Fox News is now apparently telling viewers that pollution helps forests grow.
Only 3 percent of reports on Western wildfires by major TV and print outlets mention climate change, according to a new report by Media Matters.
It’s probably not a huge surprise that ocean acidification, a carbon-induced chemical change that poses a huge threat to sea life, gets way less media coverage than the Kardashians, a family of prancing ninnies that poses a huge threat to intellectual life. But Media Matters has quantified just how much the coverage differs, and it’s pretty sobering. Between January 1, 2011 and June 26, 2012, the Kardashians were mentioned 25 times more often than ocean acidification in newspapers, and a staggering 270 times more often on TV. In total, that’s almost a 50-fold lead for shapely ladies over environmental threats. …
The political ads are deceptive and the news contains spin. Maybe we should just watch Bravo and Cartoon Network.
Well here’s a story that sounds like an urban legend: Villagers in China unearthed a mysterious plant that they thought might be some type of mushroom. It’s described as “fleshy and meaty,” with “something that looks like lips” at one end, and on the other end there’s a hole with a shaft in between and … look, you see where this is going. It’s an artificial vag.
Flash mob factory Improv Everywhere stages weird, transcendent little moments of cooperation, synchronicity, and pantslessness (they’re the ones behind the No-Pants Subway Ride). But their latest effort, the Car Alarm Symphony, doesn’t do much besides prove that parking lots, already a blight on the landscape, could always be worse.
Facebook is going to try to turn personal relationships into an advertising medium. That will be a big turn-off -- and will spur the search for better alternatives.
You may remember the internet going mildly crazy for this video of a tortoise with sexual identity issues. (Not his identity, just the identity of his chosen mate, which is a Croc.) It had all the hallmarks of a blockbuster — sexy sexy romance, dubious fashion choices, animals making adorable “enh!” noises. But what it didn’t have was David Attenborough. Well, that has finally been rectified.
Most climate coverage in the media is on cable news and political blogs, and most of the people consuming that news have already made up their minds about climate change.