Media Madness

As the world goes on a twitter and MSM frenzy over two Australian DJ’s, a hoax call and a dead nurse (why was she on switchboard duty anyway, don’t we have proper jobs for them to do?) I suspect that a lot of bad news is being gratefully swept under the carpet government style as it was with the Savile case. There appear to have been a lot of good days to bury bad news recently. Not that this will come as any sort of comfort to the parents of Jacintha Saldanha who fell for the hoax and deserve some sympathy for their loss, but I do wonder how the hospital and the media + twitterati’s pressure in keeping the case in the news led to her state of despair.

You see, it was a joke, yes a joke in bad taste, but still a joke, frankly I’ve heard of worse prank calls, listened to the odd few on local radio. But this one involved a ‘royal’ so we have massive media exposure and someone who made a mistake died as a consequence. However this is a godsend to the people pushing the Leveson recommendations to control the media ever more closely with draconian laws designed to keep the truth (along with other activities) away from the general public.


New laws may be needed to ‘civilise the internet’, protect private lives and prevent ‘mob rule’, Lord Justice Leveson has suggested.
The judge, speaking in public for the first time since his 2,000-page report into the Press was published, launched a broadside against the prospect of people facing ‘trial by Twitter’.
Critics have suggested that the Leveson report’s recommendations risk shackling a shrinking print media while doing nothing to address a ‘Wild West’ online culture in which innocent people’s reputations are trashed every day.

I suppose the question that should be asked is who decides who is innocent? After all, such controls as posited by Leveson would also protect the guilty too. It’s all about control, there have been any number of recent cases where the idiots of the ever repeating meme have fallen foul of those who believe silence is golden. What Leveson appears to be proposing though is some form of gossip regulation where speculation and rumour will be subject to ever tighter control. Anyone here willing to bet that any such legislation (and good luck trying to control the internet of the world) will immediately suffer from ‘mission creep’ after all, that’s what happened with RIPA, indeed has happened with a few laws supposed to protect the rest of us from all sorts of dangers yet have been used to control us instead.

In the end, regulation will only be used to protect the ‘guilty’ not the innocent, it’s how these people who legislate minds work. They don’t really care about the likes of Jacintha Saldanha, all they want to do is keep their foibles out of the public view. So they’ll use the likes of the crass twitterati to justify their legislation, if it wasn’t Jacintha Saldanha it would have been someone else eh Lord McAlpine?

8 comments for “Media Madness

  1. Greg Tingey
    December 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    But this sort of toal shit behaviour by a compeltely irresponsible press, acting with no thought wahtsoever for the actions they take, and that those actions might have consequenxes …..
    Strngthens the hand of those who want statutory press regulation.
    How stupid can you get?
    Judging by this aussie pair, very, very, terminally stupid indeed.

    • December 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      ..Judging by this aussie pair, very, very, terminally stupid indeed.

      However, has anyone stopped to think that this aussie pair were following an agreed script for their show, just as Schofield was for his staged ‘ambush’ of Cameron, so this must have been agreed beforehand and sanctioned by the Radio bosses.

      Timing as they say is everything, and its suspicious to say the least that the timing coincided with the arrival of Leveson in Australia to begin his lecture tour and briefing of the Auzzie Govt of his report.

      I’m not sure that the consequences were foreseen, and as yet there is no conclusive proof that this poor woman’s suicide was as a direct result of that hoax call.

      I have stopped taking things at face value, because we know more often than not they are just a distraction. Again, I smell a problem/reaction/solution exercise.

  2. meltemian
    December 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I do not believe the hoax call had more than a minor role to play in this poor woman’s suicide.
    There has to be more to it than that. She was living in hospital accommodation but her actual family home was in Bristol according to reports. Probably no-one will ever know her reasons.

    • December 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      I’m inclined to agree. Suicide in such circumstances is pretty extreme.

    • Greg Tingey
      December 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

      They then tweeted (or something) “more revelations to come!” THEN she killed herself.

      I’m very glad to see that Scotland Yard are making enquiries, since their (journos’) actions amount to serious criminal harassment.

    • December 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

      We are in uncharted territory as far as the ability of rumour to outrun truth is concerned.

      Where once a lapse of this kind would have been a nine days wonder in a certain sector of the press, it is now fuel for public debate and judgement on an unprecedented scale; via twitter and the internet, everyone can have their say.

      And should the object of their critical comments be unable to resist reading them – as might well be the case for someone living away from home – then it is surely possible that the sense of pressure might become overwhelming.

  3. Tatty
    December 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I think the media had much less of a role than the people in her immediate vicinity.

    We’ll never know precisely how she was disciplined by her employers, treated by her immediate superiors nor content of gossip and the behaviour of people she worked with afterwards. Not to mention the attitude and behaviour of patients she cared for or their visitors.

    If all around you that make up your daily familair and regular routine appear to have turned against you this is instantaneous and incredible pressure that can make suicide an attractive option.

    RIP. Poor poor woman. It just wasn’t worth it.

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    December 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    XX However this is a godsend to the people pushing the Leveson recommendations to control the media ever more closely with draconian laws designed to keep the truth (along with other activities) away from the general public.XX

    Which is why you have to ask, “DID it REALLY happen, or was it a scam dreamed up by the propoganda ministry?”

    Would YOU put it past them?

    (Before answering, remember two words “Reichstag fire”).

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