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EMPTY WORDS FILL PAPERS

“Of course there’s a lot of bad writing on the web, but there’s a lot of very good writing too. There’s just more writing at all levels of quality”. 

This sentence is from an article in The Guardian about whether the  internet is debasing language.

I wish I could get paid for writing such platitudes.

When it comes to lowering standards of writing, journalists for the ‘smart papers’  are probably the guiltiest.

You get the distinct impression that many opinion pieces are written to order without true feelings or passion behind them. The authors sit benignly on the fence seeing both sides of an argument without being too bothered which is right.

If they were writing about music, they could use the above lines as a template:  “Of course there’s a lot of bad music around, but there’s a lot of very good music too. There’s just more music at all levels of quality”.

If the subject was sociology, they  might argue : “Of course there’s a lot of violence in the world, but there’s a lot of loving awareness too. There are just more feelings of all kinds”.

A piece about nutrition could observe that:  “Of course there’s a lot of obesity in the world, but there are plenty of skinny people too. There are just more bodies of all shapes”.

These are words to fill the pages and deaden the brain.

The acceptable face of journalism : Steve Coogan being interviewed by The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger

“It’s all about being decent” is the line that sums up Steve Coogan’s arguments against the way the press abused their powers and intruded on his privacy.

He has been at the forefront of the campaign to expose the dirty tactics in the UK media and one of the victims of the phone hacking scandal currently being investigated by The Leveson Inquiry.

In a video interview with The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, he looks nervous and uncomfortable but pumped up too. He’s among those who is mad as hell at the and is not prepared  take it anymore.

Coogan constantly states that he is happy to be judged by his work as a popular/populist entertainer but does not accept that being in the public eye means his every move and mistake should be publicly scrutinised. Continue reading

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