Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Utter crap reporting from The Daily Telegraph

Here's The Daily Telegraph on the Avatar depression story. The reporting is crapola.

On one website, Avatar Forums, the topic "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible" has more than 1,000 posts.

Ivar Hill, a 17-year-old fan from Sweden, wrote on a similar site: “When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed grey. It was like my whole life, everything I’ve done and worked for, lost its meaning … It just seems so meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep doing things at all. I live in a dying world.”

As reported before there are well less than 1,000 posts in that thread. Not sure why the subs changed 'gray' to 'grey'. That's a copy/paste quote from someone. Surely a (sic) would be more appropriate.

Also, when they say "another site", they actually mean "another thread".

But the real mistake is here:

Stacy Kaiser, a psychotherapist, said obsession with the film was masking more serious problems in the fans' lives. "They’re seeing Avatar, they're lonely people, a lot of them don’t have a lot going on in their lives right now," she said. "The movie opened up a portal for them to express their depression.”

Dear Heidi Blake (author of the Telegraph story), that quote is from Jo Piazza from CNN.com (she used to be a gossip writer for the New York Daily News) who wrote the original story that got this ball rolling. When you were watching the report on CNN you managed to write down the wrong name. It was the GOSSIP JOURNALIST and not the psychotherapist who said that.

So basically this entire Daily Telegraph story is a rewrite of a CNN.com story followed by a misquote from a CNN TV story. Wow! Actually involved zero reporting.

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