Monday, November 3, 2014

Book review: News is bad for you - giving it up will make you happier

People must be really frustrated with the media otherwise this
book review from 2013 would not be time and again among 
the "most viewed" article in the Guardian.

The continuing newspaper crisis confirms an undercurrent
trend. Lots of people hate the media, the way they operate,
and are frustrated. Whether the media crisis takes an even
sharper turn or not depends on if people react, are 
consequential and cut back on their news consumption.
Or if they continue consuming and resign to their frustration.

One of the bad habits and strategies of the media are 
click baiting, or inciting to "rage clicks" with controversial
topics, hated persons and political issues. A really rare article
dirty secret.  A lot more could be written, admitted and confessed 
to the reading public who are kept in a permanent state of 
outrage and anger, supposed to react to any red flag presented 
like the bull in a bull fight. Needless to say that the reader
gets nowhere, is just his time, submitting to the "learned
helplessness", and is likely to have a hard time economically.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Media crisis: Not only death and taxes are certain but also media layoffs and cutbacks

The media business has eventually entered into a state of permanent
misery. Newspapers for instance turned out to be mortal as well,
publications that do after all not exist in all eternity. It is just a 
matter of time when the next newspaper will cease to exist.

There are the monthly newspaper ABCs dutifully noting the declining
number of sales. Month for month, they steadily lose buyers.

When using the search words "media layoffs" or "newspaper layoffs"
(+ news) up come the lot of recent notices and reports to that effect.
CNN for instance is just laying off 300 staff. It should not come as
a surprise as the number of viewers of cable news channels in the US 

The magazine business is also in serious decline. Conde Nast, among
others, is axing staff. The media consumers are getting rid of ever
more newspapers, magazines, TV subscriptions.
A women's magazine therefore upgrade it's readers about the
layoffs, the cutbacks, obviously aware that the female readers
are frustrated with the media, willing to say a soft bye bye.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Daughter of Magdalene Laundries victim tells story of mother on Twitter

Sometimes it is really great that the modern means of communication exist. And
that people have great interest and sympathy for victims, like those of the
Magdalene Laundries.

Samantha Long, the daughter of Magdalene Laundries victim, tells the
story of her late mother on Twitter and having great success with that.

It is a very sad and appalling story. The poor women was taken to the laundries
at the age of two and would leave the Church run laundries 49 years later in a
coffin, after she died of slave related injuries.

And here's the tweet thread by Samantha Long

It is also great to note that hypocrisy is not much of religion anymore.
When the Catholic Church complains about secularism, people becoming
ever more godless, and so on, they practically slander people again.
Because, as mentioned, it is just hypocrisy in all its institutionalized forms
that fading and vanishing thanks to people staying away from such rituals
and events. They also fail to mention that Jesus did not preach hypocrisy,
quite to the contrary, he spoke out against it, had nothing good to say about it.

And they fail to tell this simple truth: That Jesus never told anyone to join
a congregation, a sect or a church, nor did tell anyone to visit a temple (church),
attend rituals there and so on.
Instead he recommended - Matth. 6,6: "And if you pray, go into room where
nobody can see you, and there you pray. ..."
With this advise he solved the whole lot of problems very efficiently. It is
unbelievable what kind of problems someone can thus avoid simply by
staying home on Sunday for instance, not being under the influence of clerics.
Like this one can avoid those scumbag Catholics who are always to either
heap further abuse on victims, twist such stories or are otherwise complicit.
in such scandals.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tabloids are biggest losers in circulation again

The Sun on Sunday is the  biggest loser. 6% of its readers stopped
buying it in December. It was started with a circulation of 3,2 million
in 2011. Meantime the circulation is down to 1,877 739. The decline
of the print media is not to stop.

The daily edition of the Sun also went down considerably with 3,66%
in December and which is thus the biggest loser.

See here for the December UK figures:
The Sunday newspaper market (including some circulation in Ireland)

The national daily market (also including some Irish circulation)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Irish newspapers want big money for links to articles

The Irish newspapers presently manage something otherwise only
experienced in dictatorships. The want a law passed that enables them
to ask for lots of money for links to articles. And there is not one word
in the newspapers about their efforts. A total news blackout concerning
this matter.

Hence it is outside websites carrying the information, apart from
The, Irish an internet (news) website.
Read more on Business Insider, USA

The Irish media have, by and large, their long list of sins. Sins that helped
to bring the economic problems about Ireland is in now.
Since the outbreak of the crisis, they banked on "bad news are good news",
are great in wailing, whining, ranting, while at the same time carrying on
partying and minding "life style" issues just like the French aristocracy before
the Revolution. The certainly aren't business papers that can be taken
serious. A serious media crisis would not be a problem, rather solve a
lot of current problems.

Update: The Irish Times has meantime reacted and declared that links to
articles in the Irish Times would be tolerated. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quiet please! Newspaper readers save the pennies, again.

Newspapers, tabloids in particular, are always giving their readers
a reason to save the expense for a paper, do without the nonsense they
churn out.  Princess Kate's pregnancy and the media circus around that
could be one of many reasons for further serious circulation declines in the
coming months.

The decline in audience continued again in November. The UK tabloids
are in permanent decline. The figures in the UK are an indication of where the
newspapers in Ireland are heading.
Read more: The November circulations compared to September and a year ago.

The Irish media could become victims of their own. The love the economic
crisis since it began, consider bad news to be good news for them.
Until that habit turns out to become their nemesis.

An article in 2010 took up this then new habit of the Irish media, how they
indulge in the crisis. Once in a while it happens that people, companies or
organizations dig their own grave.
The big sin by the Irish media is that they are making no effort to be helpful
and useful in the crisis. Instead they are matters worse, continue to be a real
Read more: Crisis everywhere except in the Irish media.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Succes and fun: Chinese grandpa modelling for granddaughter's fashion

Another great internet success story. A 72 years old grandpa is modeling
his granddaughter's teen fashion. He just wanted to help her. And have a bit
of fun with the family.
It's no wonder that it all became an internet sensation within a short period of time.
See here for yourself.