they were giving an aggressive positive spin to viewer numbers.
In wake of the Beijing Olympics, there were all kinds of viewing figures being tossed around. I read, variously, of claims of 87% and 94% of the Chinese population tuning into the event. But I couldn't find how such claims were constructed--nor who were the 6% allegedly not tuning in (the deaf, blind and the incarcerated?)
With all such audience claims, I think you need to add a whole bag of salt!
Sacha: I had a look at Grownups. Scarey stuff about aching heels and bad backs. Not yet quite ready to plunge into that world of mobility scooters and spiritual guides. . Seems more like it is designed for 70+, rather than 50+.
kiwiboomers is more about interesting writing and wry commentaries on the world, without being too grumpy old buggers.
As local niche sites, what do you make of Grownups compared with Kiwiboomers
Call me ambivalent about the whole notion of kiwiboomers ('kiwibivalent'?), but I do have a lot of time for Paul Smith, who puts the site together. There is something called Grownups? I am not sure whether I qualify for that ;-)
this very attitude cost us the V8's
You are welcome to have them back! I have never seen the point of such motorsports--except as a means of further reducing dwindling natural resources , and annoying the locals!
As a complete aside (and if anyone is interested), my rather gushy review of the Al Green concert in Auckland last month is now up on kiwiboomers. It got lost for a while, so it is a late review, at http://www.kiwiboomers.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2928&Itemid=72
Still, the Chiefs tried to play an interesting game, despite the heat, the monsoon, the yahoos in the crowd--and deserved to win. I will reserve opinion on this year's Super 14 until I have seen a few more games.
The photo spread on the front of the sports section in today's SST
Now you have made me go and dig the SST out of the recycling bin (I hadn't read the sporting section as there would have been no news of the Chiefs Super 14 game in Durban).
Still, it is an interesting question. Do still images such as these have a greater potency (or 'effect') than moving images, in that they can be clipped, stored, revisited, poured over? I have occasionally visited this proposition, when exploring the hoary old 'media effects' debate, using similar press/still images--such as the photo of Kurt Cobain, holding a gun to his chin, which appeared on the front page of the DomPost years ago. All of the attention, in the research literature, is on the moving image (eg counts of 'violent instances'') , with practically nil attention paid to photographs (except in the case of the 'effects' of pornography).
Be interested on other thoughts on this.
Where's everybody gone?
Well, for me, it is one of those moments on PAS when I don't have anything useful to add. But you go for it guys, and keep us entertained.
So, should I go?
You really should. Pick a ripe question or two from those raised in this discussion, and sock it to her!
"Brevity is ... wit"
Brevity is ... wot?
Thinking of the riches of language, James Joyce was never short of a word nor hesitant about inventing a new one. I sure would hate to read the short word version of Ulysses. I once read what I thought was Moby Dick until I realised it was the abridged version (the tuna version?). Then I found the giant, complete version.
We really need the Hon Dr Hayward to be part of this conversation. Where is he these days??
got through school without learning to read or write and didn't see what the problem was
Depressing but all too frequent. There has always been an anti-intellectual/anti-education strain in New Zealand life. Recall, for example, the mana bestowed on Norm Kirk for his lack of education.
What would a good idea would be to get parents to sit the same tests as their children, and see how many of them fail.