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The talk that I gave at Opentech in London in May 2011.

The talk that I gave at Opentech in London in May 2011.

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Watching the Press Watching the Press Presentation Transcript

  • Watching The Press
  • The Press Lies to You
  • The Press Lies to You
  • Sometimes For Political Reasons
  • Sometimes Just Because They're Crap
  • Some Examples
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  • “ Downton downsized... by two hours because American TV executives fear its intricate plot will baffle U.S. Viewers” - Daily Mail
  • “ Eight-hour ITV series slashed to six for the States”
  • “ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements, while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials.”
  • “ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements , while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials .”
  • ITV: 15 mins of ads/hour PBS: No ads
  • ITV: 8 hours (includes 2 hours of ads) PBS: 6 hours (no major cuts)
  • Simple maths
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  • “ SALT shakers are being removed from fish and chip shops in a nanny state ruling on what we can eat.” “ The petty diktat is supposed to be part of a healthy living drive to lower salt consumption which has been linked to high blood pressure.”
  • “ Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run Stockport Council, facing cuts of £50million over four years, wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters.” “ As part of its campaign, customers who notice no salt on the counter or table will have to ask for it.”
  • “ Cash-strapped Lib Dem-run Stockport Council , facing cuts of £50million over four years, wants fish and chip shops, cafes and Indian restaurants to hide salt shakers behind the counters .” “ As part of its campaign , customers who notice no salt on the counter or table will have to ask for it.”
  • Not national Not a diktat Not a ban
  • Winterval
  • War on Christmas
  • Birmingham City Council 1997/1998 Winter festival Included Christmas http://www.thedisinformed.co.uk/2010/12/12/the-winterval-myth/
  • Science
  • Tabloid journalist + Science = Disaster
  • MMR
  • “ controversial vaccine”
  • Uncritical reporting of unscientific nonsense
  • “ Ask the doctor: Will natural remedies shift gallstones?”
  • “ Scientists say homeopathy is undiluted hogwash. But it CAN work - and that's all that matters”
  • “ The dance boss who hasn't seen a GP for 42 years... thanks to natural remedies and a pair of infrared pants”
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  • This is not new
  • So what is new?
  • The Internet
  • 1. New audiences
  • Who would pay for a tabloid?
  • But when it's free on the web site
  • See any Daily Mail comment discussion
  • 2. Fact checking
  • 2. Fact checking (Not by them, of course – by us)
  • “ Google threatens to destroy not only pop sensation Adele, but Britain's film and music industries. So why is No.10 in thrall to this parasitic monster?”
  • “ The company wants to plunder intellectual property —songs by Adele and other British singers — so that it can disseminate it free to anyone who logs on to Google anywhere in the world.”
  • “ One only has to switch on the computer, call up the Google search engine and type in the name of a star like Adele...”
  • “ Nine out of the first ten websites which pop up on Google’s search engine are run by pirates”
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  • 3. Sharing
  • “ a heavily orchestrated internet campaign” -- Jan Moir, Oct 2009
  • Some interesting projects
  • churnalism
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  • istyosty
  • Caches web site content
  • Share links without sharing click revenue
  • PCC Campaign
  • 1: Equal prominence for retractions, corrections & apologies
  • 2: Retain URL for retractions, corrections & apologies
  • 3: Code should cover headlines
  • 4: Sources to be credited
  • 5: Longer consultation for more fundemental discussions
  • “ Thank you for your suggestions”
  • “ We don't want to do that”
  • Press Watching Blogs
  • The Sun – Tabloid Lies the-sun-lies.blogspot.com @the_sun_lies
  • Mail Watch mailwatch.co.uk @mailwatch
  • Express Watch expresswatch.co.uk @expresswatch
  • Five Chinese Crackers fivechinesecrackers.com @5ChinCrack Enemies of Reason enemiesofreason.co.uk @stebax
  • Tabloid Watch tabloid-watch.blogspot.com @tabloidwatch The Daily Quail dailyquail.org @dailyquail
  • Angry Mob butireaditinthepaper.co.uk @uponnothing Nadia Knows nadiaknows.blogspot.com @NadiaSaint
  • What can I do to help?
  • Follow our 3-step programme
  • 1. Read tabloids
  • Google Reader is your friend
  • 2. Check facts
  • It's really not hard
  • 3. Share your findings
  • Blog Twitter Facebook
  • (In the real world too)
  • Tell us
  • Spread the message
  • The Press Lies to You
  • Dave Cross @davorg dave.org.uk
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