Watching the Press

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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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  • 1. Watching The Press
  • 2. The Press Lies to You
  • 3. The Press Lies to You
  • 4. Sometimes For Political Reasons
  • 5. Sometimes Just Because They're Crap
  • 6. Some Examples
  • 7.  
  • 8. “ Downton downsized... by two hours because American TV executives fear its intricate plot will baffle U.S. Viewers” - Daily Mail
  • 9. “ Eight-hour ITV series slashed to six for the States”
  • 10. “ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements, while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials.”
  • 11. “ On ITV, the series, [...] ran with advertisements , while PBS - the Public Broadcasting Service - is free of commercials .”
  • 12. ITV: 15 mins of ads/hour PBS: No ads
  • 13. ITV: 8 hours (includes 2 hours of ads) PBS: 6 hours (no major cuts)
  • 14. Simple maths
  • 15.  
  • 16. “ 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.”
  • 17. “ 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.”
  • 18. “ 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.”
  • 19. Not national Not a diktat Not a ban
  • 20. Winterval
  • 21. War on Christmas
  • 22. Birmingham City Council 1997/1998 Winter festival Included Christmas http://www.thedisinformed.co.uk/2010/12/12/the-winterval-myth/
  • 23. Science
  • 24. Tabloid journalist + Science = Disaster
  • 25. MMR
  • 26. “ controversial vaccine”
  • 27. Uncritical reporting of unscientific nonsense
  • 28. “ Ask the doctor: Will natural remedies shift gallstones?”
  • 29. “ Scientists say homeopathy is undiluted hogwash. But it CAN work - and that's all that matters”
  • 30. “ The dance boss who hasn't seen a GP for 42 years... thanks to natural remedies and a pair of infrared pants”
  • 31.  
  • 32.  
  • 33. This is not new
  • 34. So what is new?
  • 35. The Internet
  • 36. 1. New audiences
  • 37. Who would pay for a tabloid?
  • 38. But when it's free on the web site
  • 39. See any Daily Mail comment discussion
  • 40. 2. Fact checking
  • 41. 2. Fact checking (Not by them, of course – by us)
  • 42. “ 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?”
  • 43. “ 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.”
  • 44. “ One only has to switch on the computer, call up the Google search engine and type in the name of a star like Adele...”
  • 45. “ Nine out of the first ten websites which pop up on Google’s search engine are run by pirates”
  • 46.  
  • 47. 3. Sharing
  • 48. “ a heavily orchestrated internet campaign” -- Jan Moir, Oct 2009
  • 49. Some interesting projects
  • 50. churnalism
  • 51.  
  • 52.  
  • 53.  
  • 54. istyosty
  • 55. Caches web site content
  • 56. Share links without sharing click revenue
  • 57. PCC Campaign
  • 58. 1: Equal prominence for retractions, corrections & apologies
  • 59. 2: Retain URL for retractions, corrections & apologies
  • 60. 3: Code should cover headlines
  • 61. 4: Sources to be credited
  • 62. 5: Longer consultation for more fundemental discussions
  • 63. “ Thank you for your suggestions”
  • 64. “ We don't want to do that”
  • 65. Press Watching Blogs
  • 66. The Sun – Tabloid Lies the-sun-lies.blogspot.com @the_sun_lies
  • 67. Mail Watch mailwatch.co.uk @mailwatch
  • 68. Express Watch expresswatch.co.uk @expresswatch
  • 69. Five Chinese Crackers fivechinesecrackers.com @5ChinCrack Enemies of Reason enemiesofreason.co.uk @stebax
  • 70. Tabloid Watch tabloid-watch.blogspot.com @tabloidwatch The Daily Quail dailyquail.org @dailyquail
  • 71. Angry Mob butireaditinthepaper.co.uk @uponnothing Nadia Knows nadiaknows.blogspot.com @NadiaSaint
  • 72. What can I do to help?
  • 73. Follow our 3-step programme
  • 74. 1. Read tabloids
  • 75. Google Reader is your friend
  • 76. 2. Check facts
  • 77. It's really not hard
  • 78. 3. Share your findings
  • 79. Blog Twitter Facebook
  • 80. (In the real world too)
  • 81. Tell us
  • 82. Spread the message
  • 83. The Press Lies to You
  • 84. Dave Cross @davorg dave.org.uk
  • 85.