Sunday, December 04, 2005


We're sure the News of the World only has the best interests of "brave" Tran Thi Thao Nguyen at heart, but we're not sure quite what the point is of making her go through the alleged loss of her virginity to Gary Glitter is right now. Of course, the paper could argue that it's not going to prejudice Glitter's trial, but even so... what is exactly gained by making a young girl recall the night she was raped in lurid detail? It's already well established that Glitter is a bit of a monster; surely the NOTW doesn't find this whole story titilating, does it?

News of the WorldTalking of News of the World, we were very surprised to see the top banner on their website described with the following alt text:
britneyspears,amazingstories,I'mACelebrity,celeb,star, StrictlyComeDancing,maxcliffordXFactor,BigBrother,Soaps,Music, Sport.
Ali Landry,Alicia Silverstone,Alyssa Milano,Amanda Peet,Angela Schijf,Angelina Jolie,Anna Friel,Ashley Judd,Bridget Moynahan,Brooke Burns,Brooke Satchwell,
Brooke Shields,Calista Flockhart,Cameron Diaz,Carmen Electra,Cate Blanchett,
Catherine Bell,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Charisma Carpenter,Christina Applegate,Christina Ricci,Claire Danes,Claire Goose,Clea Duvall,Courteney Cox,Courtney Throne Smith,
Demi Moore,Denise Richards,Donna D'Errico,Drew Barrymore,Elizabeth Hurley,Elisabeth Shue,Erika Eleniak,Emma Harrison,Gabrielle Anar,Gena Lee Nolin,Gillian Anderson,
Gina Gershon,Gwyneth Paltrow,Halle Berry,Heather Locklear,Hudson Leick, Isla Fisher,Izabella Miko,Jamie Lee Curtis,Jenny McCarthy,Jennifer Aniston
LoveHewitt,Jeri Ryan,Jessica Alba,Jessica Biel,Julia Roberts,Kate Winslet,Katie Holmes,Kim Basinger,Kimberley Davies,Kirsten Dunst,Lisa Kudrow,Liv Tyler,Lucy Lawless,Lucy Liu,Lynda Carter,Martine McCutcheon,Meg Ryan,Melissa Joan Hart,Mena Suvari,Michelle Pfeiffer,Natalie Portman,Neve Campbell,Nicola Charles,Nicole Kidman,Phoebe Cates,Piper Perabo,Rebecca DeMornay,Rebecca Gayheart,Reese Witherspoon,Rosanna Arquette,Salma Hayek,Samantha Janus,Sandra Bullock,
Sarah Michelle Gellar,Shannen Doherty,Shannon Elizabeth,Sharon Stone,Sophie Marceau,Stacey Dash,Teri Hatcher,Tia Carrere,Tori Spelling,Traci Lords,Uma Thurman,Vivicia Fox,Winona Ryder,Yasmine Bleeth, Alec Baldwin,Ben Affleck,Brad Pitt,David Boreanaz,David Duchovny,Dylan McDermott,Ewan McGregor,Ethan Hawke,James Dean,Johnny Depp,Jude Law,LeonardoDiCaprio,Matt Damon,Matt Le Blanc,Mel Gibson,Nicholas Cage,Scott Baio,Tom Cruise,Will Smith,Adam Rickitt,Andrea Corr,Beyonce Knowles,Billie Piper,Celine Dion,Christina Aguilera,Courtney Love,
Dannii Minogue,Emma Bunton,Faith Hill,Foxy Brown,Gary Barlow,Geri Halliwell,Janet Jackson,Jennifer Lopez,Jessica Simpson,Justin Timberlake,Kylie Minogue,Lauryn Hill,LeAnn Rimes,Louise Nurding,Mariah Carey,Madonna, Mandy Moore,Mel C,Melanie Blatt,Natalie Imbruglia,Nicole Appleton,Rachel Stevens,Reba McEntire,Ricky Martin,Robbie Williams,Ronan Keating,Sean Combs (Puff Daddy),Shania Twain,Shaznay Lewis,Vanessa Mae,Victoria Adams, Whitney Houston,A1,All Saints,Atomic Kitten,Backstreet Boys,Bewitched,Boyzone,The Corrs,Five,Girl Thing,Hanson,S Club 7,The Spice Girls,Steps,Westlife, Cat Deeley,Daisy Fuentes,Denise Van Outen,Donna Air,Emma Ledden,Gail Porter,Katie Couric,Sara Cox,Tracy Shaw,Ulrika Jonsson,Zoe Ball, Elaine Lordan,Sid Owen,David Dickinson,Sheree Murphy,Jilly Goolden, David Blunkett, Kimberley Davies,Jenny Frost,Anthony Costa,Carol Thatcher,Jimmy Osmond,Darren Gough,Patsy Palmer,Colin Jackson,James Martin,Bill Turnbull,Zoe Ball,Will Thorp,Dennis Taylor,Fiona Phillips,Gloria Hunniford,Jaye Jacobs,Siobhan Hayes,Shayne Ward,Phillip Magee,Nicholas Dorsett,Chenai Zinyuku ,Chico Slimani,Brenda Edwards,Maria Lawson,Andy Abraham,4 Tune,The Conway Sisters,Addictiv Ladies,Journey South,Orlaith McAllister,Anthony Hutton,Makosi Musambasi,Sam Heuston,Jade Goody,
Shell Jubin,Vanessa Layton-McIntosh,Nadia Almada,Brian Rowling,Kate Lawler,Michelle Bass,Lesley Sanderson,Craig Phillips,Maxwell Ward,Saskia Howard-Clarke,Jessie Wallace,Leslie Grantham,Michelle Ryan,Joe Swash,Steve McFadden,Tina O'Brien,Nikki Sanderson,Samia Ghadie,Pete Doherty,Kerry Katona,Liam Gallagher,Noel Gallagher,Emma Bunton,Will Young,Gareth Gates,Danni Minogue,Geri Halliwell,David Walliams,Matt Lucas,Sharon Osbourne,Louis Walsh,Simon Cowell,Chris Evans,Billie Piper,Christopher Eccelston,David Tennant,Kate Thornton,Chris Moyles,James Nesbitt,Ant McPartlin,Dec Donnelly,Gavin Henson,Kevin Pieterson,Andrew Flintoff ,John Terry,Steven Gerrard,Ricky Hatton,Ryan Giggs,Ashley Cole,Jermaine Pennant,Joey Barton,David James,Sol Campbell,Lee Bowyer,Cristiano Ronaldo,Paul Gascoigne,sven,Rio Ferdinand,David O'Leary,Chris Eubank,Lee Sharpe"

The point of alt text is to make webpages easier to follow for people who use screenreaders or who surf with images switched off. Surely Rupert Murdoch's sunday title wouldn't be attempting to use an accessability feature in a bid to rig its position in the search engines, would it?


eyetie said...

This is going to be especially painful for the blind who use alt-text to "read" images.

Last year, various companies were successfully for mega-dough under the new Disabilities Act because their facilities (chiefly shops but websites were cited) were not deemed to be "equally accessible" for the able and disabled alike.

Whose turn is it to grass up the NOTW to the RNIB? :)

eyetie said...

This is a true Who's Who of celebrity. As well as a Who TF Are You including:

Ali Landry
Donna D'Errico
Angela Schijf and
Courtney Throne Smith whose own biog asks the same question:

Then there's the barrel-scraping mentioned-once-in-passing names:

Lucy Lawless
Rebecca DeMornay
Stacey Dash
Scott Baio (who no Fonz?)
Traci Lords (any other p0rn stars on the list?)

And the categories mentioned (BigBrother,Soaps,Music, Sport) strangely don't include News.


simon h b said...

Oddly, besides the mispellings in the first segments, Emma Bunton pops up twice.

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