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Monday Morning Introspection
Birmingham City drew 0-0 with Rotherham this weekend with Neil Warnock’s new charges finishing with just nine men. However, following defeats for Derby County and Ipswich Town Blues very much remain in the playoff hunt in seventh place, three points behind Sheffield Wednesday.
I think I should warn you before you read any further this post isn’t actually much about the game. As I didn’t go up to Rotherham I can’t and won’t comment on the game – and in some ways I’m kinda sad that I can’t because it doesn’t appear many websites have.
From reading through NewsNow this morning it seems to me that analysis of the game is really thin on the ground with two of the top three most-read stories in the last 24 hours being online reactions from Blues fans towards news and events rather than reporting news and on actual events.
I’m not sure if this is me being old and cynical but reporting on football has changed – and not for the better. For example, HITC (who I have written for myself briefly once upon a time) have a story with Blues fans tweeting their “frustrations” with the draw – yet I’d say at least a few of those tweets are people being slightly facetious or acting the “wind-up merchant” about Blues.
I can’t even tell you what the top story from the Birmingham Mail was about as I’m now physically unable to access their website now due to their policy of site-destroying ads, autoplaying videos and a refusal to allow adblock on their site. It’s a shame in many ways as despite the editorial line he’s forced to follow I think Brian Dick does a good job – from speaking to him he’s definitely a man who is passionate about reporting about the club properly and I suspect he’s somewhat taken the club and the fans into his heart a little bit.
It’s funny, but the only real “news” about the club actually seems to come from the club itself – which while being a good thing as it is news directly from the source also has it’s downside as I guess we have to understand that there will always be a little bit of “spin” involved – the club is hardly likely to say anything negative about itself after all.
Before anyone says it, I do see the irony about me complaining about this as I write a website which carries opinion and speculation too – however I would say in my own defence I have never pretended that this website is anything but my opinion and I have always asked people to treat any speculation with scepticism – including what I say.
I’m curious however as to whether it’s just me who feels this way – or if I should just shut up and embrace this new style of journalism which reflects reaction from fans and produces bite-sized chunks of information rather than true in-depth analysis and thought. Maybe it’s just me being defensive because I’ve been accused of writing “clickbait” myself – something I would hotly contest as I’ve tried to stay clear of “five things we learned” style articles and rehashing news from elsewhere.