and somewhat reminiscent of a ponytail
Allan Bell's research into readers' understanding of news stories (25 years ago!) found the same thing happening repeatedly -- readers' perceptions were most influenced by the headline and lead, which often did not accurately reflect the events being reported.
Audience perceptions from broadcast news are generally even more distorted, as for many stories only the lead is given.
And of course, on Twitter, it's only the headline.
As for retractions ... social media, and web-based media sites, just magnify the pattern we've gotten used to seeing in hardcopy print media -- of screaming large-font steaming bullshit on the front page, and eventual retraction buried in small print on page 8.
There’s also the sickeningly distasteful prospect that the image polling will double as taxpayer-funded market research for National’s next election campaign. It’s absolutely guaranteed that they will market themselves in the image NZers choose for themselves.
Just part of that plan to “Ambush us for Nu Zillan”, eh.
.... Missing the point that not responding is likely to cost us more (even in the short term).
the Uriah Heep of nations
Yeh, though even that’s possibly too ambitious (and indicates a level of literacy that we wouldn’t feel comfortable publicly acknowledging) – more, we think of ourselves as bottom of the Heep, eh …
I'm happy to be a New Zealander; but why should I be proud of that, as if it reflected some personal achievement?
Not for nothing did Samuel Johnson describe patriotism as "the last refuge of the scoundrel".
Some smells are more objective (and objectionable) than others,
but how we react subjectively depends on who they’re associated with:
Congratulations, baby’s due;
Your home will shortly reek of poo.
But don’t your darling child rebuke:
It helps to mask the stench of puke.
( The Right Time, series 1, episode 3)
*raised eyebrow* You really think National are quite that fruitbat?
I think it’s become worse as the news cycle has contracted.
Today’s news cycle is so short as to leave
no room for memory, no time for reflection;
its creators live in an infernal eternal “now”,
trapped in an ever-more rabidly, rapidly, spinning howling maw
demanding more and more quantity,
and delivering less and less quality.
That and the priority placed on “accessing” over “critically assessing” politicians (or their functionaries) means much of the Fourth Estate functions as a gated community.