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Ian O'Doherty: End this hysteria – just blame the bullies instead

Published 15/11/2013 | 21:30

Jumping on the bandwagon: Corrie's cyber-bullying storyline is a cynical ratings ploy
Jumping on the bandwagon: Corrie's cyber-bullying storyline is a cynical ratings ploy

So, Corrie's descent into tedious 'social issues' continues unabated. Their latest storyline, which seems designed merely to give them an excuse to run an ad for a helpline over the credits, sees two of the young teenage characters, Faye and Grace, embark on a cyber-bullying spree.

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It's the latest example of the hot-button issue of the year hitting the zeitgeist. Or, if you look at things another way, it's the soap cynically hopping on to the latest bandwagon and using it for ratings. In reality, it's both.

Everybody – and I mean, everybody – needs to take a step back from this cultural maelstrom and try to suck on some common sense.

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