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Articles published in 2009:

Apr 24 An Introduction to the Internet

An Introduction to the Internet

Simon Pitt | Friday 24th April 2009

Part 1 of a semi-regular review and examination of the internet. In this article, Simon takes a vague look at the size of the internet, its influence and its nature.


Apr 26 A Brief History of Wikipedia

A Brief History of Wikipedia

Simon Pitt | Sunday 26th April 2009

A brief discussion of the history and creation of Wikipedia.


Apr 26 The Nature of the Internet

The Nature of the Internet

Simon Pitt | Sunday 26th April 2009

In this article Simon examines the top ten most visited websites in the world and sees if he can make any broad and extravagant generalisations about the nature of the internet. Not to spoil the surprise, but he can.


Apr 26 In defence of modern television?

In defence of modern television?

Robert Weedon | Sunday 26th April 2009

In this article, Robert Weedon suggests why television was never quite as good as you remember, before completely contradicting himself by going off on a rant about how ITV used to be much better in the old days.


Apr 28 Data Inflation

Data Inflation

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 28th April 2009

In this article, Simon looks at the Internet's obsession with documentation and data, and makes some broad, generalised, and almost outlandish claims about the nature of today's world.


Apr 29 The fuss about iPlayer

The fuss about iPlayer

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 29th April 2009

In which Simon considers the history of iPlayer and why it's splash isn't quite as big as the BBC would like you to think.


Apr 30 The Internet and Laziness

The Internet and Laziness

Simon Pitt | Thursday 30th April 2009

A brief, and not that well thought out look at whether or not the Internet makes us lazy or whatever... yeah, I'll finish this off later, and put a less obvious joke in.


May 3 BBC Video Logo

BBC Video Logo

Robert Weedon | Sunday 3rd May 2009

It may seem an odd thing to be misty eyed about, but the BBC Video ident used between 1990-1997 is a logo which hasn't dated or been bettered by any of the subsequent logos used by the corporation. Robert Weedon dissects why.


May 6 The Perils of Live Broadcasting

The Perils of Live Broadcasting

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 6th May 2009

In this article, Robert Weedon praises the BBC's Music, Sport and Religious programming outside broadcast teams, while complaining about some less well filmed live events.


May 6 Land of Hope and Glory-hunters

Land of Hope and Glory-hunters

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 6th May 2009

Robert Weedon discusses the Last Night of the Proms, and in particular the increasing televisual tyranny that are the BBC Proms in the Parks.


Jul 11 FM Radio Switched Off by 2015

FM Radio Switched Off by 2015

Simon Pitt | Saturday 11th July 2009

DAB Digital Radio will replace FM Radio by 2015 when Analogue Transmitters will be switched off.


Jul 13 The rise and fall of ITV

The rise and fall of ITV

Robert Weedon | Monday 13th July 2009

ITV, once an admired rival to the BBC, is now floundering in a swimming pool of its own effluence. With the recent cancellation of the South Bank Show, and several expensive drama series, Robert discusses why.


Jul 19 A few aspects of picture ratio

A few aspects of picture ratio

Robert Weedon | Sunday 19th July 2009

Robert has a go at writing an incomprehensive little guide to watching films at home on television, and concludes that you probably shouldn't bother.


Jul 27 Links: The Humble Hyperlink

Links: The Humble Hyperlink

Simon Pitt | Monday 27th July 2009

As something of a prologue to a more indepth discussion of the Hyperlink, Simon examines the rise and nature of the link, and considers how we all take it for granted.


Aug 2 The British Are Coming?

The British Are Coming?

Robert Weedon | Sunday 2nd August 2009

Robert writes an inconclusive little introduction to a planned series of articles on British films, and highlights the influence of three of the big names in British cinema.


Aug 3 TV trends: The Working Title Show

TV trends: The Working Title Show

Robert Weedon | Monday 3rd August 2009

Nothing to do with the film production company, in this article, Robert bemoans the lack of originality in new programme names, and the rise of the "Working Title title".


Aug 7 Pay-Per-View Online News

Pay-Per-View Online News

Robert Weedon | Friday 7th August 2009

News Corporation to charge for online newspaper access.


Aug 18 The Beano buys Friends Reunited

The Beano buys Friends Reunited

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 18th August 2009

Brightsolid, a subsidary to DC Thomson, publisher of the Beano, has bought Friends Reunited from ITV.


Apr 1 404 Error

404 Error

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 1st April 2009

Whoops. Something has gone wrong, and you've ended up here. You may not find what you want by reading this, but at least you'll know why you didn't find it, along with a few anecdotes, trivia and further reading.


Aug 20 Who Owns What?

Who Owns What?

Simon Pitt | Thursday 20th August 2009

The world of media conglomerations is a complex and gnotty web. Simon has a look at exactly who owns what.


Aug 22 Suitable for All?

Suitable for All?

Robert Weedon | Saturday 22nd August 2009

Robert examines the current BBFC ratings system and wonders if its categories are really useful. Warning: contains thematic elements.


Aug 22 What Have You Been Watching?

What Have You Been Watching?

Simon Pitt | Saturday 22nd August 2009

Simon examines what programmes we've all been watching, what this says about our viewing habits, and considers whose fault lazy programming is.


Aug 23 What is Television For?

What is Television For?

Simon Pitt | Sunday 23rd August 2009

Simon considers what purposes television has, and ponders some of the reasons why it fails to achieve these purposes.


Sep 20 Product Placement wins

Product Placement wins

Robert Weedon | Sunday 20th September 2009

Robert discusses some of the implications of the government's decision to allow product placement on British commercial television.


Sep 23 TV trends: Televisual letterboxes

TV trends: Televisual letterboxes

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 23rd September 2009

Robert highlights the recent rise in the fake 2.35:1 letterbox on television.


Oct 5 iFootball

iFootball

Robert Weedon | Monday 5th October 2009

As an England match is shown for the first time exclusively on the internet, Robert discusses the implications of sport over the web.


Nov 4 ITV Still Reunited

ITV Still Reunited

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 4th November 2009

ITV's sale of Friends Reunited is to be investigated by the competition committee. In the mean time, ITV is left holding the costly, and very rubbish, baby that is FriendsReunited.co.uk.


Nov 6 A Brief Guide to Radio Drama

A Brief Guide to Radio Drama

Simon Pitt | Friday 6th November 2009

Simon gives a broad overview of drama on BBC Radio and offers a few thoughts on its nature and popularity, before wondering why nobody knows there is drama on Radio 3.


Nov 11 Demanding Entertainment

Demanding Entertainment

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 11th November 2009

According to the media, getting video On Demand wherever and whenever you want it is pretty much the most exciting thing to ever happen. But is On Demand all it's cracked up to be? If it is, why isn't everyone doing it, and if it isn't, why not? As the BBC turn off their Real Player streams and move to iPlayer for all TV and Radio, Simon looks at just how popular iPlayer is and examines why it hasn't set the world alight as much as everyone wishes.


Nov 12 Who's Who at the BBC

Who's Who at the BBC

Simon Pitt | Thursday 12th November 2009

With the BBC releasing salary information for their top 107 decision makers, Simon takes the opportunity to examine who some of the key figures are, and how they got there.


Nov 14 Review: Collision

Review: Collision

Robert Weedon | Saturday 14th November 2009

Robert reviews ITV1's latest drama series, and surprisingly, he likes it.


Nov 14 Why Everyone Seems to Hate the BBC

Why Everyone Seems to Hate the BBC

Simon Pitt | Saturday 14th November 2009

You can't open a newspaper these day without reading a rant about the BBC. With the BBC releasing their expenses, and journalists struggling to find something to complain about, Simon examines why everyone seems to hate the BBC.


Nov 17 Asian Network's Soap Cancelled

Asian Network's Soap Cancelled

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 17th November 2009

The BBC have announced that the Asian Network's soap, Silver Street, will air its last episode in March 2010. It will be replaced by a run of monthly stand-alone thirty-minute dramas. Is this the beginning of the end for drama on the Asian Network? Or maybe for the Asian Network itself?


Nov 19 Month Roundup: October 2009

Month Roundup: October 2009

Simon Pitt | Thursday 19th November 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in October 2009. The month in which a racist appeared on Question Time, TS Eliot became the nation's favourite poet and laugh-a-minute swear-fest The Thick Of It returned to BBC Two.


Nov 21 How the News: Works

How the News: Works

Simon Pitt | Saturday 21st November 2009

An examination of the way news and journalists work. Where do news stories come from and where do they go when they're not on the front page anymore? An Image Dissectors exclusive scoop!


Nov 23 The HD event

The HD event

Robert Weedon | Monday 23rd November 2009

HD is rolling out across the country, but only to a select few. Which future television event will persuade people to make the switch to High Definition?


Nov 26 Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming

Robert Weedon | Thursday 26th November 2009

With Christmas only a month away, Robert speculates about what television we can look forward to in the forthcoming festive season, and wonders why we all look forward to it anyway.


Nov 26 ITV buys Disney's stake in GMTV

ITV buys Disney's stake in GMTV

Robert Weedon | Thursday 26th November 2009

ITV is to buy Disney's 25% stake in GMTV for 22.25 million, therefore making the breakfast television channel a wholly-owned subsiduary of ITV. Image Dissectors discusses what this might mean.


Dec 1 Month Roundup: November 2009

Month Roundup: November 2009

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 1st December 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in November 2009. The month in which the Gruffalo became the nation's favourite children's book, Judy Dench went to the dentist in period costume and the town of Darlington appointed someone as village Tweeter.


Dec 6 The State of the Afternoon Play

The State of the Afternoon Play

Simon Pitt | Sunday 6th December 2009

Simon examines what BBC commissioners are looking for when they commission radio plays and begins an investigation into the current state of the Afternoon Play.


Dec 7 Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Simon Pitt | Monday 7th December 2009

The first in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Simon is unimpressed by the first Afternoon Play of the week; a mismash of three short plays by 'community writing groups' (putting the 'ew!' into 'New Writing').


Dec 8 Review: Winter Storm

Review: Winter Storm

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 8th December 2009

The second in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. After a dissapointing start yesterday, Simon's faith in the Afternoon Play is restored by this bleak but haunting tale or words and snow.


Dec 9 Review: One in a Million

Review: One in a Million

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 9th December 2009

The third in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. One part maths whodunnit, one part tale of brotherly sacrifice and one part blatant documentary. Simon examines a rather mixed bag of a play.


Dec 10 Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Simon Pitt | Thursday 10th December 2009

The fourth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Today's afternoon play is another play that isn't really a play but leaves Simon thinking after it's finished.


Dec 11 Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Simon Pitt | Friday 11th December 2009

The fifth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Like this review, today's play was the last of a five part series. But with no series stacking and no way of hearing the first four parts now that they're gone, how will this episode fair?


Dec 16 Audio Identities: Radio station themes

Audio Identities: Radio station themes

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 16th December 2009

Despite the increase of musical branding on the visual medium of television, on UK national radio, the opposite seems to be happening. Robert speculates about what's happening, and for nostalgia's sake looks at some old station musical themes.


Dec 24 The Future of Carols?

The Future of Carols?

Robert Weedon | Thursday 24th December 2009

Christmas carols are always heralded as an integral part of the season. However, with increasing secularisation and a suspicion of anything Victorian or traditional, how much longer will they survive? Robert looks at the annual service from King's College, Cambridge, and then, like a hooded harbringer of misery, discusses the future.



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