How to report the news


106 Responses to “How to report the news”

  1. Norm & Al says:

    I really don’t understand the whole “submit” thing but will clutter the thread with repeated posts, because I can.

    And you will read them all. Because you have to.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t understand the whole “submit” thing but will clutter the thread with repeated posts, because I can.

    And you will read them all. Because you have to.

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    Out of the blue claim that poor reporting only happens when government bodies like the FCC attempt to interfere rather than letting efficient market-based reporting determine reality.

  4. oasisob1 says:

    Something about Nazis.

  5. greenglyph says:

    Metahumorous comment posted in order to ensconce one as a grizzled comment/forum/usenet veteran.

  6. Loony says:

    Comment by infrequent poster that will be read by few people because it was posted late at night or late in the thread.

    Oh, and an afterthought comment about somebody mentioning Nazi’s early in the thread which annoyed this particular poster.

  7. Pantograph says:

    Comment praising the current thread using words including, but not necessarily limited to, “epic” and “win” for the sake of participating without actually contributing.

  8. hordeofmonks says:

    incredibly overused formulaic joke involving a cat, xzibit, or both

  9. Mitch Wagner says:

    Vague flattering comment posted by a spambot for the sole purpose of seeding the page with a link.

  10. Roy Trumbull says:

    Also consider the clueless news-reader who adds something from his/her personal storehouse of knowledge that demonstrates no understanding of the story at all.
    My all-time favorite was the anchor who demonstrated not once but a dozen times that she didn’t know the difference between the gas in a stove and the gas in a car.

  11. dancentury says:

    Are the mods asleep?

    I’ve been watching Brooker on YouTube for 3 or 4 years now. He usually focuses on TV (not just news but any genre) and video games. He’s the king.

  12. SamSam says:

    A link pointing out a recent post that the author of this post must have missed, and a question asking why this wasn’t referenced in the post? Following that, a snarky rhetorical question asking why BB authors don’t use their own search engine, while failing to notice the author of both posts. Finally, this comment ends abruptly, bored of the continuation of this same joke.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Post bemoaning constant repetition of blog entry’s key themes on BoingBoing, including disturbingly detailed fantasy of how he imagines BB’s authors live their private lives based on his/her observation of such repetition.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Late addition comment by poster who wants to participate in thread but really has nothing to say.

  15. DeadWriter says:

    Followed by a note from somebody that once watched him on BBC4 while staying in a B&B near Paddington station, then promptly forgot about him and his razor sharp whit until this BoinbBoinb post.

  16. Patrick Dodds says:

    Wldly nsltng nd bsv cmmnt tht s mmdtly dsmvwlld.

  17. Boondocker says:

    I’ll be the guy that misses the point on purpose, I guess.

    I’m not sure about the differences between this and US news reporting, but this formula fits Canadian TV news well.

  18. querent says:

    amused meta-comment that exists only internal to the comment thread itself. attempt at summary wisdom. nodding off in a clever and understated way.

    (“free lunch…final wisdom…total coverage.”)

  19. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    A vaguely authoritarian push toward friendlier commenting behaviour.

  20. emg72 says:

    comment recognizing that the prior comments were epic win, and that commentor can come up with no better, yet apparently still feels the need to comment nevertheless.

  21. Anonymous says:

    the ultimate unimaginative “that”

  22. Anonymous says:

    Arse-licking comment flattering Charlie Brooker and completely missing irony of previous posts.

  23. Anonymous says:

    red herring

  24. Anonymous says:

    Comment by Brooker obsessed single woman who likely to be socially awkward but personally quite convinced of her great wit and intellect, believing her inner monologue to be consistently superior to her actual interactions. Following rejection and disappointment aplenty in her social life, she is sure that if she met Charlie he would ‘get her’ and a dream romance would ensue, despite all the things he has written is his columns that imply that this scenario is more than unlikely. Closes comment with joke-non-joke cry of ‘I will have your babies’.

  25. Crispinus211 says:

    The comment that effectively kills the comment thread. And a reference to Orbo. Or both.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Impossibly annoying comment missing, not only the entire point of the thread but also the entire concept of Charlie Brooker’s humour and perhaps even the very fact that it was meant to funny in the first place. I shall instead purely focus on my own, personal and entirely misconstrued perception of the video and then make a borderline fascist comment based on this inaccurate interpretation something like “Yeah all fat people should be beheaded!”.
    I shall then have the sheer indignity to post the comment anonymously so nobody can reply to my idiotic posting and I will never look back on this page ever again as I have the attention span of a…

  27. Anonymous says:


  28. Anonymous says:

    Comment taking the opportunity to complain about rogue apostrophes, people who smoke in building entrances, The Daily Mail, loud model aircraft, junk mail, those maddening recorded sales calls you can’t avoid if your job means you have to answer the phone, the price of fish, jumping to conclusions, and anything else annoying, irritating or irksome you care to mention. Thank you, I feel better now, have a great weekend! What was the question again?

  29. 2k says:

    “yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation” yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

  30. Anonymous says:

    The BBC is in the “Business of Anger”. It happens on both sides of the cultural spectrum – from both the left and the right perspectives. There’s an entire business…a huge industry, actually…that bases all that it does on getting you p!$$ed off! Rush Limbaugh. Bill O’Reilly. Glenn Beck. All variations of the same thing: people in an industry who want you to believe their function is to “move the public dialogue forward” or to “make an opinion count on your behalf”…blah blah blah. But NO!

    Their sole function is to make you angry. That’s right. Get your dander up. Get you riled up and feeling as though you’re right and all those other asses are wrong – and stupid! In turn, they hope that you’ll pay more and more attention to them – while they reinforce your growing anger and disillusionment – and give them big ratings and more money from their advertisers. Do you feel kinda slimy and manipulated? You should. Cheers!

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you feel kinda slimy and manipulated? You should.

      I do, and it’s infuriating. Please, if there’s someplace you have more commentary on this, I’d love to look at it.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Self conscious, anonymous poster attempts to impress the BB audience by pointing out that the thread amazingly completely lacks references to unicorns, steampunk, Make magazine, titanic watches, gaming, copyfighting, or Amy Crehore.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Late comment by someone who saw this linked from a different blog.

  33. febryle says:

    Reference to regurgitated 4chan meme dating back to 2001, not at all relevant to this post, but causing great amusement for the poster.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous comment that is obviously astroturf citing some personal experience contrary to the article and other poster’s comments and which is unabashedly anti-common sense or personal decency.

    Followed by comment on how ironic the captcha text was.

    • Deadmeat says:

      Comment referencing the mythical golden age of Boing Boing when things were so much better, but without explaining why commenter bothers to keep coming back.

  35. Mitch Wagner says:

    Boondocker (#20) raises a good point. I don’t see any difference between this formula and the formula for American news.

    I particularly liked the headless fat people. Very true.

    The Brian Williams news runs the same B-Roll of people lined up outside an unemployment office every time they do a story on unemployment. My wife and I enjoy spotting it.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Obligatory Apple reference using key words like iPad, iPhone, Mac, all in the hope of starting a go nowhere flame war.

  37. Anonymous says:

    anonymous latecomer desperate to be involved in the thread, but with little idea of how to do so

  38. Anonymous says:

    Late cry of “stumbled!” by anonymous moron

  39. Iqaluit says:

    Anonymous #29 may have a point about US News, but the BBC can never get more money from their advertisers – they don’t have any.

    It’s public broadcasting supported by a compulsory tax (“license fee”) on every TV in the country.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Poster links to blog, or tweet in a feeble attempt at self-promotion.

  41. Sceadugenga says:

    I’d also like to write one of these “meta” comments, but I can’t figure out how to do it.

  42. Daemon says:

    Lighthouse keeper… ;)

  43. Stefan Jones says:

    Antonious warns about link in body of post.

  44. JoshP says:

    Someone flippantly pwning the verbal meritocracy.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Late comment by media professor who has only just caught up with this meme and is desperately trying to raise the level of debate in an attempt to justify his thesis that online discourse is somehow more intelligent and democratic than Old Media.

  46. Javier Candeira says:

    This is the comment in which I link to the theme to It’s Garry Shandling Show.

    And now I have already linked to it, this is the moment for me to hit Preview.

    On preview, this comment looks ok, so now it’s time for me to hit Submit!

  47. Chevan says:

    It’s eerily accurate for the local Fox affiliate’s video segments.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Random, misspelled, racist, comment, designed to make people mad.

  49. MollyMaguire says:

    Cranky retro-fascist pointing out that it reminds him of a Monty Python sketch from the 70′s:

  50. oasisob1 says:

    Pointless comment generated purely to increase post count.

  51. Anonymous says:


  52. Anonymous says:

    Comment mentioning Hitler or the Nazi’s which, statistically speaking, will end all discussions in current thread.

  53. Anonymous says:

    An invocation of Godwin’s law in a futile attempt to end a flame war

  54. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    This comment contains a hyperlink to a video-mashup that is fortuitously relevant to the points raised by the non-meta-phrased commenters in this thread.

    It also cunningly hides the author’s covert attempt to post his work, in the comment-section of a blog with a far higher readership than his will ever see, as being a helpful addition to the conversation.

  55. Anonymous says:

    Comparison of Charlie Brooker to Hitler.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Spam offer to sell you some watches, or products promising improved sexual performance.

  57. tw15 says:

    Comment by poster in UPPERCASE that they have won the argument and that they’ve decided the thread is now closed.

  58. yaakovwatkins says:

    For decades writers have said that they want knowledgeable readers. Now they get them and they can’t write to a new level.

    Wouldn’t it be great to see a news story that was done for the knowledgeable and literate.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Exasperated humbuggery from veteran poster who made a big scene about ‘leaving’ the site over some perceived sleight but has been lurking ever since.

    Post contains nothing of merit and contributes little to the discussion but makes several sweeping references to a golden bygone era when everything smelled of lavender. Postman’s whistle invoked.

    Ends with thinly-veiled swipe at the moderators, irrelevant jingoistic drivel about the EU and tangential comparisons with Orwell’s 1984.

  60. Jerry Cornelius says:

    Comment which is longer than the OP and which no one reads.

  61. St George and the Cross Forever says:

    Trollish response from someone with a very right-wing patriotic monicker complaining that this is all Nu-labours fault and that there are too many johnny foreigner types lets hang them all along with the lefties and the gays and the Liebore party, only realising late oin in the post that this is not a HYS or DM thread

  62. politeruin says:

    Ahhh… Charlie <3

    Obligatory ASCII heart while saying nothing of value.

  63. Anonymous says:

    mild annoyance at why no-one ever thinks of the children. Won’t somebody please think of the children.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Self-conscious “wake-up sheeple” that really isn’t funny anymore.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Ego soothing comment demonstrates more media savvy then most then link to a wiki article to demonstrate such: and to a practice that occurs in such medium:

  66. Anonymous says:

    Late comment desperately trying to get in on the joke but miserably failing

  67. Anonymous says:

    A “but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen xyz”-like reference to Steven Soderbergh’s use of a similar trope in his largely overlooked 1996 film Schizopolis, e.g.:
    “Overly dramatic statement…regarding upcoming meal.”
    “Ooh. False reaction indicating hunger and excitement.”

  68. Anonymous says:

    Obviously disingenuous and completely irrelevant post claiming that “I used to be a Democrat, but now that Obama is office with his communist agenda, they’ve shown that they can’t be trusted anymore.” Oh, and “I’m black.”

  69. Anonymous says:

    disparagement of religion

    inclusion of irrelevant captcha phrase

    (“and walkmans”)

  70. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous comment from someone who forgot to login.

  71. Anonymous says:

    comment personally addressing charlie brooker, praising him for a hilarious video and asking him details like where he got the idea and how he made it.

  72. frogworth says:

    “Sorry, that was me” follow-up from now-logged-in user, confusing initial readers as the anonymous comment was held for moderation.

  73. subsisty says:

    Confused question from somebody who hasn’t bothered to read the other comments before letting whatever was on his/her mind make its way to the unfortunate keyboard in front of him/her.

  74. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous poster (#51) who returns to check how the thread has developed, noticing that another anonymous poster (#54/#59) has noticed that they both made a similar joke. Said poster references several previous anonymous posts without replying directly to any, ensuring that nobody will bother to take the time to see what he’s talking about. Poster mentions the fact that he’s aware of the ease that registering at the site would solve the identity confusion and how much time has passed since the original incident, as if that will justify his adding to the discussion despite the fact that the post is nearly totally off the boingboing main page.

  75. Boba Fett Diop says:

    Sarcastic, disparaging comment asking if we haven’t already done something like this, and is it really the best of the web.

  76. Anonymous says:

    Charlie Brooker is my (Anti) Hero!!!


  77. Pipenta says:

    A series of irrelevant non sequiturs strung together in a rambling, barely coherent fashion, that leave you scratching your head and wondering how on Earth this relates to the original topic. This tardy mini essay, really just a fugue-like stream of consciousness patter invites the question, is the poster senile or simply stoned out of her graying gourd.

  78. 2k says:

    Statement of bewildered disbelief that you tools are still pushing this meme. Suggestion that you give it a rest!

  79. seans23 says:

    Feigned indignation at the previous comment, and a plea for people to please ignore the troll.

  80. teddanson says:

    Slightly miffed comment wondering whether Boba Fett Diop has something against the always incisive Charlie Brooker, and asserting that while it may not be the very best thing on the web, it is at the least better than you, for example.

  81. Angstrom says:

    comment attempts to draw a weak parallel between the post topic and the commenter’s own personal experience, but only as a thinly veiled route to boasting about their own dubious achievements.

  82. MrsBug says:

    Confused noob who makes completely irrelevant comment.

  83. Rob Beschizza says:

    Serious, on-topic comment that derails inane meta thread.

  84. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous comment being inflammatory, but too cowardly to leave you someone with which to respond.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Yet another anonymous poster, too lazy to actually register at the site, but insistent on stating definitively that Boing Boing with this thread has Won The Internet.

    And who furthermore notes that the recaptcha words he had to type in order to submit this comment were smoot fastest-growing. They seemed apt.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Ad hominem attack on original poster under veil of anonymity

  87. Anonymous says:

    Reaction to perceived inaccuracies in posts, by asking all to once again look at the video.

    Just look at it!

  88. Gutierrez says:

    Comment trying to point to this post as a stab at an intellectual sounding topic in disdain feigning expertise with said subject not actually providing any evidence of such knowledge or a relation of this post to that topic.

  89. Angstrom says:

    Egocentric commenter takes personal affront at an earlier negative comment and assumes it was directed specifically at them. Posts an ill-judged passive-aggressive ripost !!

  90. xzzy says:

    Wisecrack that seemed humorous as it was being written, but solicits no responses and has author questioning their skills as a comedian.

  91. InsertFingerHere says:

    My personal opinion on the subject has been greatly altered by this story, until another convincing report like this comes along to tell me different,

  92. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous comment relating post subject matter to the mistakes and foibles of the Bush Administration.

  93. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous poster (#54) who checks in on the post to see if his contribution got approved, and discovers to his horror that another anonymous poster (#51) almost–ALMOST used the same captcha joke that he did, and so is determined to have the last word.

    the Flipper.

    (No, I’m not kidding.)

  94. Rindan says:

    Points out the evils of American imperialism and expresses indignation that we could care about such a story while such evils still continue.

  95. Norm & Al says:

    I haven’t actually read all the comments yet but I have pressing need to express a strong opinion on the Middle East that is very tangentially related to the story.

  96. Anonymous says:

    Comment? I can’t comment.

  97. Norm & Al says:

    I haven’t actually read all the comments yet but I have pressing need to express a strong opinion on the Middle East that is very tangentially or even totally related to the story. I will do this several times.

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