Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The most dangerous drug

Charlie Brooker in the Grauniad writes "The most dangerous drug isn't meow meow. It isn't even alcohol ..."

In its purest form, a newspaper consists of a collection of facts which, in controlled circumstances, can actively improve knowledge. Unfortunately, facts are expensive, so to save costs and drive up sales, unscrupulous dealers often "cut" the basic contents with cheaper material, such as wild opinion, bullshit, empty hysteria, reheated press releases, advertorial padding and photographs of Lady Gaga with her bum hanging out. The hapless user has little or no concept of the toxicity of the end product: they digest the contents in good faith, only to pay the price later when they find themselves raging incoherently in pubs, or – increasingly – on internet messageboards.

1 comment:

WAKE UP said...

Point well made Sagz - except that I like to think that some of us rage COHERENTLY on the blogs :)