Dear media outlets, in the future I’ll only be doing live interviews.
Don’t entirely enjoy having four of my sentences truncated into one. Great editing artistry, no doubt, but I’d rather either have what I’ve said reported in its entirely or not reported at all.
@aral What happened? Is this around the BBC World interview you did about the app?
@aral BBC news and anything political on BBC is essentially just a mouthpiece for the British state. It's not a surprise to me that they edited out your criticism of the state's new pet PR project to deflect from the fact we have the highest death toll in Europe due to their incompetence.
Am mostly basing this on what I have learned from this book
I mean they used to have Mi5 vet and approve every applicant to important positions until the 1990s.
@kawaiipunk @hypolite @aral The BBC is state media in the UK. It's world service was always primarily about propaganda. So now I expect them to be getting into "install the app" mode. They probably have shows lined up, with celebrity endorsements. Install the app, they'll say, and save lives.
In ancient times the media was thought to be a "fourth estate", speaking "truth to power". [In Adam Curtis voice] But in reality it was only ever just a vehicle for presenting and justifying the official positions set out by politicians, monarchs and the public relations departments of the world's largest corporations.
@aral This is one of the reasons professional PR types are so relentlessly on message. And why less is more. If all you give is your one sound bite, that's all they can use (or not).
@loweel That’s another possibility. Yes. But these things take a good chuck on time as is. I’ve got code to write ;)
@aral always disappointing how they cut it to make you look daft, i figure because they figure anything even slightly nuanced or complicated would go over their audiences' heads... or, worse, wreck the narrative of what they'd already written long before they heard a word you said
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