Inspired by the classic TV show Room 101, here are ten of my pet peeves:
- Newspapers and magazines which start stories which then continue on page …Newspapers are greedy and just try to crowd too many stories on the front page. I start reading one an diligently follow to page 2, 3 or even 5. Trouble is, I get distracted and then never go back. I often find I miss major stories. Particularly irritating is that when you get to page 2, you find all the important material was covered on the front page and that the continuation is just meaningless padding. No wonder page 2 is supposedly the least read page in the paper.Magazines are even worse as there is no real excuse. Newspapers are produced to tight deadlines. Any decent contributing author to a magazine should be able to write to a set word count so the article can fit into a predetermined space. If it’s slightly too long the editor should be able to trim it, or equally it can be spread across an additional page and the advertising team can fit in adverts around it. Some magazines are particularly bad and have a page at the back comprising just the dog end paragraphs from 4 or 5 articles.
- The noddification of the BBC weather summaries. In the good old days we got pressure charts so we could understand what was happening to the weather and why. It meant we could assess how likely the forecast was to be right and how the wind may change. Now we just get graphics showing sun, rain or cloud. That’s not progess.
- Having to create a profile on lots of Internet sites. At last we are getting OpenID which sorts the password problem – and not before time – but why can’t sites allow us to just suck in profile information from our profiles on LinkedIn (professional) and Facebook (personal)?
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