Content with Popoularity

This afternoon I received an interesting comment on my last blog entry (see England’s New Dawn & the comment by descartes1).

Today in England Fabio and Harry have dominated every headline. But have the broadsheets, tabloids, broadcasters, tweeters and bloggers (myself included) been guilty of pedalling popularity over genuine news?

I’m a big fan of the BBC’s broad coverage of news and current affairs, but today they are certainly as guilty as anyone of promoting England’s search for a new national team coach at the expense of all other items. The dreadful footage of shelling in Syria has been bumped further and further down the agenda to make way for the inane opinions of average ex-footballers on England’s current management dilemma.

Don’t get me wrong, many people care passionately about Fabio’s successor, but at the same time most have absolutely no interest. This morning millions of people will have tuned in for their daily digest of relevant British and World events, but have been met with a gurning Garth Crooks lamenting our chances at Euro 2012. As a football fan myself even I am bored of this blanket coverage. I’m also genuinely interested in the Levenson Inquiry, The Bank of England’s interest rate announcement and the plight of innocent Syrian civilians, but they have been blacked out to make way for more football. So is this irresponsible journalism, celebrating uneducated popular culture?

This blog has helped me understand the reasoning behind the universal media’s decision. I try hard to be relevant, to vary my content and to at least push out a few credible posts each week – but when I do nobody reads them! They’re dull, pointless and void of controversy. However whenever I try and analyse the Six Nations, Redknapp’s accounts, or another woeful cricket performance people log on – they read, like and comment on every post in their hundreds. I can’t win – I have to either bow to popularity and keep writing about sport or persist with responsible blogging and write solely for myself…

And I only write a simple blog, I’m not trying to increase viewing figures, circulation or ad revenues!

So sorry, I will continue to analyse the popular headlines is a vain attempt to drive up my hits, and only occasionally slip in a relevant yet very boring update (just like this one).

All Hail the BBC

I’m proud to say I’m British. Throughout history this great nation has led the way with it’s artistic, cultural and political achievement.

I could list countless icons, all of whom hold a unique place in defining history. Our language, art, architecture, philosophy, poetry and literature has influenced and shaped the modern world, and we continue to lead the way with our brilliance.

One shining example of continued British excellence can be found in every home, easily accessed by simply grabbing the remote and switching on John Logi Baird’s revolutionary invention. The British Broadcating Corporation entertains and enligtens millions of Britains on a daily basis. In fact through all elements of broadcast the BBC excels – It occupies the number 1 position not only on our TV remotes, but also on our car stereos, laptop browsers and smartphone applications.

Last night I watched the concluding part of Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong on BBC1. If any were needed, it was a glowing reminder of everything great about the BBC; emotional, powerful and stunningly produced – I sat and watched from within the WWI trenches for 1.5hrs yesterday evening. It is a war I have never studied, but I now plan to learn about – this is the power that the BBC can both hold and wield.

And it’s not just their dramas, I am genuinely excited every time an advert emerges for a “major new documentary” – I instantly hit the series link button. I credit David Attenborough with most of my knowledge of the natural world, he has single-handedly helped me win a number of pub quizzes, in fact with Dave’s help I have easily generated considerably more income than the cost of the annual TV licence! I don’t care if some of it was filmed in Edinburgh Zoo…

But I keep hearing that dreadful unwelcome phrase – “BBC cutbacks”

I’m confident that a large proportion of the proud British public would happily accept a small increase in their licence fee if the BBC promised to maintain their current top standards. So come on Sir David, make a public plea and drive some more support for this Great British institution…and if you ever need any help from commuterblog feel free to ask (I live just round the corner form your brother).