Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Dad-of-two saves Britain from invasion.
Not what we would expect from a history book, or a serious article. But exactly what we get from the media. Why? Why is the media so obsessed with reporting trivial details of people's lives. In Today's Manchester Evening News we learn that a man who trained fighting dogs is not just "Barbaric" he is a "Barbaric dad-of-two".In the same edition we learn of a "dad of ten" accused of sex attacks (wonder where he gets the energy?) A heart-warming report of local binmen is spoiled by the superfluous information that the elderly lady they helped is a "Gran-of-four". Finally we learn of a dad-of-two accused of offering a cash reward for the beheading of those responsible for robbing a mosque in Oldham.
Now call me old fashioned, but if someone within easy traveling distance of my house is offering cash for beheading someone I am more interested in knowing what they look like and where they live than knowing how many offspring they have!
So, why do it? On explanation is laziness. Fill up the page with waffle so that it looks impressive. Another is that a "Family person" gets more sympathy. Or is expected to behave better once they have a young life to look after. It is a lazy method of writing. It is also somewhat intimidating. The unspoken hint that if you "get in the papers" your family will similarly appear, and not always in a favorable light.
And I have not even begun to comment on the obsession with printing the age of the person being interviewed....
"46 year old father of two Arthur, who has been Duke for two years now....."
What do others think???