Thursday, 4 June 2009

unreality TV

I'm having difficulty starting this post as it is one of those 'am I just preaching to the choir' topics. But I think I have a little more to offer following some recent conversations.

My constantly growing disenchantment with the media has positively sprouted after talking to a couple of people from either side of the reality TV camera.

A friend's sister appearing on Britain's Next Top Model not only allowed a serious amount of banter to be sent his way but also offered some seriously shameful insight into how this programme is made.

The girls were constantly told to up the bitch factor with each other and although too modest to admit it herself my friend's sister was clearly kicked off the show for refusing to get involved, pretend to cry or slag off the other girls.

Apparently one of the girls who has gone very far in the show went in to a room with a producer in a perfectly good mood before coming out in tears (no its not what you think!) before running up to one of the other girls, shoving her and calling her a bitch.

Now while this is hardly groundbreaking stuff, so much of the audience of this show would never stop to think about the behind the scenes and view this as reality. And I think that showing young girls that going up to a perfectly reasonable person and pushing them and calling them a bitch is normal behaviour, is actually quite damaging to society.

Another friend who actually works as production assistant told recently of his exploits on a show where his job is effectively to rile up the people involved. A common problem he faces is getting the camera crew on the scene before their anger peaks.

I guess as all tabloidesque media seeks to push the boundaries be it print, TV or online this is inevitable and being fairly libertarian minded I wouldn't call far a ban on it or anything stupid, but couldn't it just be re branded perhaps as comedy, drama etc the lines are already pretty blurred.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Snowdonia, Wales


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Originally uploaded by ArunMarsh
Just had a lovely break in the Snowdonia national park - this pic sums up the sheer magnitude of the landscape, even though the mountain range isn't huge in global terms being in its midst is a humbling, yet magnificant feeling.

I like the way the huge coach in the bottom right is dwarfed by the surrounding giving a good sense of scale.

If you are in the area - I strongly recommend the Black Boy pub in the lovely walled town of Caernarfon.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

ITV are terrible at sport

And if you needed any more proof - they just cut to adverts before the end of exta time in the FA cup Merseyside derby. An honest mistake you may say. Well its a pretty terrible one as everton scored the winning goal during that time!

Please do not give them any more big sporting events! even if the terrible commentary/presenting isnt bad enough this is!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Truth on chickens

This is interesting (don't watch the video its a 30 second advert followed by a 10 second clip of Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall throwing a plucked chicken into the air in slow motion) .

I'm no animal rights protester and I think a business has every right to act within the law to provide people who don't care about the upbringing (or consequently taste) of their food with chicken that's as cheap as chips - or should that be cheap as chicken, or maybe 'cheep' as chi... I'll stop there.

But as my main man Hugh points out in C4's 'Chickens, Hugh and Tesco Too' - it is downright deceptive to put a picture of a farmer in a field on the packaging of a chicken that has never seen daylight, let alone a field - even if, as a Tesco PR woman says, 'its reassuring'.

Yes! - it reassures me of my anti-Tesco grocery buying stance (which currently consists of not using Tesco unless it is closer, has the product(s) I'm after cheaper, has less weird people in it or has more convenient opening hours than other nearby supermarkets).

Monday, 19 January 2009

new year new direction new excuses

Well it has been a long time, hasn't it? Plenty of excuses as to why, but none really worth going into, or true.

I've taken the decision to take the blog in a more general direction, rather than focusing on how crap the mainstream media is.

There will still be a strong media focus, as that is what I am interested in, but from now on I might include interesting bits not related to the media and also look at more of my photo's and videos and other bits including my own unique take on life!

Anyway hope all the millions and millions of my fans out there had a good Christmas and New year.

Incidentally today is apparently the most miserable day of the year - is that why I have blogged for the first time in 4 months?? Personally feel quite chipper (a word I would write but never say) and anyway things can only get better!