Pistorius gets it wrong

As his ongoing bail hearing in Pretoria today, on a Section 6 charge of premeditated murder, South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told the court that he is ‘absolutely mortified’ by the death of his girlfriend, Reena Steenkamp.

While this is a strange expression to use in the circumstances, it is, of course, Ms Steenkamp who has been, literally, mortified.

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11 Responses to Pistorius gets it wrong

  1. Another sign of the celebrity obsessed times we find ourselves.
    Hundreds if not thousands of people being murdered every day throughout the world and because this particular accused has been on telly and can run well with prosthetics we are subjected to every last sorry detail.

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  2. In response to several remarks above – last time we looked, Argyll existed in a bigger world in which it is interested and which impacts upon it.

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  3. I’d love to know, just for arguements sake, how this impacts Argyll? I can’t see it, but if there is something specific, it would be a welcome angle on this otherwise completely irrelevant case.

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  4. Well, if you lot stopped commenting on it perhaps Newsie would get the message and realise such topics aren’t meaningful to those of us who are here to discuss topics relevant to Argyll. All the time there are a number of responses the figures look good no matter what the subject matter. (Damn! I’ve just done it myself!)

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    • Don’t worry. We don’t work by numbers.
      There’s another phenomenon – on the other side of the coin.

      There are certain types of major stories which are very heavily read, often the biggest of the day or of a series of days, which typically attract virtually no comments.

      All of the analysis pieces on the 2010 Schools Act, its implementation during school closure programmes and the nature and impact of legal challenges on call-in decisions – fall into this category. Every one of them has been very extensively read and few of them have attracted comments.

      Structural and financial analyses on the European Union and on the endemic instability in the eurozone have also been heavily read and again attract few comments.

      And major photojournalism pieces are also very well read but have almost never attracted a single comment.

      In some cases, like the EU and the eurozone, readers clearly want the information and the analysis but may well feel constrained from comment in a complex subject.

      This probably also applies to the pieces in the education arena where we are teasing out the framing of an Act; or the finer points of statutory procedure; or the sometimes conflicted relationships between a proposal put forward or an action taken and the governing legislation.

      Again, readers clearly want the information and find it valuable – because they continue to read such pieces in major numbers – but may feel unable to comment for a variety of reasons.

      The photojournalism pieces are also very popular and we guess that the fact that they almost never attract comment may be because they are satisfying, often restful and leave no need to say anything. They are invariably very well read.

      We have never published anything because we thought it would attract either numbers or positive responses. In fact we have often chosen not to publish – or to stop publishing – on matters that would have been or actually were hugely well read.

      We publish what we publish and readers pick and choose at will. Our audience is a large and complex one – far from monolithic. It’s that variety of interest and input that makes what we do worthwhile.

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