October 24, 2005

Did Anyone Notice The Noise?

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4370288.stm

Riots in Birmingham and has anyone here heard anything about them? No.

Sigh.

This is a sad side effect of being at this uni I guess. People just don't pay attention even to the localest of local news.

Anyway, I'm in two minds as to whether to write the entry on this that I really want to write. I spoke to my brother earlier and he's a student at UCE which pretty much means he can't have the same student ignorance of so many at Warwick because these riots are taking place literally down the road from where he is. Three whole bus stops away. He rang me earlier for a chat and told me what was going on.

And the reason I hesitate. I do read the news, the BBC News website in fact. And nothing on the BBC's website was contradicted by my brother's view from the ground. The thing was that he gave lots of extra details that the BBC had left out, no doubt because their inclusion would have had to be very very firmly backed with evidence for a respectable news outlet to issue them. Now I don't think my brother was lying. I'm pretty sure he was telling the truth as far as he knew it. But it put such a different slant on the situation that I was almost moved to write about it. Then I wondered if I should. Call it some weird sense of journalistic integrity (not that I'm anything more than a hack cartoonist on a student paper) but if the BBC ain't saying then maybe there's a reason. So I'll leave it for now and monitor what the BBC says over the next few days. Hell, I might even look at other news outlets to see if they are being less reticent.

Anyway, the truth as my brother told it is quite (though not massively) explosive. Not that anyone here would ever notice…


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  1. Any more explosive than someone being killed?

    24 Oct 2005, 01:03

  2. Christopher Rossdale

    You're assuming that the BBC is totally honest, and in no way acts to preserve civil control.

    24 Oct 2005, 01:29

  3. some more detailed information here:

    link

    24 Oct 2005, 01:42

  4. Mathew Mannion

    You're assuming that the BBC is totally honest, and in no way acts to preserve civil control.

    You're a great friend, Chris, but stop being such a pedantic twat, the BBC is awesome :P

    24 Oct 2005, 02:05

  5. Me & Himself were in Birmingham yesterday and there were loads of people just gawking at the big screen in the square behind Victoria Square. Us included.

    Just standing there, frowning, looking at the BBC footage.

    24 Oct 2005, 08:32

  6. i read about it….ashemdly it was in the news of the world (which i didnt buy i might add!)

    24 Oct 2005, 10:28

  7. Christopher Rossdale

    I love the BBC, it's one of the greatest institutions around, but I won't accept that information is it's only agenda :p

    24 Oct 2005, 18:14

  8. The BBC sends me subliminal messages telling me to make chutney…

    24 Oct 2005, 19:40

  9. Christopher Rossdale

    It's because i'm eating a Tikka Masala, i think we've got our subliminal wires crossed :P

    24 Oct 2005, 20:46


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