Murdoch & Potter
Nice to see the Murdoch empire caught out by one of its own moral panic techniques. Or is it. Are we happy to believe that the systematic abuse, via information technology, of the families of brave soldier lads and innocent dead girls is limited to the News of the World ? Or tabloid newspapers ? Or newspapers ? Or news media ? The problem isn’t the particular case (or the abuse, or the abuse of information technology): it’s the culture of psychodrama & fictionalisation underlying not just the news but every large scale public interaction in the UK. The outcome of this will be as much an emotional manipulation as the ones (murdered girl! fallen soldier!) that began it. Evil editor! Thrown to the wolves! No structural change! Business as usual. Which seven things in Harry Potter do you wish were true ?