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.
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…