Don’t some people have better things to do with their time?

July 2nd, 2008 at 8:51 am by David Farrar

The Press Council has rejected a complaint about the NZ Herald regarding the term “puzzle mania”:

The has not upheld a complaint by regarding the use of the word mania in a billboard publicising the feature insert Puzzle Mania in the Herald of May 19.

The billboard read Inside today Puzzle Mania.

Mr Wright advised he was a barrister who did a lot of work in the mental health area in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He had seen first-hand the horrific and gut-wrenching effects caused by mania, hypermania and depression.

He took grave exception to the Herald’s use of both the word and a psychiatric condition to sell newspapers.

He thought the Herald should apologise to all mental health sufferers and consumers and be forced to make a significant donation to a trust of which he was an adviser.

Really some people are far far too sensitive.

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9 Responses to “Don’t some people have better things to do with their time?”

  1. Bryan Spondre (556 comments) says:

    too sensitive or opportunistic ?

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  2. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    my thoughts exactly Brian. A lefty looking to make a name for himself in NZ and perhaps take a multinational news paper to court…

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  3. paradigm (452 comments) says:

    This sort of attitude actually contributes to much of the “mania” he is alledgedly concerned about: it teaches people to take offense at anything, regardless of how minor it may be. It would be far more constructive for him to underscore the importance of not becomming obsessed or irritated at all things minor and unintentional.

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  4. bearhunter (853 comments) says:

    What a cock. It’s true what they say, you know – it’s just 99 per cent of lawyers who give the rest a bad name.
    And how dare he pick on Puzzle Mania – apart from Saturday’s Kropotkin crossword it’s the only thing that makes the Granny Herald worth buying.

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  5. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Is there no end to the wicked schemes of the left expat?! Someone sold my dog drugs the other day – I think we know where THAT person is on the political spectrum…

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  6. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Thumbs up bearhunter. Er, why do people call it ‘Granny’?

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  7. bearhunter (853 comments) says:

    I imagine because it is old, grey, toothless and not very exciting. It has all the sense of adventure of a maiden auntie – just read John Roughan for proof.

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  8. MacDoctor (63 comments) says:

    Mania
    • an excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession : he had a mania for automobiles. (Webster)

    So now we are not allowed to use words in their correct dictionary context? Double plus ungood.

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  9. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    I intend to lay a complaint with the Press Council against Philip Wright for laying a complaint with the Press Council.

    My grounds will be that Mr Wrights laying a complaint has bought about a return of my ARDD

    Anal Rentention Disfunction Disorder

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