22 December 2022

Media: Found - December 22

A regular digest of what we’ve been watching/ listening to, articles we’ve read and other items on our radar:

Grace-Tucker
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Grace Tucker
Senior Account Manager
Disclaimer: I don’t have a tin hat on, I only own a beret and a beanie by way of headgear. Wildly contested, I’ve been watching the most recent documentary series by Graham Hancock, Ancient Apocalypse, which looks at an alternative course of history.
Whether you believe it or not, and whether you start spitting blood when clips of his interviews with the notorious duo Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan are spliced into the final edit, I can’t help but be fascinated – not just by its storytelling, but actually by the vitriol in its reception.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily admit that a conspiracy can be a dangerous thing (just look at QAnon), but it’s the arch tone of journalists (cough Stuart Heritage at The Guardian cough), most of whom I suspect aren’t archaeological experts or academics, that really gets me all aflutter. Whether you’re thinking of the Bible, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land or a Neil Gaiman novel, stories invite us to think and to imagine as an integral part of our creative faculties.
Not that I’m conflating actual fiction with an a priori factual rewriting of history in documentary format, but my point is that journalists thinking that I’m too stupid to make up my own mind doesn’t make them any smarter than me, or even right.
I prefer to err on the side of wondrous humility, rather than adopting the intellectual and moral rectitude I’ve read around this show. No, I don’t necessarily believe in ultra-smart ancient civilisations wiped off the face of the Earth, but nor can I be certain, and what a wonderful thing to imagine: the possible. The eternal magic of the question, ‘What If?’
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Kat Jackson
Head of Client Services
As a writer, one of the biggest challenges you often face is the headline. It needs to summarise the piece without giving the full game away. It should be appealing, but woe betide it’s got too much of a pun about it. And don’t even start me on the number that kick off proceedings starting with a question?
As a writer, one of the biggest challenges you often face is the headline. It needs to summarise the piece without giving the full game away. It should be appealing, but woe betide it’s got too much of a pun about it. And don’t even start me on the number that kick off proceedings starting with a question?
In film, there’s a term called High Concept. A high concept pitch is one that is so simple to pitch to an audience, the whole sum of a film could be served up in one sentence. It’s often what makes a good headline – and in the last few weeks, we have hit the peak, the apex, of all high concept films. A title so short, so pithy, and yet the whole arc of the film is absolutely clear in just two words. There is no way in the slightest that anyone going into this film could not fully grasp everything they are about to encounter, and likely be bang on the money. The whole experience is perfectly encapsulated in just two short words. It’s what headline writers should aspire to. Most people who have seen this have already mentally bought their tickets and popcorn.
Ladies and gentlemen: Cocaine bear…
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Colleen Armstrong
Financial Controller
Debbie Harry changed my life. The first moment I saw her on BFBS TV singing Heart of Glass, I was mesmerised.
Debbie Harry changed my life. The first moment I saw her on BFBS TV singing Heart of Glass, I was mesmerised.
I instantly and irrevocably fell in love with her, with Blondie and subsequently with punk, post punk and new wave music. Up to that point, living in Germany as a child of parents in the army, music was background noise. Ever since, I have been intrigued as to how music genres resonate so differently with similar demographics.
Musical preference starts with how your brain processes music; we know it triggers the release of the feel good chemicals dopamine and endorphins, but did you know it can also increase your immune system by stimulating the output of antibodies? This is why all sorts of music are used in therapy from anxiety and depression to stress and anger management.
Music stimulates, motivates, calms, soothes, triggers debate, arguments and impromptu gatherings which all too often turn into full- on parties in our house. It is our common denominator across generations – put on Elvis and everyone from grandpa at 80 down to our youngest teen at 16 will be dancing and singing. Put on Eminen and you won’t quite get the same response!
But whatever life throws at you, and whatever your age, Blondie will always be the answer.
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