Website Of The Week Website of the week

Nightclubbing

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7313.640a (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:640
  1. Rhona MacDonald (rmacdonald{at}bmj.com)
  1. BMJ

    A paper in this week's BMJ (p 603) describes how analysing the contents of a nightclub's “amnesty bin” can alert health professionals to the compounds that the clubbers are taking. Websites on clubbing generally do not portray young people in a great light. One that I visited offered the opportunity to humiliate your best friend by having a picture of them before a night's clubbing and then a picture of them as a drug crazed, sweaty wreck afterwards (www.birminghamclubbing.co.uk/tragic.htm).

    However, one site has sunk so low that it perhaps deserves to be mentioned here as deception of the week rather than as website of the week. citygobo.com describes itself as an “interactive nightlife guide to clubbing, drinking, eating and events.” Currently featuring cities in Belgium and Poland, it offers information to young consumers about “what's hot.” But according to a report in the Independent on Sunday (9 September), citygobo.com was created by British American Tobacco (BAT), the world's second largest tobacco company, at an initial cost of £2.5m to attract young people into clubs that promote its cigarette brands. The website's domain name is registered to CG Ventures, which is a subsidiary of BAT, although the site does not mention BAT and claims to give independent advice. Not surprisingly, the site has provoked an outcry, particularly from ASH (http://www.ash.org.uk/), whose spokesman John Connolly has called it “plain deceitful.” However, a BAT spokeswoman told the Independent on Sunday that citygobo was “simply a nightlife site” which aimed “to create the best web based nightlife guide available.” Hmmm!

    There is some good news, however. Oxfam Slam is being repeated in October (www.oxfam.org.uk/slam/index.html). Over the past two years more than 34 000 clubbers have happily parted with an extra £1 for Oxfam when out partying on Slam night. Who says that the youth of today don't care?