BBC criticised over Hallowe’en coverage [via the BBC]
British Christian groups are attacking what they say is the BBC’s inappropriate level of coverage of paganism and a drop in Christian-oriented programming. Critics cite specifically a recent program covering a coven’s Samhain celebrations in light of the government’s recent decision to officially grant religious status to the Druid Network. “I understand the BBC might choose to concentrate on something for one day, but I consider it to be symptomatic of a much bigger problem across the BBC,” Mike Judge, spokesman for the Christian Institute, said. “They down-play Christianity and up-play paganism which is unreflective of British society. It does create an atmosphere where it’s OK to marginalise Christians.”
4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case [via The New York Times]
Justice Paul Wooten of New York’s Supreme Court ruled last week that a 4-year-old girl who two years ago was racing her bike down a Manhattan sidewalk and allegedly struck and knocked down an 87-year-old woman can in fact be sued for negligence — although her parents are the liable party. The woman, Claire Menagh, suffered a hip fracture and underwent surgery, dying three months after the incident of unrelated causes. Courts have previously ruled that children under the age of four are incapable of negligence, but Wooten held this did not apply to the girl because she was four years of age.
Beyond ABCs of Lady Gaga to the Sociology of Fame [via The New York Times]
The University of South Carolina will offer a class on Lady Gaga in the spring which the professor hopes will move past superficial examinations of the pop singer and reach deeper issues about sociology and fame. “The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga,” professor Mathieu Deflem said. “I will get the word out to her that I’m doing the course, but it might be logistically too difficult for her to come.”