Thursday, November 27, 2008
Why I hate headlines
Here's a beautiful example of why newspapers (excepting Icelandic ones) leave me thoroughly disappointed and wandering around all day singing the Star Wars theme with the lyrics "lame lame lame laaaame lame / lame lame lame laaaaaaaame lame," and etc.
Headline on homepage: "Copyright police are patrolling cinemas with night vision devices."
Expectations: high; there are copyright police? Do they have a uniform? Do they carry truncheons with red pens attached?
Headline at the top of article: "Cinema 'cops' deploy night vision devices."
Expectations: lowering; lameness of story rising due to use of single quote marks around 'cops'.
Caption under photo of probably quite sweet cinema chappy who we now pretty much hate enough to throw javelins at because he's dobbing on the kids who are just try'na have fun: "A cinema employee demonstrates a night vision scope used to spot illegal video taping."
Expectations: abyssal; lameness confirmed.
I'm mostly disappointed that I'm like some kind of goldfish-brained reader who gets excited about headlines anew every day, having sweetly forgotten the steep gradient I've just witnessed a story go tumbling down not 15 seconds before.
Ooh look! "Navy sunk my trawler, not pirates"...