Saturday, January 28, 2012

Not really ...

... zmkc: In Praise of Censorship.

And then I thought, 'Do newspapers and reporters ever ask themselves what good it actually does, when they decide to tell us many of the things that they do decide to tell us, usually without ever being asked to tell us?' Do they wonder to themselves about what exact important purpose is served by providing us with all the prurient details of individual acts of gory madness?'

The post is not really about censorship, but about prudence and taste. And no, newspapers and reporters don't really ask such questions. You print what you think people want to read. And sensationalism has a wide appeal.

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