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Tag: television

My life in World Cups

The first World Cup I was around for was in 1982, however I was too young at the time to remember it now. However, once I was old enough to get into football I soon picked up the key elements – Harald Schumacher’s horrendous foul on Patrick Battiston, Marco Tardelli’s goal celebration in the final, Algeria being the big surprise of the tournament, West Germany and Austria conspiring to play out a result that benefited both teams, a second group stage… Read the rest of this entry »

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The camera lies

Boy holding camera

A few recent scenarios for you. All happened. All involved technology. All were kind of annoying, or at least eye-opening. In each case I couldn’t quite figure out how much I should blame the technology, and how much I should blame the person. Or indeed, how much I should blame myself for a particular worldview. Read the rest of this entry »

“This just in. You are looking at obviously a very disturbing live shot there”

George W Bush turns away from a television set on 9/11

9/11 was, among many other things, the ultimate television event. Never before had genuine, world-altering history unfolded on live television. Perhaps the closest forerunner was the Zapruder footage, yet that was not shown on network television until 1975. The shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald was shown on live television but, while shocking, was more a footnote to a historic event than the whole event itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Failed fragments

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Mainstream literary fiction is falling to pieces.

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This may not be a bad thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Modernism Redux

A rather fun take on modernism from Will Self, broadcast earlier this year. I’d happily listen to a whole series of programmes arranged like this, different voices drifting in and out, new juxtapositions and comparisons made between decades, personalities, media. While the initial set-up is a little hokey, the execution of the idea is excellent. Well worth a listen. You can also download it here.