British newspapers are much more fun to read

You can always count on The Register for a snarky take on the day's technology news. Today's favorite is this "review" of the nTAG, which ends with

Well, we think that any sane person would have to held at gunpoint to induce them to carry an electronic device which, besides containing personal or other information which is transmitted wirelessly, can also be tracked by event organisers and makes the wearer look like a complete muppet. We could be wrong, of course.

Even more mainstream papers like The Guardian can develop quite an attitude. They recently ridiculed the furore over that thing that everybody is talking about but the courts have forbidden the press from reporting on. My favorite is still this list of things we don't miss. I don't understand three quarters of it but I don't care; it's still a riot.

Why are newspapers in the States so stodgy? The only wild goofiness in a major paper I can think of offhand is the Washington Post Style Invitational, but they wouldn't dare let any of this infect their "serious" news...

Comments (14)
  1. Mike says:

    My english composition professor was a Brit and he would bring in the Guardian, it was only on paper then, so we could critique and analyze proper grammar. Since then I’ve tried to read it as regularly as possible.

  2. Curt Hagenlocher says:

    "Must read"-ing at our house is The Economist, a weekly newsmag that is the British equivalent of Time magazine — or would be, if Time were written intelligently, assumed an intelligent readership, and was positively brimming with British sarcasm. If you’re a geek and like that kind of stuff, "NTK" is good, too.

  3. _brG_ says:

    hmmmmm ……Arctic Roll … hmmmmmmmmm

  4. milk says:

    although I feel the leftie guardian (or the ‘grauniad’ as it is sometimes known for it’s regular spelling mistakes: ) is of a better quality than practically all of the other sensationalising or partisan newspapers one finds in the united kingdom, it’s often satirical view of current affairs does have a disadvantage: i’m an indie man myself (

  5. chris says:

    I think mainstream American culture is more stodgy in general..

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to note that what we’re talking about here is tabloid newspapers. Although tabloid refers to the shape of the paper, tabloid newspapers are almost always appalingly biased and full of crummy reporting.

    The Register is every inch a tabloid :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    The Inquirer is little better.

    It used to be _a_ little better, but I now have to drop the article.

    (Yes, I’m a Guardian reader.)

  8. Tom says:

    I love arctic roll!

  9. Kim Gräsman says:

    The Guardian’s list might have been funny if it wasn’t for their complete dismissal of Swedish liquorice. Those Brits should get a hold of themselves.

    /Swede and loving the salty licorice.

  10. The Grauniad *isn’t* a tablod. The Indy is available in both formats physically (at least in some parts of the UK), but remains a "broadsheet" in character.

  11. Markus K says:

    If you think the Guardian is a tabloid you haven’t seen the British tabloids. While the Guardian does lean a bit politically (another thing to know about newspapers in Britain is that they have a quite clearly defined political point of view) at least they try to research their stories.

  12. MilesArcher says:

    What can’t british papers separate fact from opinion?

    This stuff belongs on the op ed page.

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