Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Redemption at the Daily Mail

It is human nature to try and categorise things, whether they be people, organisations or even ideas.

This tendency can result in a view that specific groups (or companies, or countries) are “good” or “bad”. Anything said by “bad” people can be dismissed as being wrong, irrespective of the merits of the argument being made. Anything said by “good” people is automatically correct, irrespective of whether it makes any sense or whether there is any evidence to back it up.

But life isn’t really like that. Most people, companies and even governments are actually shades of grey rather than being black or white.

This blog tries (and occasionally succeeds) in recognising this fact.

For example, The Daily Mail is a paper that has a depressing habit of portraying minorities in a negative manner (often by ignoring the Press Complaints Commission guidelines on only mentioning a person’s race or faith if it has a direct relevance on the story). It is also a paper that is often factually incorrect, especially when it comes to science and technology reporting. It is also scathing about council recycling initiatives (presumably the Daily Mail has shares in landfill companies), about the Health and Safety industry (which is generally quite sensible but gets undermined by people who take “advice” and treat it as cast-iron-law-that-must-be-applied-in-all-cases-regardless-of- whether –it –is –appropriate-or-not) and frankly, schizophrenic in its view of house prices (they are simultaneously too high and also must not be allowed to fall)

But despite all this, it has to be said that the Daily Mail does run some brilliant photo journalism stories (I think it helps that they are mostly pictures, so the paper doesn’t get too much opportunity to put it’d foot in it with its words)

To take just three examples,

This story shows some incredible photography of the seabed, near Iceland, where the European and North American tectonic plates are slowly moving apart.

And here, we can see some serious wow-factor in the pictures shown of small tropical frogs.

Lastly, check out this set of images of dew covered insects.

So there you go.

The Daily Mail - It’s not all bad.

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