“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
‘When did advertising become so banal ?’ asks Dan Hitchens in The Spectator. Perhaps when it became ubiquitous, and when it also became impossible to separate legitimate journalism from emotion-driven virtue signalling. That is to say, before the rise of the smartphone and social media – trends coincident with the torturous death rattle of the mainstream news media.
Once upon a time, mainstream journalism could be counted on at least to deliver some semblance of balance. Now, the merest pretence of objectivity has been put to the sword. Engaged in constant battle for an audience fragmenting in real time, ‘conventional’ news providers have circled their wagons around partisanship. It was for this reason that we launched a petition to revoke the BBC’s Royal Charter – because BBC News is no longer able or willing to provide even vaguely impartial reportage on the politics of the day. Watch any Brexit bulletin, or any part of the grotesque coverage of the Kavanaugh nomination for the US Supreme Court, if you don’t believe us.