Dumbing down

Some words and headlines  recently used in the media, were provocative, sensationalist and for effect.


Recent media has centred on a couple of food controversies from Richard Corrigan's poultry outbursts to La Stampa's bad review.


Science mad

Sceince in the media ranges from the dull and heavy to tabloid "shock discoveries".


Holy Misery

RTÉ Radio 1 is like a divine mystery: three stations in one odd bod. There's Radio 1 the Father (serious culture and education), Radio 1 the Son (news and current affairs) and Radio 1 the Spirit (light entertainment and "human interest", sport).

Cúchulain of the air

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh is quite appropriately Ireland's most universally beloved broadcaster, virtually untouchable by any serious criticism. (I've thrown a few harmless cream-pies in his direction over the years, but nothing that could or would dim his fundamental brilliance.) So fair play to whoever it was that came up with a radical realisation: a Micheál match-broadcast could actually be improved if we were allowed a few gaps in the wall of Kerry-accented sound.

Greek trajedy

Even by the standards of a culture that doesn't know or care about the difference between celebrity and notoriety, Nektarios-Sotirios Voutas appears to have pulled a pretty sick stunt to insert himself into the story of the jet crash in Greece.


The media's take

The shooting dead of a Brazilian man at a London tube station and the coverage of the Padraig Nally case showed that media discrimination still exists.

An unaccountable media

With people complaining about the lack of African acts involved and exaggerated viewership being touted about Live 8 is not welcome by all.