• Future historians will note that in Ireland in the early 2000s the words 'the media' (meaning the Dublin mass media) began to be used as a singular noun. This was because these media all took the same line on public issues, spoke as a single, battering voice.
The media, plural, and characteristic of a proper liberal democracy, was replaced by 'mass media' engaged in the same advocacies and witch hunts -- as in a totalitarian state.
People who had lived in Communist Moscow, Bucharest or East Berlin felt at home. People who had known, in Ireland or elsewhere, the cut and thrust of divergent and contrasting mass media felt stifled.