Friday, May 20, 2005

"How I unwittingly helped to start the Happy Slaps panic"

Graham Barnfield has an intersting article on the media looking for thigns that aren't there, and turning him into someone he's not as a result (from the viewpoint of the casual reader). Towards the end, he brings it towards the idea of "flocking attention" that I've been playnig with this week, over the last few posts. A reminder why out-and-out market popularity isn't always for the best.

3 comments:

phil jones said...

You don't know whether to laugh or cry do you? How FUCKING obtuse are some people (both big media + this guy)

Hello! Big media? Wake up! THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU!!!

Yes! It's caused by the media.

No! It's not caused by *your*, broadcast, media. Don't bother congratulating yourselves by wallowing in mock self-flagelation.

Notice that thing about camera cellphones? Yep? This is ordinary teenage low-level violence, given a boost by two-way, *peer-to-peer* media; the same stigmergic inspiration that gives energy to the bazaar of violence in Iraq. Coming from a play-ground near you.

And no, you can't stop it my regulating the broadcast media. It doesn't live there.

http://www.nooranch.com/synaesmedia/wiki/wiki.cgi?HappySlapping

Graham B said...

There's not a lot more for me to add, apart from what I wrote on Spiked. I keep on finding out more about happy slaps than I ever wanted to know, although my basic take on it still hasn't changed.
What's interesting now is that various radio/press folks are still phoning up for things to quote, and they stick with me even when I say "I'm not an expert, only the Tonight press release says I'm an expert."
Still, I'm a grown-up who takes the money off them, so I have to take the rough with the smooth. I can put up with invented quotations (hello, Sunday Telegraph) but get touchy about invented positions (no, Jackass should not be banned). Ho hum....
Graham Barnfield

Scribe said...

What's interesting now is that various radio/press folks are still phoning up for things to quote, and they stick with me even when I say "I'm not an expert, only the Tonight press release says I'm an expert."

Exactly. So... just as markets reflect what people think/hope will happen, does Google reflect what people think/hope the world looks like? Curious. What's real any more?