I'll be back in a bit, but for now here's some links.
Amanda Geffer in New Scientist describes how to spot a hidden religious agenda in 'science' articles. Can we have a similar article for spotting a hidden marketing agenda? A hidden political agenda? A hidden load of old bollocks agenda? And then an article on how to ignore all of that completely, even if you've spotted it's there?
Liberal Conspiracy has an article asking why Philip Pullman's story has been taken down from the Times website. Some commenters snarl that it's because Pullman's piece is a crock of shit. I tend to disagree that's the reason: that doesn't stop the times from printing Oliver Kamm every week, does it? And besides, the Pullman article does have valid points in it.
Angry Mob looks at how the Mail's prejudices are stirring up hatred against minorities. This time it's evidence that minority workers are suffering most in the recession, spun by the Mail as "the Government is looking after THEM better than everyone else." The evidence is really beginning to mount up now, and it can't be ignored. Either the Mail really believes that minorities are a lower form of life, or it thinks its readers think that way, and is therefore pandering to them. Either way it's pretty shabby journalism.
And The Quail peels away the layers from the Mail's coverage to put the same message in rather more bald terms.
- (not very) Quick links
- Quick! Someone tell Littlejohn!
- A few links, and then I’ll be off
- Links 11/2/10
- A quick ‘spot the difference’