All entries for August 2008

August 29, 2008

Orangina advert and Monkey Olympics

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHA9Ig7HOGA&NR=1

Two mass media texts I’ve seen recently that I really like, both really short, and both advertising something that are way, way less interesting than the adverts are themselves. One was the trailer for the Olympics based on various incarnations of Journey to the West http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/07/what_do_you_think_about_monkey.html. The other is for that Orangina advert. Both are also interesting for the debates that have cropped up around them. When I saw both I thought they were both so self-evidently brilliant that no-one could have an issue with them, but reading through the posts that accompany them a lot of people are either bewildered or outraged by them. Are these texts really so difficult to read that people are being confused by them? And are people so prudish that a few anthros strutting around being sprayed by orange juice is upsetting them? Really, I’d like get my head around what people’s problem is.


August 13, 2008

I really hope this guy is joking

Writing about web page http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AoAJHGZps9hJ.BGB6Jik.4gjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20080811122917AAmOaHy

Yahoo question

“I live in georegia but i dont see rusia no where not even sound but they says theres tanks should i be worrie
i herd on the news that rusia has invaded but i dont see them no where wats going on”

Is that for real?


August 04, 2008

Faith schools an oxymoron

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/oct/18/godshonesttruth

Wow – at least in Swedish schools children are protected from being fed misinformation by people whom they should be able to trust not to lie to them ... let’s hope that it’s not too long before similar protection is offered to UK children – or at least state sponsorship of personal belief dressed up as education is dropped. :#

“The Swedish government has announced plans to clamp down hard on religious education. It will soon become illegal even for private faith schools to teach religious doctrines as if they were true. In an interesting twist on the American experience, prayer will remain legal in schools – after all, it has no truth value. But everything that takes place on the curriculum’s time will have to be secular. “Pupils must be protected from every sort of fundamentalism,” said the minister for schools, Jan Björklund.

Creationism and ID are explicitly banned but so is proselytising even in religious education classes.”


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