December 11, 2007

My "Faith" in the Media Falls Every Day

So the Telegraph requested submissions for a revised Union Jack to appease some politician with his panties in a bunch. What they got were mostly jokes.

It's the Internet. What else can you expect?

So here's the winning submission.


"Flame-haired cartoon dragon" my ass. Don't any of these people do any research anymore?

"It represents shouting "UNION!" and joining together; kicking reason to the curb and doing the impossible; fighting the power, and piercing the heavens," said the Norwegian designer.

My lord in heaven, google any one of those phrases and you're bound to come across an image like this.

Either they really don't get the joke, or they know they've been caught with their pants down and only hope to salvage some small amount of dignity by keeping quiet..

Posted in Anime by: Will at 07:07 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I don't recognize it. What is it? (I guess I'm just not hip...)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 11, 2007 07:53 PM (+rSRq)


The flaming-skull-in-glasses is the emblem of the Great Gurren Brigade (Dai-Gurren-Dan) from Gurren Lagann. Those phrases are the various over-the-top slogans/mottos the croup leader uses to describe their ridiculous antics.

The show's been consuming my thoughts lately in a way I haven't experienced since I played Xenogears back in 2000.

I won;t say you should look into it, but I think Gainax pulled off a winner with this one.

Posted by: Will at December 11, 2007 09:36 PM (E3UGR)


*sigh* I can not wait until comment editing is available. I was typing that other comment on the computer hooked into my TV, and the crappy resolution makes it very difficult to check for typoes.

I also think I should clarify myself.

It's a mecha show, which is an immediate negative for you, but there again, it's also got the DBZ theme of "New Big Bad? MORE POWER! Super-Saiyan-jin Level 37 here I come!" They aren't so much machines as extensions of the characters' "fighting spirit." In the process, it tells a story about a kid who grows up into a man (the anti-Shinji Ikari) and his allies who group up right along with him. It's a mixed bag of things you list as positives and negatives.

Posted by: Will at December 11, 2007 10:39 PM (E3UGR)

4 I've heard good things about it, and it does have that amazing redhead, so it can't be all bad. (Unless she gets killed.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 11, 2007 10:54 PM (+rSRq)

5 Even funnier was second place, which was a Welsh dragon with Louise photoshopped on the back...

Well. Probably not actually funnier. But also funny.

But yeah, it's another example of how online polling is useless for serious matters - you have to assume you're going to attract the attention of an infinite amount of people with too much free time and no respect for you or your goals. ;p

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at December 12, 2007 10:48 AM (LMDdY)


They weren't being serious. The whole point of this poll was that the idea of changing the Union Jack is a frivolous waste of time.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 12, 2007 10:56 AM (+rSRq)

7 Truly. The Internet is awash in unhelpful people.

Posted by: Will at December 12, 2007 11:08 AM (WnBa/)

8 What's really disturbing (now that there are a few comments up over there) is the number of people who seem to have taken the whole matter quite seriously.

Posted by: Will at December 12, 2007 05:42 PM (E3UGR)

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