Friday, 5 February 2010

and while we're on the subject of the dirty media

I do not think the subject of the destruction of human life and happiness by the lying filth who pass themselves off as journalists (eh, Mr Murrill of the Reading Evening Post?) has been better written about than here by the late Heinrich Boll, which I have just read in English translation on the recommendation of a colleague who is a German scholar. Although my progress in German has not been very fast lately I have made a pledge to myself to have read it in German by this time next year. The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum was published in 1975. Not much published then stands up to today's reading. Hein?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

So newspapers say nasty things about people but so do bloggers. What point are you trying to make?

Anonymous said...

The Lost Honour is a tremendous book - read it circa 1980 - have not yet come across anyone who has read it.

jane said...

anon 1138 (sigh) what a blogger says is that person's opinion and is worth precisely as much as the opinion of anyone else. newspapers are there to provide news, and if they report something as fact then it should be fact, not a lie. newspapers are in the market place, they sell advertising and they sometimes are sold for money too, real bloggers have no paymasters. it is bizarre to compare bloggers with journalists, as is often done - what point are you trying to make in doing so?

Anonymous said...

So it's all right for bloggers to lie, but not newspapers?

jane said...

don't be silly, it's not all right for anyone to lie, though of course people do. I was just saying that comparing bloggers with people who write for newspapers is nonsense - they do a different thing.