Grauniad Highlights – a tumblr by @Phinharper and @thegreatDamfino
Grauniad Highlights , a new tumblr by @TheGreatDamfino and @PhinHarper is really quite inspired. And I’m a little worried it will put the already weary and lacklustre Graunwatch out of business altogether!
Phin began the project when his friend Joel (@thegreatdamfino) left the UK for far-flung pastures new, so Joel wouldn’t miss out on the UK’s ‘best news’. Now they both update the site. This simple presentation of the most Guardianesque bits of the Guardian has had me chuckling to myself for days.
But Grauniad Highlights can be read seriously too. It exposes the most cosseted, navel-gazing, ‘first world problems’ attitudes of the Graun in a comical way, without making my mistake of actually saying anything about the journalism and the hacks, that hypothetically could get one into hypothetical trouble. I particularly like the entry below which simply lists some of the inane yet slightly neurotic questions of Graun headlines: ‘Can you be too intelligent? Can you be too ethical? Can you be too left wing? Can you be too happy?’ It puts a disturbing image in my mind of Eva Wiseman on acid.
Although Grauniad Highlights shows up the Guardian for what it has become – a superficial lifestyle mag that accessorizes concern – it also has a worrying effect on me in that it makes me feel almost affectionate towards the old ‘newspaper’. I can see why Joel, living thousands of miles away from King’s Place, would miss groaning along with the rest of us at the pompousness, the smugness, the tweeness the Graun churns out on a daily basis. Like overpriced cappuccino, ‘we apologise for the inconvenience caused’, ugg boots and rain, its a reminder of home.