Sunday, April 29, 2012

Misleading headlines

I came across this small fluff-piece about Keira Knigthley, which has an incredible misleading headline - it seems to be pure bait to get people to read the piece. So, what's the headline? Keira Knightley wants to become Catholic When seeing that headline, you'd probably think that it is about her wanting to convert to Catholocism, or about her saying how she would like to be a Catholic because of her respect for that particular faith. Well, it is not really.
Keira Knightley has said that she is desperate to become a Catholic because she would “just get to ask for forgiveness.”

The 27-year-old actress, who is an atheist, wished that she believed in God so her sins could be forgiven.

“It sounds much better than having to live with guilt,” a leading daily has quoted her as saying.

“It’s absolutely extraordinary. If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness and then you’d be forgiven,” she added.
So, basically, it is about Knightly saying that it is easier to be religious because you can ask for forgiveness instead of living with the consequences of what you've done. That's something rather different from what the headline indicates, isn't it? Well, on the plus side, my respect for Keira Knightley has gone up.

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Reducing the risk

Measles warning by Kristjan Wager
Measles warning, a photo by Kristjan Wager on Flickr.

The Danish National Board of Health has started a new campaign, trying to make people get vaccinated against measles, offering free vaccinations to anyone born after 1973 (people born in 1973 and earlier will have to pay a fee).

The angle of the campaign is to make clear to people that measels isn't a harmless childrens' disease, but is quite dangerous.

The headline of the sign is "Over 100,000 Danes can be hit by an epidemic - are you one of them?"

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Monday, April 09, 2012

It's alive!

It turns out that I've started to miss blogging, so I guess it is time to fire up this old blog again.

I expect to write some new posts during the week.

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