Annual Exam results media obsession - why the fuss?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Rodney2q, Aug 16, 2012.

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  1. Once again the media have started their annual obsession with UK exam results and the subsequent scramble for university places. Why? Apart from a bunch of spotty teenagers and their parents does anyone else care?

    I have noticed the BBC seem particularly zealous in reporting on exam results, usually carefully choosing to interview well spoken types from apparently well off families.

    Is this a middle class obsession? Why do they not interview anyone who has failed their exams? Is it because the BBC still appears to be run by middle class media types who think this is REALLY important?

    I would think that with all the seriously important things going on in the world (Euro crisis, Syria, famines in Africa, middle east tension, civil unrest in pretty much every continent, etc etc) the media could get off their arses and actually report some it rather than indulge in lazy journalism about trivia.

    I really couldn't give a f*ck about the exam results, particularly for anyone trying to get a non-degree in meeja studies etc. Does anyone else here either care or can give me a good reason why there is so much fuss over it?

    Personally I think it is more smoke and mirrors to avoid having to report real news.

  2. ITs an obession because it gives various tabloids a good excuse to show that the 18yr old population of the UK almost exclusively consists of young buxom females who are terribly intelligent, ride horses and will spend the next three years going off the rails and acquiring an encyclopeadic knowledge of interesting eneral diseases. It also shows the chance to highlight the geeky and extremely clever virgins who will never actually touch a female who isnt made of latex, but who will end up terribly rich and with a series of interesting internet porn habits.
    This in turn provides endless fodder for the media and NAAFI bar to have fun with until the next distraction emerges...
  3. Further to my last - I spotted this little gem elsewhere.

    "Airline and Airport ManagementUniversity of West London, here I come!"

    Can anyone explain to me how on earth this is a degree subject and more importantly, wtf is the university of west london?
  4. Not sure if it's to avoid reporting real news but I think it is more to do with the growing concern of "dumbing down of the country" - I'm actually a fairly recent graduate (I joined uni as a 'mature student' and graduated in PR and Communications a few years back) and honestly, it was a waste of time. Despite putting myself in debt and the obvious enjoyment (hot, drunk sluts that are usually up for anything) I don't feel I learned a lot.

    The media has a responsibility to an extent - It has to be balanced. The daily mail, sky, the sun, and all the other useless shiterags like that have a duty to scare the shit out of the ill informed, the nationalists and the flag wavers. The guardian, the BBC, and the like have a duty to whine, complain and make the left wing get behind their computers and write angry blog posts about how its hard being working class as their jelly rolls spill over the sides of their chairs and their ME flares up.

    Every year there its always reported that "exams are getting easier, etc etc" - This isn't just prevalant in education. When I told my parents I am in the process of joining up their response (after oh, good on you etc.) was "well, it's easier than when we both were in" - Personally I'm not too sure how to stand on this.

    I think one generation always deems the other less worthy of credit for their actions sometimes - but OT - I think that it's a legitmate worry if that IS the case and things are generally getting easier and easier.
  5. I'll raise you - My university had a degree in comedy. No joke.
  6. Ah yes, it's national "pictures of fruity girls" day in the Telegraph.
  7. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
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    1. It's one of the most important days in a lot of young lives and will shape the dreams and aspirations of many.

    2. It gives old sods like you a chance to bang on about 'non degrees' and exams getting easier. Bah, humbug Grandad :)

    3. It's cheap to cover and the papers and TV love to show young photogenic girls leaping about.

    4. It's a handy stick to beat the Government with over fees and gives the media much to chatter about for a week or so.

    5. See what I got in my mailbox today


    6. Get it up you, Meldrew!
  8. Eyyyy, congrats :)
  9. So I take it you are one of those

  10. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    I was the first time round (graduated in 1996 - going back for more)
  11. A contradiction in terms.

    As for the original post, it's news because the largely middle-class purchasers of these papers are prepared to pay handsomely to have their collective vanity pandered to.

    If it's been sent from my HTC Sensation using Tapatalk then I'm probably pissed.
  12. I'll top that: my mate does that course,
  13. Entry point 1? Oh, well. A consolation prize is still a prize... :wink:

    If it's been sent from my HTC Sensation using Tapatalk then I'm probably pissed.
  14. Southampton Solent?
  15. Good luck - I went back aged 51, enjoyed the degree but the noise, my dear, and the people ....
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