Antony Kastrinakis Goes Missing! (and Untold Media Watch Update)
As a follow-up to my last article, Antony Kastrinakis: defacing the Arsenal, in which I detailed the exploits of a certain Arsenal-hating journalist employed by the Sun, who publishes under the name of “Antony Kastrinakis,” I thought I would give you all a little update on Mr. Kastrinakis’ reporting (or lack thereof) since the time the article was published.
Just in way of background, in my last article, I detailed certain, abrupt changes in the VOLUME of Mr. Kastrinakis’ Arsenal coverage as a percentage of his total coverage. Specifically, I found that, in 2008, Mr. Kastrinakis’ Arsenal coverage constituted approximately 15% of his total coverage, but by the end of 2009, this volume had jumped to approximately 50% of total coverage.
Moving on to recent months, I documented another sudden and abrupt change in the volume of Mr. Kastrinakis’ Arsenal coverage:
“beginning on 28 June, 2011, Mr. Kastrinakis’ coverage of Arsenal made yet another sudden jump from approximately 50% of total coverage, to ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of total coverage. Just to repeat for emphasis: ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF TOTAL coverage. In other words, beginning on 28, June, 2011, Mr. Kastrinakis has not written one, single article about any club other than Arsenal. (Full data set: 2011: 6/28-7/16: Total articles: 21; Ars 21).”
The overall number of articles written by Antony Kastrinakis in this time period is quite staggering. Between 28 June, 2011, and 16 July, 2011, a period of only 19 days, Mr. Kastrinakis published a total of TWENTY-ONE articles, all of them about Arsenal. And since the time period covered in my article, Mr. Kastrinakis published one additional article about Arsenal on 18 July, 2011.
However, having continued to monitor Mr. Kastrinakis’ Arsenal coverage since that time, I am very pleased to bring you news of yet another sudden and abrupt change in the volume of Mr. Kastrinakis’ Arsenal coverage that has occurred since then. Specifically, ever since 18 July, 2011, Mr. Kastrinakis’ Arsenal coverage has suddenly dropped from 100% of total coverage, to zero percent of total coverage.
That’s right. Zero percent. Starting on 19 July, 2011, Mr. Kastrinakis has not published any articles about Arsenal. In fact, he hasn’t published any articles at all. As the archives of both journalisted.com and the Sun reveal, it appears that Antony Kastrinakis has been completely MIA since his last article was published on 18 July, 2011:
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With that in mind, we here at Untold Media Watch would like to express our best wishes to Mr. Kastrinakis on his extended vacation, and our sincere hope that he is enjoying himself. After all, his months of relentless Arsenal-bashing must certainly have required a great deal of hard work, and the sacrifice of many hours of time. In light of these facts, we believe that Mr. Kastrinakis’ current vacation is most well-deserved, and we would encourage him to stay there for as long as possible.
In the meantime, we’ll be keeping an eye on Sun reporters Paul Jiggins and Charlie Wyatt, who appear to have taken over the Arsenal beat in Mr. Kastrinakis’ absence. And on that note:
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: When the season begins, Untold Media Watch will begin publishing weekly updates on the media’s coverage of Arsenal, and we are currently looking for volunteers to help us do research.
Specifically, each of us will be in charge of covering one particular media outlet, and following each match, we will be characterizing the game-coverage (pre- and post- match) along these lines:
(a) describe or characterize coverage [pro-, anti-, mixed]
(b) note any patterns [e.g. talking points, repeat themes, recurring themes] that characterize coach and team
(c) note any comparisons (or not) to Walter’s post-match review [is there mention and if so, what mention of any key calls, non-calls, penalties, turning points].
This research will then be submitted to me, and I will be compiling it into a weekly match digest (much thanks to Bob for developing this organizational framework).
The more help we can get on this, the better our coverage will be. So, if this is something that you feel like you might be able to help us with, I would REALLY like to hear from you. If you’re interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.