Bogus "Blue Monday"

Friday, January 10, 2014

Transcript

Every year at this time, the media report on the phenomenon of "Blue Monday," the day researchers have determined is purportedly the most depressing of the year. This year, the sad day fell on January 6th. Bob speaks with Dr. Ben Goldacre, who writes the Bad Science blog, about how "Blue Monday" is just a pseudoscientific media myth started by a public relations company.

Guests:

Ben Goldacre

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [3]

Corey from Burlington VT

Interesting article and story, and I too cringe at the intrusion of corporate money into science and research (however banal). I do take issue to Dr. Goldacre's use of female pejoratives at the end of the report. I do not believe the hateful words "slut" and "whore" are appropriate for most stories on "On The Media", unless perhaps it is a story about how the media perpetuates and reinforces negative female caricatures through casual conversation.

The editors should have recognized this distasteful quip as hateful and unnecessary to the report and removed it and Bob Garfield's uncomfortable laugh, from the copy.

Jan. 13 2014 11:15 AM
Robert from New York

Thank you, OTM, for your forthright guest who slammed a certain weather purveyor's unilateral naming of storms for the foolishness that it is. I have enthusiastically boycotted the Weather Channel and its website (Accuweather.com is every bit as good, without the nonsense!!) ever since the storm "naming" began. I can't help wondering, in fact, whether some something more sinister was going on, such as money changing hands, when TWC perpetrated one of its recent storm namings. Not long after I heard a media lemming refer to a certain storm by the H name, there suddenly was a commercial for a movie, now playing, whose title character was ... guess who. The name begins with an H. It raises a legitimate question ... is the self-promotional naming of these storms not just foolish and annoying, but also corrupt??????

Jan. 12 2014 11:00 AM
Robert from New York

Thank you, OTM, for your forthright guest who slammed a certain weather purveyor's unilateral naming of storms for the foolishness that it is. I have enthusiastically boycotted the Weather Channel and its website (Accuweather.com is every bit as good, without the nonsense!!) ever since the storm "naming" began. I can't help wondering, in fact, whether some something more sinister was going on, such as money changing hands, when TWC perpetrated one of its recent storm namings. Not long after I heard a media lemming refer to a certain storm by the H name, there suddenly was a commercial for a movie, now playing, whose title character was ... guess who. The name begins with an H. It raises a legitimate question ... is the self-promotional naming of these storms not just foolish and annoying, but also corrupt??????

Jan. 12 2014 10:59 AM

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