A new BBC poll highlights that a lot of people are switching off their TV sets and turning to the web for news and entertainment. And of course a lot of the news now consumed on the web is user-derived, blog-based Web 2.0 loveliness. An increasingly sceptical audience refuses to listen to the vacuous sound-bite news served up by the BBC and other official channels, instead opting for gritty, coalface reporting by people who might not be able to speak clearly, spell or punctuate but sure aren't in the pay of shadowy corporate and/or government agencies who have all professional editors in their pockets. So, given all the above, Sneak does wonder. Why are we still suckered by the official weather forecast? Why is the wisdom of crowds not being applied to this vital thread of day-to-day information. Sneak demands open-source weather forecasting now, free of the cold fronts, frost, high winds, flooding and hail that the Met Office is only too willing to serve up on the orders of its government paymasters.
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