Posts Tagged ‘press’

So I have several things to write about today, though I can’t guarantee that any of them will actually be interesting.

The share price went up 11 pence today, which is the largest rise in a few weeks since the peak of the turmoil, so things might be on the up and there’s just a small chance I won’t actually lose money after all, which is nice.

It seems the gods of Spite and Irony have been conspiring against me of late (not that they exist of course, but you know). Since writing my previous post about my dislike for charity collectors (not, I’d like it known, charity in general), I have been put in charge of all the charity events coordinating and collecting at work in November for Children In Need. I was less than impressed. Firstly, I’m no good at organising things like that, but more importantly I have no idea what kind of things we can do to raise monies. Thankfully, I’ll be in an entirely different country at the time, so I may yet be able to get out of it.

You know, every time I navigate to the WordPress site, all the Hawt Posts, Top VIP Posts, and Hot Community Posts are always about Obama, McCain, Palin, and the up-coming US election. Now granted, this is quite an interesting time, politically, but still. I can’t help wondering what all you people are going to write about once someone’s been elected and it’s all over and done with. Yes yes, I know there’ll still be plenty of issues for you to cover, re-cover, cover a third time, wax lyrical on unnecessarily, and talk about ad nauseum, but some of you are going to run out of fuel after the choice is made. I’m looking forward to it. Not only do an awful lot of the political blogs genuinely upset me because of the sheer and unashamed ignorance and arrogance of some of the people writing them, but also because frankly, I want something different on the WordPress front page to catch my eye.

While I generally dislike Facebook, especially because it’s not working properly at the moment whatsoever on my laptop, it does have some uses. I recently got ‘added’ by a girl I used to go to school with and haven’t seen or spoken to for nearly 15 years. It brought up some old and chucklesome memories – we used to hang out together climbing trees (pun unintended but left in for effect) and such like. She was my first girlfriend, in as much as you can have a girlfriend when you’re 11 years old. Anyway, yes, the joys of the internet.

I have had quite a few compliments on my reply to the journalist who wrote that fucking atrocious article that I posted in this entry (though not one comment on it, people – disappointed). I also know from past experience that I’m very good at writing that kind of thing, scathing and generally sarcastic and caustic replies to other people’s stupidity or ignorance. However, I’m straining my mind to think of what possible genre of writing I can turn that into, other than perhaps being a critic, which doesn’t really interest me. I do enjoy writing and having a good rant at someone for being foolish, though, so it’s something I’d like to do more of. Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can put that slightly unique brand of writing to good use? Regardless, until someone comes up with a decent idea or two, I’m going to start a campaign to get that ‘journalist’ fired, removed, resigned, or generally incredibly discredited for his utter and complete failure to produce anything worthy of reading. Should be fun.

I’m sure I had some other things to say, too, but I can’t remember them now. Alas.

Oh. I found out today that one of my best friends has cancer. He’s 22. I’m not sure I’m entirely thrilled about that.

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The moose in the Canadian wilds are “Big,” according to an eye witness. Just thought I’d allay all your fears about that.

I was having a brief, and probably what he thought was a motivational chat with a colleague at work yesterday. Now, I can’t remember exactly what was said, but it was along the general lines of figures, targets, unrealistic expectations and such like. I mentioned something about a sale I’d done and he said it was good or some such, to which I replied that it was indeed, but it was nowhere near what needed to be done. His reply was something along the lines of “well yeah, it’s not where it needs to be and you can look at it as the glass being half empty, but you could always look on the positive side where the glass is half full, can’t you.” I replied with “the glass is neither half full nor half empty, it’s twice as big as it needs to be,” then left him standing in silence. Not only does existentialism beat corporate buzz-phrases, but it gives unique outlooks on life. Plus it’s fun to throw at classically trained middle-management.

Now let me explain something, people. It’s not a tricky concept, but one most people seem to struggle to grasp. Do not believe everything you read in the press. Erm, except this. This is fine.

The press reported that a meeting took place involving the heads of all the major banks in the UK with some of the economic dudes in the government. This did actually happen. The press also reported that the banking group I work for asked the government for some ‘bail out’ money to help the company maintain stability and functionality in these times of economic crisis. This did not happen. But because the press reported it, share prices for my said employer crashed today to an all time low for the last two decades. This has nothing to do with the solvency of the company, or the relative worth of its shares whatsoever, it’s simple rumour-mongering and a lack of public confidence caused by it. The staff of said company are well aware that our stability and value, as well as general worth is absolutely fine, to the point that many members of staff have, today, bought thousands of pounds worth of group shares each because when they go back up to the normal average price in a few weeks we all stand to double our money. Thanks, media.

Not all, by any means, but a damn lot of the problems with the economy and the general state of the nation at the moment are compounded and exacerbated by the press. It’s all well and good saying you have a right to free speech, and you have a duty to report the true nature of things. And I don’t disagree on those points. However, you’re making the damn problems worse. Almost out and out lying, blowing things out of all reasonable proportions, and spreading fear among the general populace are not good ways to help the country pull itself out of the current slump. Have some damn ethics and stop making things worse for the sake of a good story and an eye-catching headline. Yes, I do realise asking that is like asking a lion not to chase gazelles, but still. One can hope.

I was going to write some more, but I’ve got some spices to collect.