Wednesday, December 23, 2020

About the Daily Mail


It feels as if a pattern is forming. Following on from recent posts (here and here) about Radio 4 programmes in which a state of not-knowing appears to be a desirable quality in presenters and/or guests, here’s yesterday’s Daily Mail. Rather than seeking to elucidate or evaluate complex restrictions for the benefit of its readers, the newspaper’s role now seems to be to share in their confusion, their ignorance, and even to make a virtue of it. And in this case, it’s about something rather more important than knowing a particular bit of violin music.

PS: Earlier thoughts about agnotology etc here and here.

1 comment:

Garth said...

The deliberate complexity of good old English Bureaucracy means nobody has to give a shit (Thankfully) - all performs as a blanket for the major financial crimes being enacted on the populace.