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Anonymity: Can be both a defence, and a weapon

Anonymity: Can be both a defence, and a weapon

Times win anonymity case over police blogger

Much has been made — and even more written — about the potential implications of The Times court victory over the publication of the identity of previously anonymous bloggers.

While CatchSeventy7 doesn’t feel particularly threatened by the fallout (after all, no great lengths have been gone to in order to protect the author’s identity), the decision of Mr Justice Eady will obviously have a profound effect on the writing of many bloggers in sensitive areas — not least the immediate loser of the decision, police blogger (and, hopefully, part-time Gladiator) ‘Night Jack’.

While bloggers might bemoan the loss of a crucial defence as they try to expose the failings of the organisation within which they work, perhaps this is not an argument worth too much weight. In Catch Seventy7’s experience, albeit limited, as an editor, it has been evident that the cloak of anonymity has more often been used to spread outright lies than to expose sensitive truths.

After all, most of the time people are more likely not to put their name to something they are not overly proud of.

Night Jack’s perceived loss of his ability to blog freely about the police force is still undoubtedly a shame. But perhaps the most important factor in all this is that it appearances that Justice Eady is still the judge making all the decisions about media cases that reach the High Court.

One man’s whims shaping the direction of a crucial political and social instrument? Now that cannot be good…


Everything goes to pot in a recession…Part I: Music

Sadly, but perhaps inevitably, one of the most noticeable effects of an economic downturn (other than increased unemployment, of course) is the reduction in risk-taking in any industry. In the business world, this is a doubtless a good thing. But it’s a tragedy when it afflicts creative industries — most noticeably the music industry.

For many record companies, the logic in the current climate seems to be to take a format that has worked in the past, and re-use it with a slight spin that will hopefully fool (and thrill) gullible music buyers. Consequently, we have had to endure terrible songs from the Pussycat Dolls (not just a shameless tie-in with Slumdog Millionaire in ‘Jai Ho’, but now an equally shameless pastiche of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ in the eminently disposable ‘Hush Hush Hush Hush’) alongside truly shocking efforts from the shameless Flo Rida (new single ‘Sugar’ relies on Eiffel 65’s ‘Blue’, and No. 1 Right Round just sampled Dead or Alive to the point where the songs almost were one and the same).

The tactic would almost be forgivable if Flo Rida was getting minted off the back of such shameless dross — you got to do what you got to do to make a living — but presumably the majority of the royalties are heading to the songwriters sampled and, of course, the record companies.

Consequently, Flo Rida would surely be better off sampling no one, and selling half the copies. Of course, this would require him discovering whether he actually has any inherent talent. He clearly can’t be bothered with such a task.

Does the man have no shame?

It gets worse and worse, not least with Chicane’s gut-wrenchingly treacherous remix of Sigur Ros’s epic ‘Hoppipolla’, cleverly (in their mind at least) entitled ‘Poppiholla’. Honestly, who thought that song needed remixing?!

Of course, the real tragedy is not just that such songs are being made, but that millions of people are eager to pay good money to have them on their MP3 players, to offend other eardrums whilst riding public transport.

The world truly is going to pot.


Twenty20 World Cup: The U-turn is complete

What a difference two weeks make. At the beginning, this blog wasn’t a massive fan of the format, let alone the shameless attempt to ride the wave of its early popularity that is this World Cup. But, as the tournament reaches its conclusion, few — let alone CatchSeventy7 — can argue it has been anything other than a resounding success.

It hasn’t just been the slog-a-thon that many predicted, with the duel between bowler and batsman that makes Test match cricket so enthralling continuing to be in evidence, and similarly finely balanced. While the increased run rate in all forms of the game has led some to criticise the impact of T20, the way bowlers have been forced to adapt and innovate in search of wickets is something that will bless all forms of the game for years to come. The slower ball, yorker and bouncer are now real weapons in all top-level fast bowlers that will be useful in all forms of the game.

Tactically, international teams might still be figuring out the best way to approach the format (in both semi finals, the chasing team made woeful miscalculations in their run chase) but the tournament has certainly been a spectacle.

If anything, it is just a shame that England will host the Ashes so soon after hosting this tournament. The Ashes will always be a sold out series, regardless of other factors, but series against the likes of Sri Lanka and India would be doubtless sold out (and avidly watched on TV) on the back of the success of this tournament. It was perhaps unavoidable, but having the Ashes in 2009 is perhaps failing to capitalise on the renewed interest in the sport that might not last to next summer.


Guardian: Yeah, let’s let the readers do the work

Audience participation might not be the future for newspapers...

Audience participation might not be the future for newspapers...

It’s a novel idea. No one in the office can be arsed to do the research, so why not let the readers do it? The Guardian might have inadvertantly hit upon the perfect business model for the new media age…


Everything goes to pot in a recession…Part II: TV

In a recession, you got tosh like ‘May Contain Nuts’. The title is only funny on one level (although you get the sense ITV were going for two) and the programme turns out to be the sort of unmitigated crap that no one deserves to watch. It’s the sort of stuff that no young actor (still possessing their integrity) would consider appearing in. But when you’re older, I guess a gig is a gig, even if it might embarrass you all the way to the grave, and leave your only hope of attending the BAFTAs being from the comfort of your blood-money sofa.


Stuff Catch Seventy7 has seen and heard this week:


The Take (Sky1): **** Martina Cole’s tail of underworld crime and deception in East End London is hardly groundbreaking, but is produced with a class and skill not previously seen in a Sky drama.

June 20, 2009 - Posted by | Weekly Musings

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