When I worked on the sites in London I used to shake my head in incredulity at the headlines in the tabloid press. The crass jingoism, chummy language, and the cunning commandeering of the man-in-the-street’s opinion were obvious to every hod carrier, even the Mayo ones. Crap like that would never go down in Ireland.
An English workmate explained that the Brits weren’t stupid, they would just buy the paper for a laugh to see what stupidity was in it that day. Most would buy two papers – one for the news and one for the tits and a laugh.
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More than a decade on, The Evening Herald doesn’t have tits in it to identify it as a rag. And the humour is usually unintentional. This is the paper that once had the front-page headline Man Almost Run Over by Tram. (It was the first week of the Luas.)
I have lived in several countries since, and gone through years when I knew as much about Ireland as I did about Jamaica. When I returned to Ireland it was a shock to see how bad the papers had become. I begin to see that if a person reads them long enough he becomes the sort of person they are addressed to.
Yesterday the headline was Squatters Demand €2 million of Taxpayers Money to Move On. That was about a traveller family that has been living undisturbed on a plot of land for over twenty years, and so have acquired rights to that land under Irish law. The article feeds into peoples’ prejudices that travellers have plenty of money, and that the government hands out money freely to lazy wasters. That second opinion is not actually native to Ireland: one should understand that the journalists have gotten their notion of the common man’s concerns not by talking to people in pubs, but by copying the style wholesale from the UK or USA models. That would explain the use of such words as “boffins” to mean scientists. I have never heard this word used in Ireland. Here is an analysis of Evening Herald of a few issues of the paper.
Today the headline is Hurricane Punches Charity Ref. I take this race to the bottom very seriously. Readers are being fed a diet of bullshit. I can’t say there’s any devious political motivation in the Evening Herald, not currently. But the populace is being led to a quagmire. There is no truth, just the opinions of different factions. The closest to truth is what the majority at a particular moment desire. The masses despise themselves yet exult in their own power. They become ready for harnassing by a tyrant.
Jedyna dobra strona gazety jest polski dodatek wydawany w srode.
I have no particular interest in journalism, but I bear witness here: this paper is SHIT.