Thursday, March 19, 2009

Won't Someone Think Of The Children... Oh Wait, They're Eighteen Now.

If anyone reading this isn't aware of the whole Dunblane/Express thing, it might be worth heading over to Graham Linehan's blog to catch up on it all, and see what you can do about it.

I'm pleased the growing hate campaign against Paula Murray (the journalist who wrote the original piece) seems to have nipped in the bud though, because, satisying though it probably seemed to those engaged in it, she's really a symptom rather than a cause. There are dozens of Paula Murrays out there, and I think it's probably going to be far more productive to go after those people a level or two up - the editors and owners of the tabloids who have got far too used to being able to casually ruin peoples' lives without ever having to think of the consequences. Signing an online petition, or joining a Facebook Protest Group might not seem like much of a solution, and on their own, they aren't, but when those numbers really start to grow, and people start to co-ordinate their efforts in a way that have previously only been utilised by religious bigots and the tabloids themselves, this might be the start of something interesting.


Tim Footman said...

According to the editor, it's not his fault, it's the "mass bloggers" who are creating such a fuss.

What is a "mass blogger"? Is it one who eats too many pies. I am confused.

james henry said...

I prefer the term 'frenzied mob' myself.