‘Get me a murder a day’

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Where did it all begin?

Today, the media machine in Great Britain has a staple diet of Murder, sex and scandal. No news really is good news, as if you make the news, then something has gone wrong for you.

The pen is mightier than the sword

This most famous of quotes was penned in the 19th century by Edward-Bulwer Lytton.

Where did it all go wrong?

From my point of view, it was the studying of the subject and realising that most stories are written for the intended audience. They need to sensationalise and sell subscriptions. The freedom of the press is an illusion. We all know that papers lean towards an ideology, in order to sell their next copy. They need to plaster over the front of their pages stories that draw the reader in, as they are losing ground to the web.

Politics and the news

The start of the 20th century saw the arrival of the first, Press Baron. The realisation here is the more papers you purchase, the more power you have.

To conclude

The Golden age of journalism is dead. Most stories are written in favour of the newspapers political ideology. All you need to do is look at the headlines during the year leading up to the Brexit Vote. From blaming Europe for the poor weather to promoting betting odds on a leave vote.

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