Media: Things we like

Future's site

Red eye could soon be a thing of the past with the launch of PhotoRadar, a niche photography website from Future. Fans of photography will be able to access video tutorials on the site, view user-generated content and put their snaps forward to be reviewed by their peers. Future is also aggregating all the content from its Digital Camera and PhotoPlus titles, turning PhotoRadar into a one-stop shop. All of which gives us even less of an excuse for taking rubbish pictures.

NatMag's Michael Jackson tribute

The world has been awash with Jacko tributes, but we were especially impressed with the response of The National Magazine Company, which managed to compete with the likes of OK! (which secured exclusive rights to a picture of a dying Jackson) by putting out a special 132-page tribute magazine by the following Tuesday. The magazine really stands out due to some of the rare photography that NatMag has been able to unearth, making it a genuinely collectable item.

Charlie Brooker on the Michael Jackson coverage

Brooker's Monday column in The Guardian G2 section is essential reading, but he was in his element when ripping the TV news media apart for its reporting, over several days, of Michael Jackson's death. "The news is not the place to 'celebrate' Jackson's music. The Glastonbury stage, the pub, the club, the office stereo, the arts documentary: that's the place. The news should report his death, then piss off out of the way, leaving people to moonwalk and raise a toast in peace," he writes. And this was one of his more measured observations.

Universal phone charger deal

We're constantly mislaying our mobile phone chargers, so it was welcome news this week that mobile companies, under the direction of the European Commission, have agreed a deal to develop a "one size fits all" charger. Companies including Nokia, Apple, Sony Ericsson and Samsung are on board with the initiative, which should result in a single charging unit by next year.


Attacks on BBC's Glastonbury coverage

We're all for attacking the excesses of the BBC (cross-promotion of programming, expenses, etc), but the commercial media should choose its targets more carefully. The Sunday Times and Daily Mail went out of their way to slam the BBC for sending more than 400 staff to cover Glastonbury. Yet, given the exhaustive coverage of the event (which, it pains us to say, we enjoyed) and the fact that the BBC was Glastonbury's global broadcast partner, this didn't seem extreme. The only thing we hated was the excessive and cringing praise heaped out to Blur and other bands by uncritical presenters.