Speeding up your favorite Brum news website
March 22, 2016 11:14 AM   Subscribe

The Birmingham Mail, a tabloid newspaper covering England's second city, has an 'online news portal' with a reputation for being a bit slow. Not to fear, Brummie news addicts! A Chrome Extension, announced by a local alternative media website, now usefully blocks some of that deeply annoying slowing-down-the-browser content. With data, they explain why.
posted by Wordshore (9 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ouch.
posted by Artw at 12:44 PM on March 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


I got a £4.50 premium text from my local newspaper (a Local World paper, not a Trinity Mirror one*) after I went to their website on my phone, and possibly pocket clicked on something. I was pretty angry. After contacting the premium service provider in question, I got a check back through the post refunding me, so I was happy enough in the end, because I only get corporate cheques very rarely, and they feel like lottery tickets to me, because what if they accidentally printed a number in the tens of millions column?.

Anyway, I pretty much 100% gave up on my local newspaper after too much sensationalist and apologetic coverage of sex crime and traffic crime. Shame, because it has a rich heritage, all the way back to the early 1600s, when Sir Edmund Blackadder refers to one of its reviews of a play.

*I think that those two sets of ownership and website formats account for 90% of the British newspaper market.
posted by ambrosen at 1:24 PM on March 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


Bosting!
posted by Helga-woo at 4:05 PM on March 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


covering England's second city

I have never until now considered Chicagoans as "American Brummies", but it was an interesting thought experiment.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 4:57 PM on March 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


I have never until now considered Chicagoans as "American Brummies", but it was an interesting thought experiment.

I lived 7 years in Chicago, and I've been living in Brum since the beginning of this calendar year. They are very different populations, but what they have in common is being friendlier and having a better sense of humour about themselves than the people from the 'first' cities.
posted by LMGM at 5:00 PM on March 22, 2016 [5 favorites]


I live near Birmingham and use the Birmingham Mail. Ad-block used to work on the website and speed it up a little, but now when you click on articles, it asks you to remove ad-block. :(
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 1:44 AM on March 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


covering England's second city

ahem, Manchester is England's second city ;-)
posted by 13twelve at 3:51 AM on March 23, 2016


> I live near Birmingham and use the Birmingham Mail. Ad-block used to work on the website and speed it up a little, but now when you click on articles, it asks you to remove ad-block. :(

It seems to work for me with uBlock Origin on Firefox, which is a faster and lighter alternative to AdBlock Plus etc. I think it's also available for other browsers.

I used to live in Barnsley, where the local independent Barnsley Chronicle website literally tells you to go out and buy the newspaper if you want to read more than the first couple of paragraphs of an article. I sympathise with them more than with the likes of Johnston Press and Trinity Mirror, solely because they're an independent outfit and their paper is decent quality and full of local content.

Most local newspaper websites are a shitshow, largely based on the fact that they a) try and run them on peanuts and b) people are using the sites instead of going out and spending the best part of £1 on a paper that's plastered with ads and where the copy is 60-70% syndicated crap from the Press Association or the parent group. Most of the smaller local papers are now published from "hubs" miles away from the actual news patch and it shows. One small team runs 5-10 local papers and there's no sub-editing or quality control anywhere to be seen.

It's a similar situation to networked "local" radio stations these days. The station sounds okay as long as you don't listen to it too hard, and you don't wonder why there are so many southern English voices on your local radio station in Liverpool or Newcastle, and you don't accidentally visit more than one station website. The media is dying by a thousand cuts, and I think it's probably too late for things like commercial radio and local papers - only independent, largely voluntary, small-scale local media like community websites and community radio can save some semblance of decent content.
posted by winterhill at 4:34 AM on March 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


but now when you click on articles, it asks you to remove ad-block. :(

There is a Greasemonkey script that, I am told, works to un-nag this nag.
posted by Mezentian at 4:43 AM on March 25, 2016


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