The mediocrity of the modern journalist

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While the staggering mediocrity of modern journalists is often alleged, it has seldom been displayed to such perfection as here.

http://www.newser.com/story/201978/toilet-paper-is-getting-smaller.html

The level of innumeracy displayed is quite remarkable, as she effortlessly equates smaller sheets with a larger cardboard centre, when in fact they are opposite…

That is,  if you wanted to sell more toilet paper for the same input costs, you make the individual sheets larger, in the same way that toothpaste manufacturers can increase sales by making the hole in the tube bigger.

2 comments for “The mediocrity of the modern journalist

  1. Lord T
    February 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Journalism was an honourable profession where the highlighted the liberties (now literally) that were being taken by politicians so we could do something.

    Now it is just another profession like politics, HR, H&S and these million and one other non jobs that let the useless pay their bills.

    I blame them for the current state of affairs in the country.

  2. Flyinthesky
    February 2, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    The thing is today journalists don’t use shoe leather they only, in the main, rejig what’s on offer from the news agencies. The reality of the agencies is they’re mainly consensus brokers, the bigger they get the more corrupt and agenda driven they become.
    The net result is not that the media does not reflect reality as you infer, it actually generates the reality.

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