Sunday 23 September 2018

Multiplicity of media does not stop monopoly on meaning

Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

The coverage of the Drew Harris appointment taught us two media lessons.

First, a multiplicity of broadcasting outlets means nothing if both RTE and Virgin Media News create a monopoly of meaning by singing from the same hymn sheet.

Second, that the print media are less susceptible to what Lenin used to call "excitative terror", the tendency of extremists to work up the public with conspiracy campaigns.

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