmlog  3stars  politics  crime  news 
april 2005 by kevan
Searchable and clickably browsable pages from Ceefax, with an authentically horrible old font. Impressive work.
television  news  simulation 
march 2005 by kevan
Media Mammon
"Media Mammon is like a stock market of news, memes and hypes. It allows you to trade shares of companies, countries, events, persons or sports teams: in fact any word or phrase you can think of."
games  meta  news  web 
december 2004 by kevan
10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time
One hundred news-trawled words and photographs, daily.
meta  news  photos  web 
november 2004 by kevan
Megawati, Yudhoyono Contest Indonesian Election; Voting Ends
Tsk to Nethack making me think that these people must be dungeon shopkeepers. (The game's food shopkeepers are named after Indonesian towns; passim.)
illusions  nethack  news 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Interview with Jon Snow
"What we need is to be told by one other human being with a pair of eyes what it's like to be at this place where things are happening. [...] We are deluging people with information, but no insight, no human connection. This is anti-communication."
eyes  interviews  news 
october 2004 by kevan
Top Headlines
An ambiguous-news-headline LiveJournal community.
language  meta  news 
september 2004 by kevan | Fax of life
Ceefax was "accidentally discovered by BBC engineers" 30 years ago. But it's not been the same since they relaxed the haiku-style 35-character constraint on headlines.
history  news  technology  television 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Politics | Between the lines
A newspaper article explaining how to read newspaper articles, by Andrew Marr. "If the headline asks a question, try answering 'no'."
meta  news 
september 2004 by kevan
Dog Bites Dog
Recombinant news headlines, from Leonard. "Actress of 'King Kong' fame wins lawsuit over damages to home." "Team of doctors found inside patient 7 years after surgery."
humour  news  random 
august 2004 by kevan
British National Corpus : Search
Regexpable text search of the British National Corpus (a representative 100,106,008-word range of British text sources; books, newspaper articles, personal letters, etc).
books  language  news 
august 2004 by kevan
Telegraph | Mathematical junk
A rant against stupid "scientists discover formula for perfect X" news stories.
lunacy  maths  news 
june 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Technology | 19th Century news going online
British Library to put searchable archive scans up on the web.
history  libraries  news  web 
june 2004 by kevan
stamen: google news
Wonderful interactive news-graph of story-popularity over time.
flash  news  time 
june 2004 by kevan
The Morning News - Reading With the Enemy
A left-wing journalist goes on an right-wing-media diet for one month. Welcome to Daily Mail Island.
news  politics 
may 2004 by kevan
The Octopus News Magazine Online
"Your Octopus, Squid and Cephalopod Information Center."
news  squid 
may 2004 by kevan
Today's Front Pages - Map View
Flash map that brings up the front pages of regional papers, for various cities.
flash  maps  news 
may 2004 by kevan

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