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Quote of the Day II

“Whatever the case, the last laugh has been his. Murdoch knows something that his assailants will seldom concede, and that renders Murdoch's wings clippedtheir call for radical change, in the rapport between governance and the media, both tardy and redundant. The change has already happened; culture, media, and sport are not in Murdoch’s pocket, but the British, not least in their yen to watch soccer and cricket on Sky, have reached into their pockets and paid for his feast of wares. The country is in uproar just now, but outrage en masse functions like outrage in private: we reserve our deepest wrath not for the threat from without, which we fail to comprehend, but for forces with which we have been complicit. The British press has long revelled in the raucous and the irresponsible; that was part of its verve, and it was Murdoch’s genius, and also the cause of his current woes, to recognize those tendencies, bring the revelry to a head, and give the people what they asked for. He reminded them of themselves.”

--from “Hack Work: A tabloid culture runs amok” by Anthony Lane in the latest New Yorker, reflecting my own point-of-view (both here and here) on the whole sordid matter.


Posted at 06:25 PM on Thu. Jul 28, 2011 in category Media  
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