Thursday, December 07, 2006

More interactive TV

Mozzer: Enigma? Maybe. Icon? Nope.

A bunch of anti-Public Service Broadcasting entrists at the BBC have decided to annoy the silent majority again. This time, they are doing a poll to find our top 'Living Icon'.

I'd like to be a fly on the wall when their 'creatives' dreamed that one up. (Can flies make flamethrowers work? Let me know).

The three finalists are David Attenborough, Paul McCartney and the lovely S.P. Morrissey.

David Attenborough!!?! You can't give someone an award like this unless there is a popular tabloid nickname based on an abbreviation of their surname.

I know I've made a few enemies in the last few weeks, but can I unite the visitors to this blog behind at least one principle?

"Anyone using the word 'Icon' (except in discussing old religious pictures) should be publically eviscerated"



Jim Bliss said...

"Anyone using the word 'Icon' (except in discussing old religious pictures) should be publically eviscerated"

So what exactly do you call those little pictures on your computer desktop that, when clicked with a mouse pointer, open a file or application?

Apparently the word I use would see me publicly eviscerated.

Paulie said...

OK Jim. Fair point. Exception added.

Will said...

Fuck that. Call the thingies.

Charlie said...

I voted for Mozza on your behalf. OK, Paul?

ivan said...

I am SO with you on this:

David Attenborough - blegh

Morrissey - blegggahhhh

Sir Paul McCartney - bleugghehehhgo0nofnsionfdjisheghwgf naicndinsijgbisbfgjsgrooooghhh

Igor Belanov said...

I agree on the misuse of 'icon', though I think Moz has to be described as a genius instead.
Btw, 'legend' is another word used injudiciously. This morning I saw Brendan Ormsby termed a 'Leeds legend'. He wasn't even particularly good when he played for Scarborough.

Nelson said...


An icon (from Greek εἰκών, eikon, "image") is an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it, or by analogy, as in semiotics; in computers an icon is a symbol on the monitor used to signify a command; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern popular culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities.

Taken from that font of all knowledge