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Sadistic Voyeurism As The Root Of Contemporary Media Business

Or…why have the world media embraced catastrophic AGW so enthusiastically…

Just try to listen to commentator/columnist/political journalist Tory MP Matthew Parris in a short interview on BBC’s Sunday radio programme “Broadcasting House” (3 May: it should still be available as a podcast)

I feel pulled in two directions“, Parris declares . “Bad news, sensational events, apocalypses are good for [media] business“.

Of course he acknowledges that “it can’t in any long term way be in my interest that these things go on“, yet he experiences “little thrills when things go catastrophically wrong” because “there is a column in it“.

Little thrills? Little thrills???

Isn’t that a bit sick? No, apparently, because “every age enjoying some kind of prosperity, as until recently we did, has the feeling that it cannot last, and looks for the vengeance, the retribution, the nemesis after the hubris. They are half wanting to happen” because “they cannot believe their own luck“.

Parris concludes that he never believes he is going to be among the victims.

What can one reply to the above with? Perhaps with a big thank you to Parris, as he has just provided the best argument against putting any trust in old-fashioned newsmedia whenever there is any hint of a potential future catastrophe.

Independent bloggers of the world rejoice!

  1. Douglas Hoyt
    2009/05/19 at 22:36

    Off topic, but some sadistic effects of windmills are reported on at http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=104717&catid=2

  2. 2009/05/18 at 13:01

    If bad news is good for the media business the that explains why the following stories have been overblown:-

    1. Bird Flu
    2. Swine Flu
    3. Banking crisis

    But which indepenendent bloggers can we trust to report accurately and impartially? It’s not just money that motivates people.


  3. 2009/05/14 at 03:40

    The metal band “Disturbed” has a song on their “The Sickness” album called “Fear”. This is AGW in the media – Fear created by the Disturbed in their Sickness for the benefit of selling a column.

  1. 2009/05/13 at 22:24

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