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June 27, 2010


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John Kirriemuir

...and the Daily Mail website story is pulled already. Glad you got a screenshot of it.


The idea that a "journalist" feels qualified to pontificate on any subject regardless of their level of knowledge is neither new nor surprising, particularly in the fields of science and technology. Although I don't like it, I've come to expect it. So I'm not surprised that Ms Ellen doesn't know how the internet works or what a TLD is.

That a professional writer, someone whose whole job is to use words to convey meaning and should therefore know the meaning of the words they use, doesn't know the difference between suffix and prefix is...well I don't know, I'm stunned. Don't forget, this article was probably sub-edited as well, meaning there are at least two people at The Observer who can't tell one end of a word from another!

Jock McGrumpy

Is this the same Barbara Ellen who used to call herself Barbara E and 'write' for the NME in the late 80's/early 90's?
Why are people surprised at the incompetency of journalists? The media is full of imbeciles who know nothing about anything but are somehow paid to pontificate about everything and anything. More fool those who read them and believe them!"

Tom Roper

Yes, it is the same Barbara Ellen, but in her defence, and the other fellow's, it's the sub-editors' job to spot errors like this in a contributor's copy and correct them. The trouble is that most newspapers have shed subs to cut costs, just as libraries cut professional librarian posts.

Tom Roper

As an afterthought, if you prefer your fake Steve Jobs at more discursive length than 140 characters, I strongly recommend The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs


Sorry to be coming to this post quite late. Presumably, there are significant numbers of people who were raised on complete tat like "Jackie Magazine" which was notorious for cooking up all kinds of spurious 'information' masquerading as fact. The Daily Mail & Observer obviously know who their audience is...adults who've been trained to accept complete and utter BS.

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