It's been a while since I've last posted. I make a conscious effort not to post general household news in favour of things that stimulate debate and comments. I hope that my writings end up being interesting to someone even if it is only me reviewing these posts in the future. However the gap between posts can become intimidating so I'm minded to tap the microphone and whisper "is this thing on?".
Like a large chunk of the country I have been watching the unfolding drama of the News of the Screws dirty demise. However things have been moving so fast anything I posted would probably be out of date by the time I hit publish. It's a feeling the newspapers have been having for years.
It's hard not to notice the glee that News Corps many and varied opponents attack this story. I'm not totally unhappy about it, indeed when I want a smile I just have to recall the how much money they burnt with MySpace. However predictions of the death of NI as a leading power behind the Fourth Estate are probably misplaced. The axing of NoW and withdrawal of undertakings with respect to Sky News may have been dramatic events but I suspect the story still has some to go. In fact Murdoch may well divest himself of more of his print empire if it serves his longer term aims. After all the papers are dieing slowly anyway, this could be just the excuse he needs to divest himself of the liabilities.
Still it gives the journalists something to talk about over the summer.