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Too sexy to read

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With the spread of news across the internet, you’d think that outlets would try to best take advantage of the medium and wring out the benefits of new technology. Instead, what we’re given is more imaginative ways to place page three girls around the place.

Anything for the clicks, I guess.

Take the story of the lady who was laid off from prominent New York corporation (and therefore ultimately a legit front for a Bond-esque villain), Citibank. To ingest the headline on its own, you could draw the typical conclusions and spend the next day exclaiming to your workmates about how ridiculous this world is, and how evil companies will do anything to lay off people to make themselves feel better.

Within the story hides a small, but important, detail.

“The purported reasons for plaintiff’s termination included that she failed to meet the required new account opening quotas, in addition to the credulity-straining assertion that her clothing choices were ‘inappropriate’,” the suit said.

The section highlighted in italics would be a reason for anyone to be fired, and not just the hotties. The part I bolded indicates that these are the claims made by the poor stunner, and are the things that should be debated.

This is a detail missed by many in the comments. Of course there are the “phwoar, why would you fire that piece of work? I’d love it if she worked for me” comments, but they are as inane as they are ironic.

I mean, why would you leap to the defense of a woman who was allegedly a victim of her appearance… by commenting on her appearance?

I love how people take one instance of possible discrimination and then extrapolate it out to the point where it is the symptom of a massive societal problem. Man comments on woman, and it’s ultimately a sign that it’s a man’s world and that there’d be no wars with women in charge. Woman comments on man, and it’s a sign that women have surpassed their equal rights, are treating men as servants and that if men were in charge, the wars would be over by now.

Or, you can just take this for what it is: a single story does not phenomenon make.

I think this one pretty much beats me to the punch.

Two sides to every story. However, I sincerely doubt that Citibank will come forward and state, categorically, that this lady was “too hot”

However, the fact that story links to a site which has 20-odd, semi glam shots of this lady, model poses and all, does set off my cynic alarm. Will we be seeing photos of this one appearing in FHM or similar soon?

How many hits did Village Voice get from this story from people who were at work? Did they all click on those photos of her bending over, or crossing her legs in that sultry way?

Do you think people got distracted?


Written by Andy

June 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

For whom the road tolls (probably an ongoing series…)

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The road toll has always been a strange feature on the news landscape. Everyone likes to weigh in on the problems with driving on the roads, claiming that Government inaction is the leading cause for most fatalities, with the other thing being “revenue raising”, as though that is some kind of justified argument. Of course, such stories always give the reader the sense that because they are still alive, that they are the beacon of enlightenment and should therefore be listened to.

Recently there was a horrific crash down south of my home town. A young woman was killed and another driver seriously injured.

The original story of the crash is here, and it allowed the below comments.

First cab of the rank is this one.

Funnily enough, “Revenue Raising” has only been raised twice in this particular comments section. I’m guessing that speed hasn’t been revealed as a factor behind this horrible event. Or Hoons. The veil mentioned must refer to the following Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure document, titled “South Australian Road Safety Strategy 2003-2010.

In there, key strategies involve:

• Construction, upgrading and maintenance of our road systems to improve road conditions
• Legislation, education and enforcement to improve road user behaviour
• Improvements in vehicle design to aid drivers and protect occupants

The fact that the strategy outlines “legislation, education and enforcement” as a key point makes me argue that there’s a veil at all about hitting people’s hip pockets. However, when it’s coupled with the other points, the argument that it’s solely about getting money does seem a bit flimsy. Because this story outlines that two crashes happened at this spot only screams coincidence.

I would liken road maintenance in this state to trying to plug holes in a sinking ship with your fingers. Fix one spot, and you can be sure something bad will happen in another.

The housing boom has indeed increased development, and therefore traffic, to this part of the city. I don’t dispute that. However, I would argue that nothing has been done about the roads. The overtaking lanes, for one, being a major help when it comes to encouraging traffic flows. I understand that this accident occurred near one of these lanes, however I’m not going to jump to outrageous conclusions as a result of a single piece of evidence.

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc, anyone?

Um, they had? Link to story? Anything to back it up? I don’t believe any details have been released on the driver’s blood-alcohol level. I guess this is one that the moderators of AdelaideNow need to answer, seeing as their Terms and Conditions outline that they won’t publish anything that is blatantly false…

The fact is, no one can make any assertions on this crash until more is known. Such questions are, how fast was each car travelling, and how much alcohol was in the Celica driver’s system? Until this is answered, then nothing should be said.

Written by Andy

June 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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