Video games are stunting children's imagination and inhibiting their ability to play together.This rather concerning issue came to light in research we conducted for Toby's Travelling Circus, our new television programme for under-fives. The study found that children who play with computer games are less likely to play with other children or to turn household objects, such as cardboard boxes, into toys.
The BBC is getting blamed for doing nothing about Jimmy Savile, although it seems, over the years, five police forces actually investigated stories about him in some way and did nothing. I worked in British television from 1973 onwards, though only twice on BBC programmes; the rest of the time, I worked for ITV and independent companies. Still, I heard rumours about Jimmy Savile.
At the recent Edinburgh Fringe, for the second year running, far-and-away the trendiest show among comics themselves was Set List - Comedy Without a Net, in which, when they go on stage, unprepared comedians are given five (usually bizarre) phrases which they have to weave into an act. They do not know the words in advance and the phrases are revealed only one by one during the comedians 'set'.
It's hard being in my situation. I've isolated myself psychologically into a cocoon of nihilistic cynicism, that rejects most media as suspect. Instead of being mind raped by propagandist nonsense, I've voluntarily gone celibate and escaped its insidious drip-feeding of poisonous misinformation. My neurosis dictates that the mainstream media (man) reflects the views of the powerful and, therefore, lacks plurality of opinion. Ergo, we don't have an open debate or society, but a prevailing socio economic culture that denies all other possibilities a true voice.
For those in their mid-thirties, cast your mind back to how you imagined the future. Did you see your future-self wearing 3D glasses reclining on a smart-chair, awaiting an evening printed meal served by your domestic droid as your 3D TV pumped out ads for trips into space? Maybe, but I am guessing the glasses were not part of that fantasy vision.
Four days ago Gillian Anderson issued a statement on her website decrying her annoyance over how she was being talked about in certain articles. However, what she did not mention was the recent, and very excited reporting of a supposed relationship between Anderson and former X-Files co-star David Duchovny (a rumour since debunked by representatives from both camps).