Downtime lets off steam, like the train in Casablanca

Downtime is getting a little irked with the habit of the mainstream news of explaining anything technical in reference to a film.

Downtime is getting a little irked with the habit of the mainstream news of explaining anything technical in reference to a film.

Downtime noted a BBC radio story on the DNA database was recently explained against the backdrop of the Spielberg film "Minority Report" - where crimes are prevented before they happen.

News stories about AI inevitably start with a reel from "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", before slam-cutting into that clip of a robot dog taking a few steps before falling over, with Japanese scientists in the background.

Stories about department managers or how to be a better manager carry pictures of David Brent from "The Office".

And it seems set to continue. Recent news about IT staff needing better social skills now seem legally required to carry pictures of geeky characters from Channel 4's "The IT Crowd".

Downtime feels this is lazy journalism and only serves to increase the isolation and separation between the public and IT, like in that film "28 Days Later".




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