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Metrobeat - It's A Slippery Slope

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Metrobeat - It's A Slippery Slope
Submitted by capdog on Monday, September 10, 2007 - 12:38

The new logo... not winning any awards.The new logo... not winning any awards.One might argue that being petty over spelling and grammar is uncalled for, as most of us make mistakes from time to time. So why should Vasantha Angamuthu be treated any differently?

Well, Vasantha is the new editor of the city's most widely-read and arguably important magazine, Metrobeat. She's burst onto the scene by producing an incredibly sloppy column that appears on the inside sleeve of September's issue, the first edition with her in the editor's chair.

As far as "first impressions" go, this is a disaster.

Let's look at the errors in the Vasantha's column:

"What has not changes is that Metrobeat..."

Ummm, don't you mean changed?

"KwaMashu gets a look in in the September edition.."

A look "in in" the edition? And why are there two fullstops at the end of this sentence?

"...you can also do your own review of your favourite eating out, coffee shop, breakfast joint and send it to us..."

Well, firstly there's a missing 'or', and secondly what is an "eating out"? This sentence should read: '...you can also do your own review of your favourite eating venue, coffee shop or breakfast joint and send it to us...'; but even then it doesn't sound quite right.

"...and from November w will be featuring..."

Urrr... you mean 'we will be featuring...'

These are all glaring errors, obvious to me the first time I skimmed over the text.

I find it completely unacceptable that the city's official magazine is being edited by someone who is clearly incapable of doing the most basic task of an editor - publishing grammatically correct and error-free English.

Up until last month, Peter Bendheim was the editor of Metrobeat, having taken it from concept to it's (now former) glory over the course of a hundred issues. That hard work might all come to naught, as it appears the slide downhill has just begun.

I also find the content of the column slightly irksome. Vasantha promises that much has changed from the old format, and she says: "What has changed is that you are going to find more familiar people and places in the magazine - people like you and places you know."

Really? More familiar people and places? I find that tough to believe, seeing as the old Metrobeat delivered exactly these things, while maintaining a great diversity in it's offerings. The September issue has certainly not delivered on these "changes"; I await the next to see if they will ever come to fruition.

I have of course been critical of Metrobeat before, in an article that revealed the Mayor was plagiarising his column.

But am I just being pathetic and too harsh on Vasantha? Do you think we should be demanding such high standards from this council magazine? Leave a message in the comments.


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Subject:  spelling and grammar advice
Author:  Erika (not verified)
Date:  20 September, 2007 - 05:32

If you are going to be fussed about spelling and grammar in Metrobeat, then you should know the difference between "it's" (it is) and "its" (possessive), but you clearly don't as the following sentence reveals:
Peter Bendheim was the editor of Metrobeat, having taken it from concept to it's (now former) glory over the course of a hundred issues. That hard work might all come to naught, as it appears the slide downhill has just begun.


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Subject:  Its true, what can I say.
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Author:  capdog
Date:  20 September, 2007 - 08:24

Its true, what can I say. Luckily though, I'm a software specialist - not the editor of the most widely read magazine in Durban.


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Subject:  this syntax does not compute
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  20 September, 2007 - 10:32

o/ We all live in a yellow subroutine... a yellow subroutine... a yellow subroutine... o/

KLIKTRAK
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Subject:  metrobeat
Author:  jill gowans (not verified)
Date:  25 September, 2007 - 14:17

My Metrobeat did not,fortunately, arrive this month but feedback from friends says it is appalling, and nowhere near the high standard under Peter Bendheim's editorship. What is extraordinary is that Vasantha Angamuthu introduces herself as the new editor when she has already winged it to a job in India; her farewell was reported at the same time in that indisputable eThekwini propaganda sheet, the Metro Ezasegagasini. Does the council's right hand know what the left hand is doing?


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Subject:  (Ahem)
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  26 September, 2007 - 07:32

No.


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Subject:  doth protest too much !!
Author:  Pravin Amar (not verified)
Date:  17 December, 2007 - 00:04

methinks doth protest too much, gowans !!
has the disenchanted privileged, has-been "journalists" who have secured positions through networks of friends and family in the liberal media now find themselves in the wilderness ?
is the internet the new forum for settling old scores ?
how do the comments detract from the facts :
that Vasantha Angamuthu was the first black woman parliamentary reporter appointed purely on merit in the FIRST democractic parliament of the Republic of SA ;
that she conceptualised and sucessfully turned around the communciations department of the eThekwini municipality (with help of her colleagues, she will be the first to admit) and that she is generally a very able professional head-hunted from Dubai to Delhi.
so, she gets rid of some dead-wood along the way !!- they decide to mobilise in cyber-space, hoping no-one will notice !
SURPRISE !! JUST GOT BUSTED !! SUTCLIFFE WILL KNOW ABOUT THIS !!

P.S. Who runs this webpage anyway - not another bunch of disgruntled south africans with one leg in adelaide ?


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Subject:  No, I run this webpage. Jill
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Author:  capdog
Date:  17 December, 2007 - 07:22

No, I run this webpage. Jill is spot on - Vasantha left the position almost immediately, and the Metrobeat is an absolute disaster since I wrote this article.

The "facts" that you are referring to are meaningless in the context.

Get a grip!


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Subject:  This is the Point !
Author:  Pravin Amar (not verified)
Date:  17 December, 2007 - 22:18

Hiding behind a pseudonym is convenient !

The issues raised are not meaninglesss - they are the substance of the very issues I raise !! You or Jill make allegations on the basis that there will be "no response" and then you hide behind a trite and juvenile response !! You dare to allow Jill (and others ?) via this webpage to criticise someone, yet you will not allow a defence.
To repeat, then, is this webpage a forum to defame persons ?
My recollection at law school was that defamation constitutes libel, according to the law ot Tort.

I am who I appear to be as my name suggest !
So, who is capdog ??

If you feel so strongly about the Metro Beat, have the courage to write and comment directly to them!! Why allow jill to single out one person - what is her agenda !! Cyberspace is a indeed a dangerous place. It is even more dangerous for you if you are to believe that you can get away with allowing unlawful activities (like defamation) to prevail.

Pravin Amar


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Subject:  Re: Freedom of Speech
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  18 December, 2007 - 06:27

Dear Pravin:

If you're tooled up on law, you'd have heard of freedom of speech, enshrined as it is in our blessed Constitution.

As far as I'm aware, any criticism made on this website is open to comment. Thus yours remain above.

Don't lump this site together with whenwe's and online honky exile soap boxes, this is a Durban thing for Durbanites (or eThekwenites...or uKhangelites...and so on.)

Deal with it, and stop trotting out the hackneyed defences when no real harm has been done.

We write what we like, and anyone else can do same.

Freedom of speech, my man.

Have a nice day, now.

p.s: If you really wanna know who's who in the zoo, all it takes is a polite email. Don't jump to conclusions or cast aspersions. So unbecoming.

p.p.s: The overuse! Of Unnecessary Capital Letters! And Exclamation Marks! Makes! For a very Shrill! Tone!

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Subject:  Uh.......Yawn Thud...
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Author:  Clauds
Date:  18 December, 2007 - 06:31

It seems to have escaped Ms Amar's notice that this is a forum, yes, a FORUM, to discuss events/people/places, and, well just about anything really. I find Capdog's comments on the shoddy grammar in the Metrobeat completely founded, Pravin Amar seems to have misinterpreted this as some elaborate "cyberspace" vindictive plot and somehow taken this on as almost a personal attack (she wasn't her P.A. by any chance?). The result is turning a valid criticism into all out warfare (total of 10 exclamation marks in the last melodramatic retort). Quite frankly is just bloody boring, has very little merit and extremely rude. Get some manners, widen your tunnel vision and take a chill pill!


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Subject:  Whats in a Name
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Author:  Clauds
Date:  18 December, 2007 - 06:35

I see I've referred to Pravin, as Ms. If you are male I apologise.


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Subject:  Merry Xmas / Hanukkah / Kwaanza / Yuletide....
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  20 December, 2007 - 11:51

Toodle-oo, people, until next year - have yourselves a very merry, and here's hoping we all navigate the festal mania sane and sound.
Seeya next year.

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