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Media Fatigue

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard plenty of people moaning about the Royal Wedding, customers, staff, the teller at the local bank, family – pretty much everyone said they were heartily sick of it and couldn’t wait for it to be over. It dominated every Newspaper, and every TV newscast.

And then today no-one could think of anything else. Our town (and probably every other town across the United Kingdom) was completely dead as everyone gathered around the TV or headed into London, where more than a million people congregated. And later, as people began trickling into the shop, the only topic of the conversation was the Wedding, Will and Kate, and variations thereof.

The fatigue wasn’t with the royals or the wedding itself, but with the media coverage leading up to it.

I think Toby Young sums up why the wedding proved so popular:

The most striking thing about the crowds on occasions like this is the extraordinary bonhomie, the good will – the kind of mood you’d expect to encounter at a family gathering. It’s as if people are celebrating the wedding of one of their own, rather than some distant, aloof figure. My late father, Michael Young, co-authored an essay about the Coronation for Sociology Review with Edward Shils and they were both struck by the intimacy and affection that seemed to begin with the Royal family and then spread from them to encompass the whole nation. “On this occasion one family was knit together with another in one great national family through identification with the monarchy,” they wrote. “A general warmth and congeniality permeated relations even with strangers.”

Nanaimo and Cowichan hit by significant global warming

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

When I was growing up, I only recall one instance when the temperature dropped significantly below freezing. And it certainly wasn’t in November.

On women in pantsuits

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I detest the sight of women wearing pantsuits. On the other hand, I hear that some men find it sexy…

There’s no accounting for some peoples’ taste.

Now that’s what I call star power.

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

The Telegraph (which already has the best collection of bloggers of any major media outlet) has just recruited Norman Tebbit, a former Tory cabinet minister – and keeper of the Thatcherite Flame – to blog for it.

Anyone who gets over three hundred comments on his very first blog post has got real drawing power. I’d say that that this is a bit of a coup for the Telegraph.

A Klass Act

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I long ago ceased to be amazed at the utter uselessness of the police in this country. Apparently they’ve decided to respond to my cynicism by plumbing new depths of asshattery.

I’m guessing from her response that Miss Klass won’t be calling them the next time someone decides to trespass on her property. You go girl!



UPDATE This sums our predicament up nicely:

And if the cops do show up, just remember that your statement is not about speaking truth from a position of innocence, it is about not giving the state any pretext to arrest you. Stay nothing about what happened until your lawyer arrives.

Just remember that arresting you for daring to defend yourself is easier than looking for some criminal who attacked you because the police know where you live and getting any arrest shows up as a positive result in their statistics. Ideally just defend yourself and do not call them at all afterwards.

Yup, pretty much says it all.