Every day army of young wannabe journalists fill the space in Daily Mail and other British tabloids with bits and pieces they find on the Internet or news agencies. They wade through oceans of data in search of the stories that they reckon might be interesting for the British reader. It's a dull job, just copy and paste, sometimes add something to spice things up. From time to time they shape the text in such a way that it will match the expectations of their target audience better. Tabloid readers are especially keen to feed on racial hate or anything that could help them feel superior to others. But do such media workers ever think about what harm their job could cause to people living a thousand miles away and whom they have never even met and are unlikely to ever encounter?
The Polish community in the UK has hardly ever a good press. Some titles seem to choosen the path of slagging Poles and spreading the myths about them as a way to improve their sales... But how true are the informations and general picture of the situation that can be made from reading such articles?
Once again a rubbish article about Poland was written in British press. As was shown by the Polish media, a piece in Daily Mail (here) describing allegedly drunken Santa Claus in Ustrzyki Dolne turned out to be completely fabricated. The only true element of that article were photos, published by the British paper without consent of its authors. Can we and should we try to counteract such portrayal of Eastern Europe in British press?
Silk road, the most popular free web of last years is done. FBI reportedly arrested Ross William Ulbricht (29), who is considered to be Dread Pirate Roberts, founder and chief operator of Silk road. On October 2nd web was shut down.
Member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikovova began 23th of September hunger strike to protest against human rights violations and the conditions of slavery in the penal colony number 14. After nine days on hunger strike she stopped but not ended, after her health deteriorated significantly. However she still calls for transfer to another detention center and to stop her inmates to be psychologically tortured and used for slave labor.
Kiedyś w przepastnych głębiach internetu natknąłem się na zdjęcie, przedstawiające złapaną w łapkę myszkę. Na zdychającym zwierzątku tkwiła inna mysz, która postanowiła skorzystać okazji i – że się tak wyrażę – rozładowywała swoje napięcie seksualne. I choć zdjęcie było prawdopodobnie wątpliwej klasy żartem, to zawsze staje mi ono przed oczami, ilekroć szukam metafory do otaczającej nas rzeczywistości.