The popular press

Not a lot impresses me about the popular press, too much emphasis is placed on celebrity and not enough on the world at large. Reporters are comfy with chasing down a celebrity in Covent garden [3] rather than going out to places like Africa where real tragedy happens on a daily basis.

Two events this weekend highlight that. Firstly Red Nose Day [1] is a fund raising event for those that need it most in England and Africa. It was great and raised the most it has ever done. However now that its all over the paper and magazines have quickly resumed their hour by hour cover of Jade Goody's death [2].

While Mrs Goody's illness is tragic, I would say that the reporting of it has sickened me. Not because they shouldn't but because most of the press only report on tragedy if its a celebrity.

As if to say that life is only meaningful if you are famous...


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