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can find details of the box office of more recent movies at IMDb and Box
Office Mojo .
and newspapers measure their circulation (ie numbers of copies
sold). They are open about these figures - they have to be as these
are the numbers quoted to advertisers when negotiating the price of
the number of viewers and listeners for a TV/Radio programme or whole
station's output is a complex business. Generally, an audience research
agency (eg BARB) will select a sample of the population and monitor
their viewing and listening habits over the space of 7 days. The data
gained is then extrapolated to cover the whole population, based on
the percentage sample. It is by no means an accurate science and you
can find about some of the techniques used here .
The numbers obtained are known as the viewing figures or ratings .
Internet sites measure the hit rate of a page or site. Code
inserted into the site collects information on the number of visitors,
whether they are visiting for the first time or returning, and how many
other pages they visit within a site. This information is used to measure
the success of a site or page, and to calculate the rates charged for advertising.
A narrative is a device to recreate an experience -- either yours or an experience of someone you know. It's much like telling a story, only on paper. It's not simply recounting an incident; it involves setting up choices and a lesson learned. A good narrative is creative, moving, and rich in detail -- and here's how to write one that's just that.
PYRRHIC : In classical Greek or Latin poetry, this foot consists of two unaccented syllables--the opposite of a spondee . At best, a pyrrhic foot is an unusual aberration in English verse, and most prosodists (including me!) do not accept it as a foot at all because it contains no accented syllable. Normally, the context or prevailing iambs, trochees, or spondees in surrounding lines overwhelms any potential pyrrhic foot, and a speaker reading the foot aloud will tend artificially to stress either the first or last syllable. See meter for more information.