The media’s pornographic use of murder for hits is astoundingly pathetic

Yesterday, two journalists were shot dead in cold blood, live on American television. Later, the gunman posted a point-of-view video of the shooting, in which the gun can be seen in his hand as he kills Alison Parker and Adam Ward, both Virginia journalists in their twenties.

This, just the latest in a somehow bottomless pit of horrific, tragic shootings in the United States, had an added abhorrence. News outlets have repeatedly thrust such stories in our faces; from unarmed black men shot in the street by police officers, to classrooms full of infant-school children and church-fuls of people shot mercilessly by roving gunmen.

But something about this is different.

This tragedy seems almost perfectly calibrated to appeal to all the worst instincts of the 21st-century mainstream media.

And they fell for it.

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Vapid lifestyle bloggers must be the first to go in the Communist Revolution

The day you stumble upon the intricate, twisted, labyrinthine world of lifestyle bloggers is a dark day indeed. There I was, minding my own business, sitting in my dressing gown with a cup of coffee in one hand and the latest copy of the nation’s bastion of middle-class cosiness The Guardian in the other, when suddenly someone sent me a link to a lifestyle blog entitled ‘See the Sparkle’.

The blogger behind it is, as her ‘About Me & Some FAQs’ page tells us, a girl called “India Alexandra Struthers. My father lived and worked out in India for 9 years and both my parents love India so when I came along (they thought I was going to be a boy) they felt India was perfect!”

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