Apr 4, 2012

Sinking a good story … Yahoo dumps staff … Q&A more annoying …

Those Titanic buffs really like to sink a good story, if this correction in The Guardian is anything to go by. Plus other media news of the day.

Department of Corrections. Those Titanic buffs really like to sink a good story, if this correction in The Guardian is anything to go by:

But it's not just boat nerds who are insistent that the Titanic story gets told faithfully. Director of James Cameron's Titanic recently explained how he only changed one shot in the new 3D release of the film after criticism from Titanic watchers. He told Culture magazine:
"Oh, there is one shot that I fixed. It's because Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the U.S.' leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said, 'All right, you son of a bitch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, and I'll put it in the movie.' So that's the one shot that has been changed."
Front page of the day. A powerful front page from the San Francisco Chronicle as it reports on the shootings at a nearby Oakland university.

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6 thoughts on “Sinking a good story … Yahoo dumps staff … Q&A more annoying …

  1. klewso

    “Queer and Annoying” – so what happens if you don’t have “the necessary equipment” to vote?

  2. zut alors

    Q&A gets more annoying…not to mention dumbed down. Just what we need, more piffle polls.

  3. Son of foro


    Is it so wrong of me to hate this already?

  4. Gerry Hatrick, OAP

    Yay Q&A, to become even more pointless! Let’s have more political hacks talking at each other, and we can vote on it! woohoo! PAAARRRRTTTTYYYY! It screams “fun” at me!


  5. Holden Back

    Querelous and Asinine.

  6. A. N. Onymus

    On Monday Tony Jones announced that the Easter Monday program would be a two-person panel, George Pell and Richard Dawkins. I thought this would be quite interesting and looked forward to watching it. My anticipation has disappeared!

    I shall watch the program, but this might be farewell to Q&A for me.

    A while ago I read or heard about a man who had stuck a strip of Velcro across the bottom of his beautiful digital TV to mask the news feeds, Twitter remarks, etc. that appear on various programs. He was willing to lose some of his screen to avoid them.

    I get the same result when necessary by changing the screen resolution with the remote control. I can only hope and pray that my trick will also conceal this “more annoying” feature.

    Alternatively, the ABC should utilise the same technology that allows the viewer to turn closed captions on or off for their news feeds, Twitter remarks, this new proposal, and any other similar distractions they come up with in the future.

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