Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Worst job in SA media: running @timeslive twitter account

Pic: @Sipho_Stuurman

If you think you've had a tough day, spare a thought  for the poor soul who mans (or womans, it's the 21st century) who runs the Twitter account of The Times.

I used to think that the journalists who "pound the road" to go and collect us the stories, package them and

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

I'm famous in, well wherever The Guardian is read

Now I know why Julius Malema says all those quotable things he says.  More importantly, I now know how he feels when he sees something he said a only a few hours prior appear in print.  But I suspect having newspapers present something I said a while ago as fresh utterances is something I'll have to confine to my

Friday, 23 November 2012

Daily Mail Mel B photoshop fail

Yes this picture was published by the most read "news" site in the world.

I know there's a rush to tell us what celebrities are wearing today and - depending on whether they want us to like them or hate them - manipulating the pictures to prompt us to either direction, but even The Daily Mail

Monday, 12 November 2012

News24 Hofmeyr Wiki story fail

According to News24, the act of being a member of the open source forum by which wikipedia pages are edited and using that privilege to edit a page, albeit with false if funny data, is now known as "hacking".

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Reuters ANC Afriforum agreement headline fail

The ANC and the white special interest group, Afriforum reached an agreement on Wednesday that effectively ended their court battle and culminated in the ANC pledging to stop their supporters singing the song which led to the court case in the first place.

Quite how they intend to achieve that is not yet clear but if you read the story on the Reuters website like I did you'd have come away with the impression that the agreement was between the ANC and all white inhabitants of South Africa.  In fact, the word "Afriforum" does not feature in the story until the second paragraph and we all know that on the internet people only read the headline, look at the pictures and head straight to the comments section to let the world know what they think about the story they have not read.

This is a huge fail and I'm surprised that three full days after the day it was published they have not edited the headline.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Daily Mail perving on 14 year old Elle Fanning fail

It looks like the Daily Mail is taking a page out of The Huffington Post by perving on underage girls.  They've gone after somebody named Elle Fanning.  No I don't know who or what she does but I doubt her parents will apprecieate the suggestion that she's "showing off her womanly curves" by a newspaper.

Keep it up Daily Mail.  With any luck she'll be on drugs and have cellulite before her 18th birthday then you can really go to town with her.