Thursday, May 21, 2015

Campbell Live Is Now Dead. Mediaworks Next?

John Campbell will no longer host TV3's current affairs show that bears his name.
RadioLive, which is owned by MediaWorks (which also owns TV3), tweeted the news this arvo: "John Campbell will leave Campbell Live. The show will continue four days a week under a new name with two presenters." Well, I hope they told John before putting it out there!
Supporters of the current affairs show have been calling for action to keep the show since a review - led by TV3 news and current affairs boss Mark Jennings - was announced a few weeks ago.
Campbell Live has surged in the ratings in recent weeks as the public swung in behind the show. Campbell Live, which often campaigns for
the underdog, has regularly topped the network's ratings.
How ironic then, that Mediaworks is facing mega-changes of its own!
The whisper is that US investment company Oaktree is about to take full ownership of the firm.
Oaktree became the tv and radio company's majority owner last month when it bought the 36.5% combined stake in MediaWorks previously held by bankers Westpac and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
That bumped Oaktree's stake in MediaWorks up to 77.8%.
MediaWorks spokesman Rachel Lorimer says...er...um...the company does not comment on shareholder matters.
Ha! Let's just say: what goes around comes around, Mediaworks!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Penis Patrol Pounces On Potholes

Fed up with your local council not fixing potholes?
Draw a DICK around the problem and see what happens.
This seems to be working for anonymous artist "Wanksy" who's been spray-painting penises around his town's problematic potholes. The road vigilante says the streets in Ramsbottom (yes!), Greater Manchester, UK are in an appalling state. The campaigner says he has cyclist friends who have been injured by hitting the potholes.
One pothole had been there for eight months but, once "Wanksy" penis-painted it, the hole was patched in 48 hours.
He's been called a "hero" by his Facebook fans, but a council spokesman claims his actions are stupid, and insulting to the community: "Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they're confronted by these obscene symbols as they walk to school? Not only is this vandalism, but it's also counter-productive. Every penny we have to spend cleaning off this graffiti is a penny less we have to spend on actually repairing the potholes!"
Eeeeeee, by gooom...!
Still, it's one way that Penis People Power can get things done, because councils around the world otherwise seem to drag their dicks on road repairs. And, if they'd fixed the problem when it had first appeared...
Hell, imagine if this was done in Christchurch at the moment: every earthquake-damaged street would be a sausage-fest of willy art!!
I'm certain that "Banksy" would approve...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Zit-Popping Explosion

We've all had the odd zit or pimple, that we got rid of with a quick if painful squeeze in private.
But now, watching people pop zits and squeeze cysts is so popular on YouTube that the videos are getting multi-million views and turning top uploaders into celebrities!
YouTube has everything from a 2sec.clip of a zit exploding, to a 10-minute saga of pus oozing from a cyst that was so big it had its own name, George.
Other hits involve a man popping a 20-year-zit on the back of his neck and one labelled 'Best pimple pop ever' which has 30 million views and an introduction like a blockbuster movie!
These videos are so POP-ular that you can get paid for your popping footage - yeup, US$20 (NZ$26) from Pop That Zit! Pop That Zit details five types of zit-poppers...including OPZPs (other people's zit-poppers) who fantasise about squeezing pus out of other people. Baaarrrfff!!!
This fad has created celebrities such as Dr Vikram Yadav, whose video of popping nose blackheads has been viewed 15 million times. Its four sequels amassed another 50 million views.
So why are these videos so popular? According to Daniel Kelly, a Purdue Uni professor, it's because we get to experience something yucky or maybe dangerous without suffering the painful effects. Viewers commenting on the videos often say they're "satisfying". The videos hold a similar attraction to horror movies: no-one wants to be a victim of a crazed killer but many love to watch others suffer.
Nupe - not buying into this. It's just plain SICK!!! Use some Clearasil, kids...or better still, try washing your damn faces like mum said!