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21 JULY 2013

Alas Smith and Jones: famous parody of cliched character archetypes

Fig.1 "Nazi Generals" sketch from Series 5 Episode 5 of Alas Smith & Jones [http://epguides.com/AlasSmithandJones/].

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1980s1989 • Alas Smith and Jones • Andy Hamilton • archetypal charactersBBCBritish comedycharacter archetypecharacter oversimplification • Chris Langham • cliche • Clive Anderson • Colin Bostock-Smith • comedycomedy series • Griff Rhys Jones • hackneyedhumour • Mel Smith • military leaderNazi • Not the Nine OClock News • parodysketch comedystereotypes • Talkback Productions • television series • trite

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Simon Perkins
11 MAY 2011

That Mitchell and Webb: we want your ad-hoc reckon

"What do you think about this issue? Do you have any thoughts? What are those thoughts? Will you tell us them? Any thoughts at all will do. If you have em –we want to hear them. Are you personally affected by this issue then email us or if you're not affected by this issue can you imagine what it would be like if you were? ..."

(BBC Two, UK)

That Mitchell and Webb Site "We want your Ad–hoc 'reckon'" Series Two, Episode Five

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absurdityad-hoc • ad-hoc reckoning • agencybanalityBBC2British comedycomedy • David Mitchell • opinionparodyprejudicereckon • Robert Webb • sketch comedysocial media • That Mitchell and Webb Look • That Mitchell and Webb Sound • tv newsuninformed opinionunqualified opinionuser-generateduser-generated contentwhat I reckon

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Simon Perkins
03 DECEMBER 2003

Official Forms: The Misconception of Data Abstraction

Jane Christie (Gina Bellman), a character in the British comedy series Coupling complains about the inadequacy of official forms. She feels that they prejudice her by not allowing her to fully elaborate on her circumstances – especially when it comes to describing her marital status. She desperately wishes to be married and finds it humiliating to be single.

This example quite humorously highlights the problem of quantifying non–metric data. Official forms like the ones being described here suffer from the misconception that everyday experience can be meaningfully abstracted (and analysed).

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abstractionBritish comedycomedy series • Coupling • data abstraction • Gina Bellman • inadequate • Jane Christie • married • metric • misrepresentation • official forms • prejudiceUK
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