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Quite a meta-gasm there. Fun stuff.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:51 AM on January 28, 2010


Brilliant.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 9:52 AM on January 28, 2010


Appreciative comment.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:55 AM on January 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


Atom Eyes beat me to it.
posted by doubleozaphod at 9:55 AM on January 28, 2010


Jesus that was so spot on. Funny thing is, it's identical to every US news broadcast too.
posted by lattiboy at 9:56 AM on January 28, 2010


off topic porly spelled and minimally if at all punctuated comment bout how you this is bullshit you think this is all wisdom wake the fuck up sheeple their lying too you
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:56 AM on January 28, 2010 [26 favorites]


Thing where the content of the thing is instead the meta commentary about what the thing would usually look like, aiming to self describe, but not so rigidly as to become boring, so throw in some absurdity like a chicken once the pattern is established.
posted by idiopath at 9:56 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Assertion that this has been done before, and better, by someone else, with no accompanying link or insight.
posted by hermitosis at 9:57 AM on January 28, 2010 [10 favorites]


So do I have to shout BINGO now when I watch the news?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2010


Complaint about SLYT post.
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


The content of this comment.
posted by Dr Dracator at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Comment asking for clarification on whether this is best of the web.
posted by stavrogin at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


More lasers! I know understand why I stopped watching TV news.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 9:58 AM on January 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Witty reference to the amount of meta-commentary in this thread, and indeed this very comment.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 9:59 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Obligatory blink to wake you punters after the last boring comment.
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:59 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


This seems to fit European news segments in particular very well, it seems to me that US ones are subtly different, in ways I'm not sure I can enumerate right now. Anyone else got ideas? When I saw this, I immediately thought "BBC", and I don't think it was just because of the accent.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:00 AM on January 28, 2010


[insert witty stuff here]
posted by notsnot at 10:01 AM on January 28, 2010


Cursing that Joakim Ziegler beat me to it.
posted by notsnot at 10:01 AM on January 28, 2010


That's scary good. NYC local news is just like that.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:01 AM on January 28, 2010


YES.
Oh yes. This is wonderful and should be done more often.
posted by dunkadunc at 10:01 AM on January 28, 2010


it seems to me that US ones are subtly different, in ways I'm not sure I can enumerate right now.

Well, we don't have the lasers. Also, that thing where people were out walking around? We don't really do that.
posted by hermitosis at 10:01 AM on January 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


When I saw this, I immediately thought "BBC", and I don't think it was just because of the accent.

Was it maybe because of the Thames background image?
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:01 AM on January 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Lame.
posted by oddman at 10:02 AM on January 28, 2010


Correction, that it was the Lurkers Support Me in Email, not as previously specified.
posted by notsnot at 10:02 AM on January 28, 2010


Wry one-liner referencing meme currently being posted by someone or other in every other thread that ties vaguely into topic at hand.
posted by gompa at 10:06 AM on January 28, 2010


Outstanding comment meriting lots of favorites.
posted by The Giant Squid at 10:07 AM on January 28, 2010 [70 favorites]


In joke.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:10 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was awesome. I want to be Dowdy Kitchen Man. Oh wait; I am.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:10 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Condescending refusal to join in on the tired meta-humor.





Seriously, that was hilarious. And with perfect comedic timing, they saved the laugh-out-loud funniest joke for last, the pun about "Regent's Treat".
posted by meadowlark lime at 10:11 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


If it was FOX, that dude opening his letters would be replaced by a mom at the verge of tears and a whole lot of exploding vans.
posted by dunkadunc at 10:11 AM on January 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


Lighthouse keeper beheaded by a laser beam! Yay!
posted by ericb at 10:13 AM on January 28, 2010


Metafilter: decontextualized quote from link hopefully featuring reference to lasers.
posted by EvaDestruction at 10:13 AM on January 28, 2010


Comment stating that it would be beneath me to comment on some previous comment.
posted by Artful Codger at 10:13 AM on January 28, 2010


Gleeful exclamation of enjoyment!!!
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:14 AM on January 28, 2010


This has encapsulated almost everything about why local news sucks. (Un)fortunately, it's also helped to explode the 'British people are smarter than the Americans' myth that persists.

YOU SODDING WANKERS ARE JUST AS STUPID AS WE ARE HAHAHAHAHAHA.
posted by norm at 10:15 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


If it was FOX, that dude opening his letters would be replaced by a mom at the verge of tears and a whole lot of exploding vans.

Expression of disbelief at the inanity of FOX newscasts even though I should have them figured out by now.
posted by Caduceus at 10:16 AM on January 28, 2010


Title of the Song
posted by bondcliff at 10:17 AM on January 28, 2010


Accidental double post.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:18 AM on January 28, 2010



Accidental double post.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:19 AM on January 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


@originalposter:

The #iPad will fix this! <a href=borked link"</a>
posted by blue_beetle at 10:19 AM on January 28, 2010


I'll be disappointed if there isn't a Dowdy Kitchen Man account soon.
posted by cashman at 10:20 AM on January 28, 2010


A comment that is strangely out of place and makes you wonder exactly where it is coming from and how it relates to the topic at hand, and it slowly begins to gnaw on you that you might be getting dumber since you can't make a connection from the comment to the topic
posted by forforf at 10:23 AM on January 28, 2010 [11 favorites]


Oops, posted to the wrong thread, sorry!
posted by forforf at 10:23 AM on January 28, 2010 [9 favorites]


Rhetorically asking if this is really the best of the web.
posted by vibrotronica at 10:25 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awesome. I'm glad he mentioned the Obligatory Headless Fatties shot, something that without fail accompanies every Obesity Doooom! news segment.

Man, that shit pisses me off.
posted by Salieri at 10:28 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


A few seconds of strained banter between the anchors, now let's check in with Maria for a weather update!
posted by yellowbinder at 10:28 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oblique reference to threadcrapping comment.

Small postscript designed to curry goodwill, accrete favorites
posted by jquinby at 10:29 AM on January 28, 2010


I have written
a parody
for that website
called Metafilter

and which
you were probably
reading
at work

Forgive me
this is not new
so played out
and yet so comfortable
posted by filthy light thief at 10:30 AM on January 28, 2010 [16 favorites]


The one thing it missed was showing scans of a typewritten document with a ghost image of a company or government logo superimposed.
posted by condour75 at 10:31 AM on January 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Jesus Christ do we need to do this again? Maybe instead of CAPSLOCK DAY we should celebrate "annoyingly and pointless meta thread" day.

Needs a better name though. "Self-referential bullshit" day.

This has been graventy, raining on your parade.
posted by graventy at 10:34 AM on January 28, 2010


Snide criticism of post quality
p0sted by MeFi: 0 posts at 1:34 PM on January 28 [+] [!]


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posted by anthill at 10:34 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Related Videos: Featured Videos : GaGa About Tight Buns.
posted by boo_radley at 10:34 AM on January 28, 2010


I have such a man-crush on Brooker.
posted by maxwelton at 10:35 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Obligatory previously, linking in the most annoying style possible.
posted by Exploding Gutbuster at 10:36 AM on January 28, 2010


Local news celebrity who appears in the video linked creates an account under his real name to relate his own experience in greater length about the subject of the post. He goes on with great sagacity and erudition about how his life has attained greater meaning and purpose thanks to the exposure, yet is a bit wondrous at all the worldwide internet attention his admittedly minor 15 minutes of fame has garnered. He then takes the time to comment on the rest of the content of the post, stating his expertise in a manner both insightful and witty This moves many readers to favorite the comment so much that it gets put on the sidebar. The person then vanishes from the site, never to be heard from again.
posted by Dowdy Kitchen Man at 10:38 AM on January 28, 2010 [60 favorites]


I love, love, the first ten minutes of local news here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It doesn't matter what the head story of the day is -- banks in trouble? traffic accident kill someone? swine flu close a school? -- whatever the story, they will have a reporter LIVE on the scene.

At ten o'clock at night.

"Well, Frank, TCF Bank officials have assured the public that despite the crisis in the banking world they are fine and stable blah blah"
-- Shot outside a random branch of the bank live. Said bank is closed, completely dark, and the whole thing is only illuminated by a street light and the light on the reporter.

"Earlier today a young woman crossing the street at this corner was hit by a bus"
-- Shot at a bus stop, I think there's a street there but it's awfully dark.

"Denny Hecker's alleged fraud has caused him to close all of his auto dealerships"
-- Shot across a busy street facing one of the car dealerships. In the dark.

It's good to know that our top reporters are out there, in the dark, focused on news.
posted by graventy at 10:45 AM on January 28, 2010 [9 favorites]


I liked this segment from the show, too, about US TV news.
posted by dng at 10:48 AM on January 28, 2010


For those who liked this but don't know much about Charlie Brooker and the programmes he's made: he's responsible for a couple of (in my view) absolutely exceptional television series about television: Screenwipe, which is about regular television, and Newswipe.

The good news is that Youtube user xthemusic has (I believe) most of the episodes from both series at http://www.youtube.com/user/xthemusic.

(There's probably loads of other stuff on MeFi about these. If so... sorry).

Can I just offer up my favourite Screenwipe moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBwepkVurCI

A programme about television which is itself superbly executed television (not to mention bitingly incisive and hilariously funny to boot). Now that's impressive.
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 10:51 AM on January 28, 2010 [9 favorites]


er sorry actually this was the clip I wanted to share: Charlie's view of what it's like working in television http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIyg2a72uV4

Language (and content) NSFW.

awesome
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 10:56 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Charlie Brooker... I love that guy!
posted by -t at 10:59 AM on January 28, 2010


Funny thing is, if I hadn't actually paid attention to the content of the piece I just would have let it roll past me like any other news story on TV. The medium appears to be the message.
posted by gallois at 11:07 AM on January 28, 2010


Dowdy Kitchen Man ftw! That was great.
posted by Mister_A at 11:11 AM on January 28, 2010


Funny thing is, if I hadn't actually paid attention to the content of the piece I just would have let it roll past me like any other news story on TV. The medium appears to be the message.

"It's just news. It's just news."
posted by mrgrimm at 11:12 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hello you!
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 11:20 AM on January 28, 2010


Is this something I would need a something to something?
posted by bonefish at 11:26 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


I haven't read the thread, but here's a witty reference to the amount of meta-commentary in this thread, and indeed this very comment.
posted by ChrisR at 11:39 AM on January 28, 2010


The one thing this is missing for Canadian audiences is a swatch of singularly awful CBC-brand B reel, which is inserted to smooth over edits between talking heads. It almost invariably consists of either a) the long pointless forced march to nowhere (oh, look, they were there with the camera all set up on tripod and everything just as he arrived at his office building!); or b) a keyboard jockey or other officebound person pretending to work.

I once had to sit in my living room pretending to read out of my own book for CBC News B reel. The camera guy, though he shared my distaste, was implacable. This was the only way they could do it. It was one of the stupidest things I've ever allowed myself to be persuaded into doing outside of my adolescent years.
posted by gompa at 11:44 AM on January 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Late comment made to the thread after most people have posted their opinion, sharing content I somehow think is new but is instead reflective of the fact that I really didn't bother to read anybody else's comments, but nonetheless full of the conceit that somehow my wordage is humorous or important enough to garner favourites (favourites I claim not to be interested in, and spelling "favourites" pretentiously in the British fashion although I live in the Midwest). Smiley face: :).
posted by MikeHarris at 11:47 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Acknowledgment of witty post, followed by synthesis of previous thread comments into pithy yet amusing concluding statement along with reference to previous post.

"Funny, but he coulda used some B-Roll."
posted by kinnakeet at 11:48 AM on January 28, 2010


This comment is not self-referential.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 11:51 AM on January 28, 2010


rambling, disjointed comment all in lower-case... in which ellipses are used in place of periods... and sometimes commas... and i make bizarre, unfounded assertions about large segments of the population... and express a loopy worldview that is a patchwork of right-wing talk radio and poorly written high-fantasy paperbacks... and say lol at the end of one of my more offensive sentences lol... and at no point have a coherent thesis...
posted by "Elbows" O'Donoghue at 11:51 AM on January 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Funny thing is, as I scrolled past all these commesnts like I usually do I wouldn't have noticed the meta-commentary aspect.

Just thread comments, just thread comments.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:56 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Comment that tries too hard in the vain hope of many favourites, yet garners none.
posted by sandraregina at 11:56 AM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


meh-ta
posted by h0p3y at 12:12 PM on January 28, 2010


Clever.
Are we done with this now?
posted by From Bklyn at 12:26 PM on January 28, 2010


Counting the minutes until DowdyKitchenMan is registered as a sockpuppet.
posted by lholladay at 12:29 PM on January 28, 2010


Echoing the previous mention of an obligatory "live" shot from someplace remotely connected to the news event (although long past said event), how common is it elsewhere for a newscast to feature a "live-via-satellite" shot of a reporter responding to the news anchor, from the street outside the news station? The biggest news station here (Halifax, Nova Scotia) does this all the time - sends some poor reporter literally out onto the sidewalk beside the news station to introduce a segment and then engage in some banter afterwards with the news anchor... who is sitting at a desk inside the same news station. Hell, the anchor could literally open a window within sight of his desk and talk to the reporter directly, but for some reason they need to use their satellite van for this.

Could news reporting be more stupid than it is today?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 12:33 PM on January 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Inevitable comment calling out FPP for its adherence patriarchal gender-roles.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:34 PM on January 28, 2010


Witty comment referencing topic with over-used quote from popular cult film.
posted by panboi at 1:43 PM on January 28, 2010


Threadshitting Lebowski reference about how it really tied the room together.
posted by Mcable at 1:49 PM on January 28, 2010


Damn you, Panboi!
posted by Mcable at 1:50 PM on January 28, 2010


Ironic "LOL" post post designed express enthusiasm without cracking the cynical world weary veneer and allowing a sincere expression of enjoyment to seep through.
posted by delmoi at 1:50 PM on January 28, 2010


Stern admonishment to stop filling a thread I'm not interested in with comments I don't like.
posted by LogicalDash at 1:51 PM on January 28, 2010


MetaTalk call-out.
posted by nitsuj at 2:04 PM on January 28, 2010


subtle suggestion that I've found an extra funny bit by looking at the tags
posted by memebake at 2:05 PM on January 28, 2010


Derail about Monty Python, with special reference to the death of Graham Chapman, and gratuitous "Ni!"
posted by e.e. coli at 2:37 PM on January 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Clever.
Are we done with this now?


Not until someone starts a platform war, perhaps by stating that the new Ubuntu will totally out-fix whatever problem the iPad is trying to solve.
posted by ikahime at 2:48 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Counting the minutes until DowdyKitchenMan is registered as a sockpuppet.

Simpsons did it.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:55 PM on January 28, 2010


Assertion of personal enjoyment with a colloquial expression used to dismiss the perfunctory opinions of others.
posted by quin at 3:13 PM on January 28, 2010


Metafilter: In Joke.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:13 PM on January 28, 2010




Anyone who loved this and is on Twitter should consider following @charltonbrooker. Although he is certainly funnier when scowling into a camera. Apologies for not being meta-meta-meta, too.
posted by imperium at 3:28 PM on January 28, 2010


Metafilter: Putting the "meta" in Metafilter.
posted by jeisme at 3:40 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Late comment indicating less than zealous attention to metafilter. Self deprecation.
posted by Xoebe at 3:45 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Double post call out.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:01 PM on January 28, 2010 [6 favorites]


Comment expressing profound apathy, until a moment of brilliance (f'rinstance a lighthouse keeper) at which the author of said comment totally and unabashedly LOLed. Generic thanks to the original poster.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:24 PM on January 28, 2010


Would the universe be more likely to turn it inside out fi Charlie Brooker were a guest on the Daily Show or the Colbert Report?
posted by Decimask at 6:02 PM on January 28, 2010


Metafilter: Metafilter: Putting the "meta" in Metafilter.
posted by swift at 6:17 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


awesome.
posted by photoslob at 6:22 PM on January 28, 2010


So much meta-wankery, so little time. Are we done now? Seriously, that was spot on.
posted by blue shadows at 6:57 PM on January 28, 2010


That sounded trollish, which I didn't intend - Because it really was clever and well done, as most all of what Brooker does, is. I just meant that, you know, there was that Coyote Blog FPP a couple days ago that was all over and of course the ur-Metafilter thread and now this... it seems like the culmination of a meme that is clever but not otherwise particularly funny or insightful.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:49 PM on January 28, 2010


late in the thread comment that may or may not be funny or relevant but is too late because no one is going to read it

besides there is probably some squabble going on between a couple of mefites about semantics or Obama or the like
posted by humannaire at 11:52 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


It was kind of funny, but I always find that critics just criticize, which is infinitely easier than suggesting how to improve things.

My suggestion for Charlie Brooker is that he suggest ways in which reports like this could be improved upon. Plus to be fair to the news program-makers who adhere to this formula they are delivering the news now making Citizen Kane.
posted by therubettes at 2:23 AM on January 29, 2010


therubettes: "critics just criticize, which is infinitely easier than suggesting how to improve things. "

If you read between the lines, I think he is suggesting that more news segments include people with vaguely archaic professions dying at the hands of futuristic technologies.
posted by idiopath at 5:55 AM on January 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


comment that comes too late in the thread to garner any real attention
posted by Rinku at 7:38 AM on January 29, 2010 [1 favorite]




Redundant afterthought comment that does nothing but ruin the previous comment's delicate symmetry.
posted by gompa at 8:00 AM on January 29, 2010


Late and irrelevant comment asking if anyone reads the posts down here.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:04 AM on January 29, 2010


Scolding complaint that this jokey SLYT post gets 100+ comments while a fascinating thread about the dying Moken culture only gets 10.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:04 AM on January 29, 2010


final comment in the thread
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:28 AM on January 29, 2010


Late and overly earnest post from a thicky, who restates the obvious, blithely unaware how well the point was made by the OP. Really!

Is it then followed by a plausibly intelligent question that is is overcompensation for feelings of intellectual inferiority?

Conclusion intended to convey openness to contrary views.

(insincere apology for dissipating the cleverness of preceding post)
posted by Artful Codger at 12:00 PM on January 29, 2010


Reference to another delightful meta-media deconstruction.
posted by e.e. coli at 1:46 PM on January 29, 2010


Long comment, mostly in small, blockquoted text, showing statistics extracted from the Infodump that really have nothing at all to do with the topic at hand.
posted by FishBike at 7:00 PM on January 29, 2010


come nt made opsuting while drunk on th e good captiain morgan's shity as stock, OCCASIONALLY CAPS, iron ic rascists ro sexist joke that is indisgustinguishable from unironic joke and dstream of conscouscous blatherinng.
posted by stavrogin at 12:47 AM on January 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Comment thanking the BBC for not wiping all its IP from YouTube, which is the only way I'd ever see it.

(Parenthetical reminder that Series G of QI is well under way.)
posted by Sys Rq at 9:17 AM on January 30, 2010


Two-day-late andecote about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that is, at best, only tangentially related.
posted by Greg Nog at 11:17 AM on January 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Uneponysterical comment.
posted by swift at 7:25 PM on February 5, 2010


Comment calling uneponysterical comment eponysterical, punctuated with exclamation point!
posted by Sys Rq at 9:46 PM on February 5, 2010


This could very well be the final comment in the thread, but only time... will tell.
posted by not_on_display at 9:20 PM on February 14, 2010


Will Tell?
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:48 PM on February 14, 2010


Incredibly late comment no one will ever see.
posted by notmydesk at 12:07 PM on February 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Snarky response refuting last comment.
posted by quin at 12:27 PM on February 19, 2010


Back to not_on_display for more meta-analysis. Not?
posted by not_on_display at 1:06 PM on February 23, 2010


Thanks, not. This just in...
posted by not_on_display at 1:06 PM on February 23, 2010


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