The best argument yet against "citizen journalism"?

Celsius
#1

As time goes by, I’ve been increasingly struck with the disheartening yet growing sense that for every rational, intelligent person out there, there are at least 50 cud-chewing bovine morons who wouldn’t know a coherent argument if it snuck up behind them, knocked them out and ran off with their tracksuit and their copy of The Sun.

This site does depressingly little to refute my case, but it does make me laugh a lot:
www.ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com

It’s a collection of the most idiotic posts left on various news sites including those of the big newspapers and the BBC. The man who runs it also has a source inside the Beeb who forwards him the best (i.e. funniest and most ridiculous) complaints from their official complaints log.

It’s unbelievable that people waste precious seconds of their lives getting their knickers in a twist about this stuff, not to mention taking the time to write in with a formal complaint, but here are some I found particularly funny. Laugh or cry, the choice is yours…

RADIO 4 BULLETINS
“I feel that there is a great deal of censorship on the Radio 4 news bulletins. One particular example is the reports of the children who were stabbed in Surrey allegedly by their mother. An important detail that was left out was that the parents are Sri Lankan immigrants I believe. It is my opinion that the BBC is no longer impartial for this specific reason.”

ROYAL ASCOT
Felt that there was too much coverage of this year’s fashion. “I don’t think the fashion should be covered at all as this will mislead the general public into thinking that the credit crunch isn’t as bad as it is.”

RADIO 2 - JULIAN WORRICKER
“I am very annoyed that the weather presenter reads out temperatures in Centigrade rather than Fahrenheit. Centigrade is not an imperial measure and therefore should not be used.”

RADIO 4 - TODAY PROGRAMME
“Today the ‘pips’ were used at an irregular time. I think that the programme should not use the news pips at any other time except the start of the hour. I left early because of this.”

RADIO 4 - TODAY PROGRAMME
Re. Bill Gates: “I am disgusted that the BBC doesn’t seem to think one of the responsibilities Bill Gates has is to combat child pornography on the internet. He produced the software and isn’t interested in tackling the problem. This should have been pointed out.”

WEATHER
Annoyed that metric measurements are used rather than Imperial. “I feel that the BBC should not use this foreign temperature scale. I have been listening to the BBC since the war and you cannot change the British temperature scale that has been used for close to 300 years.”

RADIO 4 - WOMEN’S HOUR
“I thought the discussion on prostitution during Euro 2008 was one-sided and did not analyse the view that forced prostitution may not be taking place. There is still a vigorous debate around whether sex slavery exists. Investigations done into this matter have shown that the vast majority of women enter prostitution willingly. In my opinion, the notion that women are trafficked against their will is a myth.”

EASTENDERS
Felt that scenes of a violent nature were inappropriate. “There was a scene with a knife which was very disturbing. One character was stabbing a tub of butter. This was very insensitive.”

RADIO 4 - NEWS BULLETINS
“I objected to the BBC giving out temperatures on the weather forecast. If people want to know the temperature they will buy a thermometer. I believe the only reason you give out temperatures is because the EU tell you to.”

BASIL BRUSH SHOW
“A scene had the presenter operating on a person, and he pretended to give him gas to knock him out. Then, before operating, the presenter took some gas himself. In my view was glorifying drugs use, and suggested that a person can perform surgery if he or she takes drugs.”

EASTENDERS
Feels that the programme contains too much violence. “If the BBC had listened to complaints I made years ago about violence in the programme we would not have the stabbings we have suffered recently. No one has taken any notice.”

RADIO 2
“Why is the BBC using Fahrenheit instead of Celsius? It is political propaganda in my opinion. In this country legislation forbids the use of meters for distance. The use of the word ‘metres’ on the programme during the coverage of the earthquake in China really irritates me as a result.”

RADIO 4 - AFTERNOON PLAY: BEIJING’S SLOWEST ELEVATOR
“I was unhappy that the play featured China. I believe the Chinese eat dogs and cats and skin them alive for their fur and so the play shouldn’t have mentioned the country for this reason.”

RADIO 4 - THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“The programme seemed to advocate homosexual marriage, which many millions would find repellent. I find it comparable to being thumped in the face by a fascist.”

RADIO 2 - STEVE WRIGHT
“Steve Wright said the temperature was ‘21 degrees Celsius’. Temperature is measured in degrees Fahrenheit, and the very fact that he uses the alternative suffix suggests that he knows many listeners will not know what he is talking about. I wish he and others at the BBC would stop pumping out this EU propaganda.”

RADIO 5LIVE - VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE
“I thought the discussion about the idea of having a black Prime Minister was conducted in a very biased way. I don’t think enough white people had the opportunity to give their opinion.”

WEATHER - GENERAL
Annoyed that metric measurements are used rather than Imperial. “Why is the temperature given in Celsius. This is the European Union ethnically cleansing our language.”

BBC RADIO WM
“Ed Doolan should not have allowed the person being interviewed to promote vegetarian and vegan foods.”

BREAKFAST TV
“There is no need for two presenters on the programme. I also don’t like to see coffee cups on the table.”

EASTENDERS
Felt it was inappropriate to show two men kissing. “My four year old son was watching this. I had to explain to him that it was not right to kiss boys.”

DAILY POLITICS
“I feel the programme provides information for the Taliban. A discussion programme lets the Taliban know what is going on from our point of view. I am all for free speech but not during a war.”

WORLD SNOOKER
Felt that the programme should have been presented by a man. “I am amazed that the BBC had a female presenter for this programme. There are not any women who play the game so why have a female presenter? This is obviously down to political correctness. I am not male chauvinist but there is a time and a place for women on television.”

BBC NEWS AT ONE
“The lady presenter was wearing very fancy clothes and showing the latest fashions. I do not feel this was respectful when reading the tragic news reports from Burma.”

RADIO 4 - FRONT ROW
“They keep talking about ‘Hip Hop dancing’ without actually saying what it is.”

RADIO 4 - PM
Re. Humming sound heard in Norfolk: “In the 1930’s a similar humming sound was heard in the air in Yorkshire and I felt the programme should have discussed if there was a possible connection.”

WEATHER
“Scotland should not be included in the weather forecasts. They have their own Parliament after all.”

#2

Hahahaha how depressing!

#3

Amazing post, :smiley:

#4

Most of the complaints/comments were unique, but I noticed several from people objecting about temperatures given as Celsius. It’d be interesting to know if this was the most common complaint received - or to see a ‘top 20’ of complaints rec’d by broadcasters. It’s easy to make fun of poorly-expressed views, but they do sometimes represent legitimate grievances. The objections to all-Celsius temperature reporting might be a case in point. It removes from a substantial proportion of the UK population the ability to immediately understand temperature reports and forecasts in weather reports… just as it would for the majority (who intuitively understand Celsius numbers) if the UK suddenly adopted another scale of measurement and stopped using the Celsius scale altogether.

#5

True enough - I guess the gradual shift to metric measurements has probably left a lot of older readers / viewers who grew up with Imperial units. Still, the idea that it’s some kind of EU conspiracy is quite amusing…