Warning: this article has a hidden agenda


6:19 pm - August 14th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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Blogger and programmer Tom Scott wants articles to be more forthcoming about their agenda. So he developed a warning label system.

He says:

It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there’s no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content.

I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I’ve been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well.

Some of the labels:

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Our our favourite one…

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See more labels here

You can make your own labels from this PDF!

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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Reader comments


Warning: Rod Liddle agrees with this.

Warning – Jan Moir has written this.

Warning – this headline has no real connection with the story below.

WARNING:
This article was written by spouse/lover/relative/toady of the person it’s about.

Warning – this newspaper is funded by a megalomaniac who doesn’t pay tax in Britain.

Warning: Includes quote from TaxPayers’ Alliance.

Warning: You’d be better off getting a life than reading this.

(Obviously I mean the papers, not LC. Or not. Perhaps).

WARNING – this article makes unsubstantiated claims that the editor somehow agrees with, but skirts round this “minor” issue by quoting nice people out of context

Could someone prepare an html/digital* version of this please?

Extremely useful as a short hand blog post. Link plus label, all that’s needed sometimes.

* Yes, I am a technological ignoramus, sorry.

11. Anne Onymous

Warning: too many people trying to be cheeky. Including this one.

Warning
This may send you into a deep paranoia that could be the result of reading it while high. Please check with your doctor before reading it.


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