Sunday, 10 July 2011

Bottom of the swill-bucket

While I join the chorus saying good riddance to the News of the World following its criminal and appalling phone hacking activities, and direct attention to the evidently Watergate-like complicity of establishment politicians towards it, Rupert Murdoch's oligarchy is far from defeated.

Quoting Orwell is the NOTW's final act of hypocritical ignorance and stupidity. I doubt they would do so in wry irony. I'm certain Orwell would have resented and actively fought against the corporate tyranny of the Murdoch Empire, and the fascistic propaganda of its rags. The idiocy and repulsive bigotry of Britain's tabloids (and The Daily Mail) embody two conceptual terms from his 1984: prolefeed and  Two Minutes' Hate.

I believe this quote from Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying would have been more appropriate: "They had their cynical code worked out. The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket."

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