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Haiti's devastation means that the news media has less filler to produce. And that's a good thing. Plus Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 1/10 through 1/16 
Posted by Drew at 2010-01-19 11:28:48 AM (43 comments) | Permalink
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Normally this time of year is reserved for all manner of not-news, but the Haiti disaster is giving the media a real chance to show what they can do, and they've been stepping up to the plate. Well done, news organizations. The tragedy there is staggering, and is a good reminder for everybody of how bad the Haitians have had it, and for how long. Aid is still slow coming, but not because people aren't trying, it's just that the devastation is so massive.

We've run two stories in the last week, one from Snopes differentiating between legit aid organizations and scammers, and another one earlier today on Architecture for Humanity who is providing relief housing with a simple and inexpensive housing conversion kit for shipping containers which is extraordinarily cool.

Not much more to say, although we're extending the odds on the Fark Betting Line this week -- with the situation in Haiti, there's much less free space for filler. And that's a good thing.

- Discussion ad-nauseum about the cost of Super Bowl ads this year (3:1)

- News organizations set Haiti aside to remind us how to host a kickass Super Bowl party on a budget (6:1)

- Naked suspect tasered by police (9:1)

- In the genitals (29:1)

- Major U.S. municipality declares bankruptcy (37:1)

- Democrats: "Look at how much Obama has accomplished in one year" (1:1)

- Republicans: "Obama has done absolutely nothing in one year" (1:1)

- California says goodbye to wildfire season, hello to mudslide season (4:1)

- With shaky helicopter-cam footage of house sliding off an embankment (5:1)

- Endless Conan O'Brien speculation about where he's going next, none of which has a shred of validity (2:1)

- Apple Tablet rumors fuel Apple Tablet speculation, which generate Apple Tablet curiosity, which touch off Apple Tablet rumors (3:1)

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-01-10 to Sat 2010-01-16:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Doctors investigating the case of the girl who spontaneously bleeds for no reason at all, say it's one of the strangest things they've ever seen. Period    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Man crushed by falling computer gear, will forever be in our memory    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Fat butts may be healthy, says study you other brothers can't deny    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Urine damages space station. In space no one can hear you stream    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Orange man charged in New Jersey shooting. That certainly narrows it down to the entire state    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  One corpse is interesting, but if you've seen two bodies behind a shopping center, it's safe to say you've seen a mall    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Finally, Britain apologizes for thalidomide scandal. High five if you've got 'em    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Who is the man who survives Haiti earthquake after 60 hours in an elevator.....SHAFT    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Hundreds of Haiti Earthquake victims arrive in New Jersey. Immediately inquire as to the availability of return flights    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Article explains how to tell the sex of a building. Of course, if you just go in the back door they're all pretty much the same    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Man celebrates his 77th birthday by biking 77 miles. Wasn't as fun as the year he turned 69    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Sports:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Rodgers doesn't blame lying, cheating bastard refs for the loss Sunday at Arizona    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Yankees donate $500k to Haiti relief. Haiti awaiting counter-offer from Red Sox    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Bus throws Bill Cowher under the New York Giants    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Geek:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  For the nerd who has everything: The Story of Math on DVD. Sure, the story's derivative, but the inverse is worse    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Israel finds 8000 year old abandoned house near Tel Aviv, promptly moves Jewish inhabitants in before the Palestinians can claim it    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Men can smell them in her box. Men can smell them in her socks. Men can smell them in her blouse. Men can smell them in her house. Men can smell girl's eggs, yes, ma'am. Men can smell them, Sam-I-Am    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Showbiz:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  RDJ opts out of Cowboys & Aliens. If only there was an established space cowboy actor who could Fillion for him    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Conan O'Brien releases statement saying he will not take any lip from Leno's chin    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Magician David Copperfield cleared in rape investigation. Now you semen, now you don't    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Politics:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Obama has "no intention" of sending troops to Yemen. None. Nope. Not a chance. El zippo. Zilch. Nada. Nicht. Nein. Non. Nej. Negatory. Ain't gonna happen. Translation: We're about to attack Yemen    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Obama admits he hasn't united the country yet. But the way his approval numbers are falling, it's only a matter of time    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  On Thursday, Dr. Ruth will be sworn in as the city's honorary secretary of the "Department of Love and Relationships."...yeah, 'cause when you think romance, you think DC    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Music:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, New Order, Coldplay and David Bowie get their own stamps. If you lick the Rolling Stones one, you can't drive or operate heavy machinery for at least two days    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Beyonce is taking a six month break from touring. Her ass, however, just won't quit    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Madonna gives $250,000 to Haiti relief, gets first round draft pick in upcoming Haitian orphan raffle    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]


Business:

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  As if you needed yet another reason not to fly delta, baggage fees being raised. Presumably so they can lose your luggage at a profit    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Error #32: RealNetwork CEO's career has unexpectedly timed out, unable to reinitialize    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]

[image from img1.fark.net too old to be available]  Famed conservative economist displays his mental gymnastics while explaining that America never suffered through a housing bubble or irrational investing behavior. Even the Chinese judge gives him a 10 (at 3% interest)    [image from img.fark.net too old to be available]
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43 Comments   (+0 »)
   
 
2010-01-19 12:47:49 PM  
My favorite headline that didn't quite make the cut this week:

Plastic Ono Band to perform first gig in 40 years and be joined onstage by Eric Clapton and Paul Simon. ♫ Are you going to Scarborough fai--YAAAA-YAYAYAYA-YAAAAAH YAAHHH ♫

http://fk.cm/4927978
 
2010-01-19 01:30:46 PM  
"Discussion ad-nauseum about the cost of Super Bowl ads this year"


Wait another week for this one.
 
2010-01-19 01:31:02 PM  
I dunno. Anything related to 200,000 people dying doesn't seem like a good thing.
 
2010-01-19 01:32:07 PM  
You mean being constantly bombarded with Haiti stories doesn't count as filler? I mean at some point they just start saying the same thing over and over and over again.
 
2010-01-19 01:36:16 PM  
The thalidomide thread was one of the best things to ever happen.
 
2010-01-19 01:36:19 PM  
- California says goodbye to wildfire season, hello to mudslide season (4:1)

Thursday.
 
2010-01-19 01:38:22 PM  
"Article explains how to tell the sex of a building. Of course, if you just go in the back door they're all pretty much the same "

Can we just anoint this as 2010's headline of the year right now?
 
2010-01-19 01:38:59 PM  
#1. I'm not sure how running an internet news message board qualifies someone as a media critic. I made dinner last night, so am I a chef?

#2. No, the news orgs still have filler; they just don't have to work as hard to produce it. Think about all of the Sanjay Gupta articles CNN has cranked out.

#3. And you know whenever there is a major disaster, the news execs are high-fiving each other. Ratings boosts and ad cost hikes.
 
2010-01-19 01:40:20 PM  
Bus throws Bill Cowher under the New York Giants

I LOL'd. Not just a chuckle, a full on belly laugh.

/should look at the sports tab more often
 
2010-01-19 01:43:43 PM  
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/19/doctor_misinformation_and_racism_have_froz en

"There are no security issues," says Dr. Evan Lyon of Partners in Health, reporting from the General Hospital in Port-Au-Prince in Haiti, where 1,000 people are in need of operations. Lyon said the reports of violence in the city have been overblown by the media and have affected the delivery of aid and medical services.
 
2010-01-19 01:45:24 PM  
Has the media started reporting on the media in Haiti? 'cause that's kind of my bellwether as to when a disaster is winding down: When the reporters get all self-referential.
 
2010-01-19 01:45:37 PM  
News organizations set Haiti aside to remind us how to host a kickass Super Bowl party for the "Big Game" on a budget

/ixnay on the upersay owlbay
 
2010-01-19 01:53:19 PM  
*Miracle* survivor story 14 days out turns out to be false...
 
2010-01-19 01:54:06 PM  
netweavr: - California says goodbye to wildfire season, hello to mudslide season (4:1)

Thursday.


Apartment surfing season (new window) has been open in Pacifica for a few weeks already.

I've haven't seen downhill house racing yet, but with the rain this week, Thursday is a good bet.
 
2010-01-19 01:56:21 PM  
stryker4526: You mean being constantly bombarded with Haiti stories doesn't count as filler? I mean at some point they just start saying the same thing over and over and over again.

This.

A sampling of the articles from a major news site:

Haiti: See the devastation
Families Devastated in Haiti
Haiti Quake Caught On Tape: See The Video
Families search for Loved Ones in Haiti
Haiti: High-resolution devastation map
Haitian Orphans Meet New Parents

Really, they couldn't combine one or two of these into a single article with a broader topic? Do we really need 200 *separate* articles about one event?
 
2010-01-19 01:56:40 PM  
Major U.S. municipality declares bankruptcy (37:1)

I'd say the odds are better for a major U.S. state declaring bankruptcy story.

/Any takers?
 
2010-01-19 02:03:29 PM  
Well, thank God for that earthquake then! I didn't realize it was such a blessing.
 
2010-01-19 02:09:00 PM  
Uch. The Politics headlines just suck, don't they? Nothing that isn't a cheap jab is even getting greenlit anymore. I would really like to see a move back to actual cleverness there instead of endless 'the entire country hates you' 'no, the entire country hates YOU'.
 
2010-01-19 02:10:48 PM  
- Republicans: "Obama has done absolutely nothing in one year" (1:1)
Also:
- Republicans: "Obama has destroyed America in one year" (1:1)
 
2010-01-19 02:10:49 PM  
DeadZone: Has the media started reporting on the media in Haiti? 'cause that's kind of my bellwether as to when a disaster is winding down: When the reporters get all self-referential.

Kind of hard not to when the CNN medical correspondent is the only neurosurgeon anyone can find.
 
2010-01-19 02:11:52 PM  
Quel: Well, thank God for that earthquake then! I didn't realize it was such a blessing.

Is that some kind of German word? (new window)
 
2010-01-19 02:13:25 PM  
clear_prop: netweavr: - California says goodbye to wildfire season, hello to mudslide season (4:1)

Thursday.

Apartment surfing season (new window) has been open in Pacifica for a few weeks already.

I've haven't seen downhill house racing yet, but with the rain this week, Thursday is a good bet.


Hasn't that building been in trouble since before the rainfall. It's the one where they didn't think to dump boulders below the cliff until half of it fell off, right?
 
2010-01-19 02:18:07 PM  
jaldor: stryker4526: You mean being constantly bombarded with Haiti stories doesn't count as filler? I mean at some point they just start saying the same thing over and over and over again.

This.

A sampling of the articles from a major news site:

Haiti: See the devastation
Families Devastated in Haiti
Haiti Quake Caught On Tape: See The Video
Families search for Loved Ones in Haiti
Haiti: High-resolution devastation map
Haitian Orphans Meet New Parents

Really, they couldn't combine one or two of these into a single article with a broader topic? Do we really need 200 *separate* articles about one event?


If they did that they wouldn't be able to generate as many click throughs. Media isn't about information.
 
2010-01-19 02:23:20 PM  
Why does Drew think "less filler" is a good thing? Doesn't he make money off of filler via Fark? If he thinks filler news is bad then does he donate all the profit from this site?
 
2010-01-19 02:23:41 PM  
jaldor: Really, they couldn't combine one or two of these into a single article with a broader topic? Do we really need 200 *separate* articles about one event?

When you can just point the camera at random and come up with devastation no matter what, yeah, it's gonna be 200 articles.
 
2010-01-19 02:23:48 PM  
a pretty weak week
 
2010-01-19 02:26:07 PM  
Does Drew still think Castro is dead?
 
2010-01-19 02:28:08 PM  
Gosling: jaldor: Really, they couldn't combine one or two of these into a single article with a broader topic? Do we really need 200 *separate* articles about one event?

When you can just point the camera at random and come up with devastation no matter what, yeah, it's gonna be 200 articles.


Why? Seems like that'd make it even easier to combine it all into just one...
 
2010-01-19 02:31:53 PM  
jaldor: Gosling: jaldor: Really, they couldn't combine one or two of these into a single article with a broader topic? Do we really need 200 *separate* articles about one event?

When you can just point the camera at random and come up with devastation no matter what, yeah, it's gonna be 200 articles.

Why? Seems like that'd make it even easier to combine it all into just one...


The more people see, the more they help. If they skip the one article, they don't hear a damn thing about Haiti.

They skip one of 200 articles, odds are they click something.

If it were Tiger Woods, sure, combine. When it's actual news, especially this kind of news, saturate away.
 
2010-01-19 02:35:19 PM  
whizbangthedirtfarmer: #1. I'm not sure how running an internet news message board qualifies someone as a media critic. I made dinner last night, so am I a chef?

How about being a published author? (new window)
 
2010-01-19 02:37:40 PM  
Gosling 2010-01-19 02:10:49 PM
DeadZone: Has the media started reporting on the media in Haiti? 'cause that's kind of my bellwether as to when a disaster is winding down: When the reporters get all self-referential.

Kind of hard not to when the CNN medical correspondent is the only neurosurgeon anyone can find.


This. I have to say, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is pretty awesome.
 
2010-01-19 02:42:43 PM  
netweavr: Hasn't that building been in trouble since before the rainfall. It's the one where they didn't think to dump boulders below the cliff until half of it fell off, right?

They wanted to dump boulders, but something got messed up with the permit, so they couldn't. The building owners on either side did get to dump boulders, but are also in danger now as well. Another section of the same street went surfing a few years back.
 
2010-01-19 02:44:51 PM  
Gosling: DeadZone: Has the media started reporting on the media in Haiti? 'cause that's kind of my bellwether as to when a disaster is winding down: When the reporters get all self-referential.

Kind of hard not to when the CNN medical correspondent is the only neurosurgeon anyone can find.


That's a specific person, tho. Watch for when the media starts running stories about the "media's role" in general.

And Gupta's a bad ass mofo.
 
2010-01-19 02:49:57 PM  
Whoot. One of my sports headlines made the cut. Fantastic.
 
2010-01-19 03:06:16 PM  
DeadZone: Has the media started reporting on the media in Haiti? 'cause that's kind of my bellwether as to when a disaster is winding down: When the reporters get all self-referential.

"Tom Brokaw's plane landed in the Dominican Republic yesterday, and they expected at least a ten-hour trek through devastatation and jungles to get to the new devastation and jungle. We don't know exactly where he is right now, and we haven't heard from him in quite some time ..."
 
2010-01-19 03:26:52 PM  
whizbangthedirtfarmer: #1. I'm not sure how running an internet news message board qualifies someone as a media critic. I made dinner last night, so am I a chef?

What exactly would qualify a person to be a media critic, in your opinion? Having a journalism degree? To me, a guy that sorts through thousands of published news links a day has a pretty good finger on the pulse of what's being reported.
 
2010-01-19 04:23:21 PM  
I honestly didn't expect any of mine to make the cut this week. Pleasant surprise to see one up there - thanks!
 
2010-01-19 06:11:58 PM  
"... it's safe to say you've seen a mall"

That's a keeper.
 
2010-01-19 06:28:50 PM  
Hah! Given the headline standards around here, Drew considering himself a principled critic of the media is farking rich.
 
2010-01-19 06:43:34 PM  
free_waffles: "Article explains how to tell the sex of a building. Of course, if you just go in the back door they're all pretty much the same "

Can we just anoint this as 2010's headline of the year right now?


Seconded.
 
2010-01-19 07:44:56 PM  
"Obama admits he hasn't united the country yet. But the way his approval numbers are falling, it's only a matter of time"

Excellent! Bravo!! Hilarious!!!
 
2010-01-19 09:04:53 PM  
Holy shiat I got one!

RDJ opts out of Cowboys & Aliens. If only there was an established space cowboy actor who could Fillion for him
 
2010-01-19 10:01:29 PM  
Oh joy, the newsmedia criticism again.
As always, I'm amused by the hypocrisy of denouncing the media's practice of serving up filler while running a site that has it as its main course. Anyone who clicks on a link to a filler article shares responsibility for the continued production of such content. There isn't some conspiracy of the media to drown us in drivel; we make it profitable. It makes no difference whether one recognizes it as "Not News" or not, one is still part of the audience.

Hey, I enjoy the filler too, but at least let's be honest about it and get off the high horse.


/Stay tuned for our next guest, a porn shop owner who wishes to air his utter disgust with the amount of nudity showing up in films today.
 
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