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Magazine in Danger: Rupert Murdoch Bought National Geographic

National Geographic is a long-running magazine that I’ve always enjoyed reading. The articles are all about our world, places you should visit, cultures, history, animals, science, and the environment. Well, it’s now a dark, dark time for the magazine. Fox now owns 73% of National Geographic Society. That means that Rupert Murdoch has way too much influence over the magazine.

Why is this a bad thing? Rupert Murdoch is a climate change denier. You can read all about this in the article I linked to, but here’s a quick summary. National Geographic Society gives grants to scientists. This includes climate change researchers. As it is an organisation that is concerned with the environment, Murdoch’s influence may destroy their efforts to raise awareness of environmental issues. This may be a bad thing for the scientists who receive grants from the Society. This is very worrying.

People like Rupert Murdoch should have absolutely nothing to do with anything related to the environment. His views are easily shown through Fox News. They obviously agree with him, because he’s their boss. Will this happen with National Geographic? Are we going to see articles that deny climate change? Maybe I’m overreacting. But I don’t think so. This is a legitimate concern.

What I’d like to know is who thought it was a good idea for the National Geographic Society to be bought by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox? Thank you for potentially destroying a well-respected magazine.

According to the New York Times, James Murdoch has said “he was personally committed to continuing the culture and the mission of National Geographic as it has existed.” I certainly hope that’s true.

What do you think of this situation?


Journalist Judges Terry Pratchett’s Books Without Reading Any of Them

Jonathan Jones has just shown himself to be a poor journalist. Absolute garbage. He’s an art writer for the Guardian, and he wrote about how Terry Pratchett was just a mediocre writer who he never intends to read, and that a big deal is only being made about him because he died earlier this year. What?

Terry Pratchett is one of the best selling fantasy authors in history! He’s just behind three other authors, who are all heavyweights in fantasy writing: J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and C. S. Lewis. Even before he died, a big deal was being made about him. His witty satire is some of the best and funniest fantasy I’ve ever read.

Jones says he’s not a literary genius. How does he know? How can he boldly state that without ever reading even one of his books? That’s like an art critic saying he doesn’t like Picasso without even looking at a single painting of his. It’s like saying you don’t like the burgers at Five Guys without ever trying their burgers. You cannot judge something while being totally ignorant of it at the same time.

Honestly, Jonathan Jones should just retract that piece of garbage he calls an article. He chose Terry Pratchett simply because he died this year, and a lot of people made a big deal about it, while other authors recently died and not much was said about them. You see, Gunter Grass was a “true titan of the novel.” Terry Pratchett was not, because…well, just because. Actually, because he thinks that Discworld is just light reading, so it’s not real literature. If he’d actually pick up a Discworld novel and read it, he may find that it’s very intelligent. And it most certainly is. It also tackles a lot of social issues, takes on a lot of different styles, and continues to be very engaging and entertaining. I guess he doesn’t think it’s ambitious writing. It’s lazy writing. Far from it.

It irritates me when someone judges something without actually knowing a single thing about it. Jonathan Jones, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Sam Jordison, another writer for The Guardian, and someone who actually is in the publishing industry, wrote a rebuttal. You can read it here.

What do you think of this situation? And what do you think of Terry Pratchett?

Even Headlines May Be Spoilers

Warning! This may be a spoiler.

So, Hodor and Bran aren’t returning for the new season of Game of Thrones.  That’s what I gathered by not reading the article, because I really, really don’t like spoilers. However, the headline itself may spoil things.

What I don’t know if this means they’re not appearing in the book or not.  Is this just applying to the TV series?  I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.

What I really dislike is that the public is so hungry for information like this, so the media gives it to them.  Unfortunately, they give away too much information in the titles of their articles.  Can they just leave that part out of the title and put it in the body of the article instead?  I want to avoid spoilers, so I choose not to read the articles.

So, entertainment journalists, please don’t give spoilers in the headlines.