What is it that causes our reporters to expand stories to such a level?
In this mornings headlines about HMV, the company has suspended its shares and called in the administrators and ‘jobs are at risk’ no shit Sherlock! I watched the article on troops being sent to some other arguing African state and fully expected them to ‘lives are at risk’ as we watched them load guns into trucks!
Is it a dumbing down or do these people get paid per word? Is it the same cause as the station announcers telling us that ‘platforms may be wet’ because of rain? I’m not against information being given but surely only when we need it? If it rains stuff gets wet, you don’t need to tell me but if you paint a white door frame white the ‘wet paint’ sign is a sensible precaution.
Is this Health and Safety at play? Or is it some equal opportunity thing where have to ensure that we address the half wits as well as the normal people? It strikes me that this is one of the reasons for over population, we are defeating natural selection if you don’t know that standing in the fast lane of the motorway is hazardous to your health then nature is trying to tell you something!
This seems to be a peculiarly British thing and I wonder if its because nature has been too kind to us, how would we cope with the venomous spiders of Australia for example? A sign attached to every spider web ‘caution may contain spiders’ or would we have to spray them all orange?
As a final example whilst the issue of nut allergy is a serious one why do we need to apply the ‘may contain nuts’ label to bags of nuts? Surely this is obvious? Why don’t we apply a label saying ‘does not contain penguins’? Allow me to suggest that ‘may contain nuts’ is a more appropriate label for the label makers, the health and safety and those bloody station announcers!