Sunday, November 7, 2010

Who am I, and what is all this stuff, and who are you?

Who Am I?
My name’s Michael Moran. At the moment I’m a journalist. I wrote for The Times for quite a while. I've also written a few books, my favourite is called SOD ABROAD: WHY YOU'D BE MAD TO LEAVE THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME. At The Times I specialised in fluffy info-tainment stuff about (mainly) films and stuff. Some of those stories attracted quite a lot of traffic, but the new regime at The Times isn’t really too interested in masses of traffic right now.

Consequently, around three months ago, I and some sixty of my little friends were invited to pursue new and exciting opportunities in the ‘freelance space’. I’m doing that right now, I’m spending many of my days writing news stories and such for the Daily Mail. There are worse jobs, but I do rather miss the world of fluffy info-tainment.

I think it was a reaction to the loss of fluff from my diet that drove me to spend a lot more time watching trashy TV shows and tweeting about them.

What is all this stuff?
Tweeting about bad (or at least mediocre) TV is great fun, you should try it if you haven’t already. Sometimes, though, I think of things I’d like to say about the shows I’m watching that require a little more than 140 characters. I often spot some cracking bons mots from my little gang of imaginary friends on Twitter that deserve a little more exposure than the fast-moving social river that a live TV hashtag will allow.

This blog is an attempt to satisfy those requirements. The idea is for it to be at least reasonably funny. I aim to preserve and expand on any droll thoughts that occur to me while I’m watching the television and – of course – to retransmit any particularly observations made by others who are watching the same shows and pass those gags of as my own work.

Who are you?
Well, assuming for one hubristic moment that anyone’s reading this stuff at all, you’re not the audience. Not in that passive sense of people who flop around on sofas and bean-bags and have entertainment thrown at them anyway. That’s what I’m going to do. You’re the editors, sub-editors and fact-checkers that will keep this operation interesting, honest and well punctuated.

Will we succeed? Only one way to find out…

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