11 May '12, 12pm

Linked to this before, but seems topical again. Why is nobody blaming the tabloid reader? #leveson

For any aficionado of the more bizarre digressions of politics and the media, it seems churlish to complain about the board of fare offered by the Leveson Inquiry. Lord Leveson’s investigation into the British press, prompted by recent revelations of endemic phone-hacking by at least one British tabloid, has been by turns grotesque and hilarious. However, while the testimony of assorted film stars, political operatives, relatives of murder victims and journalists has indeed been absorbing, it feels like one significant figure in the case – indeed, arguably the most significant figure – has not been subjected to proper examination: the tabloid reader. Newspapers only succeed by servicing the aspirations, fears and interests of their audience. If a large proportion of the British press is filled with inane gossip, prurient outrage, baseless scaremongering and vacuous PR-...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2011/12/09/the-leveson-...

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