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Apr 22, 2009


Paul H. Colman

At first I read that as 'John Grant', which would have been extraordinary.

Andy Coff

I was thinking about this the other day and it occured to me that the only reason why newspapers exist is to make money. It's a simple as that. And they will run the stories or approach them from an angle which makes sure as many papers are sold as possible.

Surely something as important as the information that gets communicated to the people should be sacred and one of the most highly regarded careers paths in the world. Maybe it should be run by people with highly developed morals and a sense of right and wrong.

I have no idea how it could be done another way as obviously the other end of the scale is a government controlled media which is a million times worse.

What about a wikipedia style media which belongs to no-one but everyone can edit? or make it a registered charity?? or how about a newspaper where every story has 2 versions each from a different point of view?

Um, I have no idea what I'm on about here can someone ask me a question about kerning please?


Andy, what's the hardest word you've ever kerned?

Nick Asbury

A newspaper with two versions of the same story is a great idea. Only problem is it might replace the idea of a single version of the truth with the equally false idea that every story is part of a binary for & against argument. Might be interesting to have a newspaper filled with 56 versions of the same story – something like the MMR scare. Everything from short snippet to panicky feature to coolly scientific analysis. Or how about some sort of newspaper aggregator that pulls together every newspaper’s take on a certain story and prints them all side by side?

Something like that anyway.

Someone ask me a question about apostrophes.


Nick, what's the hardest apostrophes you've ever inserted?


Ben: please, that's not the sort of question I want answered pre-watershed.

Nick Asbury

I once had a nasty experience involving a forward slash and a colon.

(Sorry, this is actually starting to sound like a Sun column now.)

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