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Saturday, 3 December 2016

We don’t need the BBC...



...but not everyone knows it yet. Newspapers are struggling too. The Guardian is reduced to waving the begging bowl.

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Oh dear what a pity never mind moving on. 

Online life has been fascinating for a few years now. We are witnessing a huge change in the way ordinary people get their information about the outside world. Not so long ago here in the UK it was.

TV
Newspapers
Magazines
Radio
Books

All were controlled by a few big players with the BBC leading the pack. Broadsheets told us what was what and did not tell what they thought we should not know. That was the situation for most of my life. If I hungered after deeper knowledge or a contrarian point of view I had to hunt it down and that was time-consuming and often difficult and unsatisfactory.

As we know, this cosy arrangement has now changed dramatically and the change has still to work itself out. Or not - governments still seem to prefer the old ways and appear keen to bring them back.

However, in 2016 two events in particular have given us signs of a new future, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. It may be a simplification to say so, but both events were neither desired nor supported by mainstream media. Yet they happened and that must be significant. Mainstream media support was not essential which presumably means it is destined to become even less essential.

To my mind the tabloids are adapting to the loss of status more effectively than the old broadsheets. The Telegraph, Guardian and Independent are not worth reading and the BBC is a joke, but the Mail, Mirror and Sun can be surprisingly punchy and relevant when they stop obsessing about tits, bums and celebrities for a moment.

4 comments:

Michael said...

I wanted some info on an issue; the Daily Star came up with a rational and perceptive answer in just a few paragraphs!

Maybe the red tops are cleverer than the big-hearts; Hi de Hi!

James Higham said...

T, G and I worth reading? Maybe the Telegraph ... a bit.

Demetrius said...

Also the big media people do not like those of us who use adblocker on our machines. The result is now I do not bother with these sources, there is ample enough out there if you know where to look and as for their opinion and comment so what? But I do miss the obituaries.

A K Haart said...

Scrobs - they don't mess around with long-winded guff do they?

James - Booker is good but tends to tell us what we already know. He tells it well though.

Demetrius - "as for their opinion and comment so what?" That's it, there is better to be had elsewhere.