Ok, I’ll admit it: I was bored. And, as often happens when I’m bored, I was pootling randomly around on the internet. I’d strip-mined anything of interest from the BBC News site, and was reduced to having a look at The Guardian. In the process of trawling down the front-page, I came across a link to a particular story, and it stimulated the response referred to in the title. See if you can spot which story it was on this screen-grab:
I’ll give you a clue; it’s on the right-hand side. It has 10 comments. It’s a technology story.
I mean, forget the fact that ‘spammer uses underhand means to do underhand thing’ is not perhaps worthy of being front-page news. Forget the fact that The Guardian have, yet again, found a way of mentioning the iPad – seriously, they do it so often, the ‘iPad spike’ in pageloads must be massive. No, forget all that, and let’s just look at the little summary under the headline: ‘Kirstie Allsopp among those affected’. It’s like a parody of a tabloid, the kind of thing that would crop up on The Onion (assuming The Onion was British, and so knew who the hell Kirstie Allsopp is). Maybe there’s a ‘Kirstie Allsopp spike’ too, and the whole story is nothing but click-bait.
I know none of you kids will believe me, but I remember the days when The Guardian used to be world-famous for the quality of its technology journalism. Seriously: sports reporting and technology, The Guardian was top of the pile. Maybe it still is for sports, let’s face it, I have no way of judging.