I wonder if I should pay more attention to how my interests are shifting.
Something I’ve been reading and writing about lately, more than I thought I would when I started this blog, is general tabloid and journalistic shiteness. Some of the blogs I’m most consistently impressed by these days are based entirely around highlighting the hypocrisy and malice behind a lot of the print media’s news stories and editorial pieces – specifically Tabloid Watch, the Angry Mob, and Enemies of Reason.
If you’ve been paying attention for long, you’ll have noticed me rail against the Daily Mail on here more than once, and I’m certainly able to embark on a full-on diatribe if a particular piece of abysmal reporting sufficiently pisses me off.
But those guys mentioned above are consistently finding absolute gems of newspaper bullshit, and dismantling the illogic behind them with masterful precision. I have much to learn.
So here’s another foray into the minor leagues.
I’m often fascinated by the weird stories that the MSN news page throws at me. I know it’d be silly to expect too much from a service that might as well have the tagline “The news source you only ever see for about a second after logging out of Hotmail”, but still.
For instance, there’s this story, which takes a quote from someone being generically supportive about his friend’s career, and makes it sound like Tom Cruise is some sort of psychic prognosticator gazing into a crystal ball to make mystical predictions about future World Cup line-ups.
Or this one, which reports and analyses at length why Kristen Stewart wishes the media wouldn’t keep reporting and analysing everything she says – with particular focus on a poorly chosen remark comparing having her photograph taken to being raped.
And I just went to see if I might be able to find a third one to round things off, and I swear the top story on their “Celebrity news” page right now has the headline: “Amy Winehouse ‘dates normal bloke'”. Genius.
Well, it’s a start.