Profit maximisation is the primary aim of the media; serving the public interest and holding institutions of power to account is of only incidental concern. By Vincent Browne.
The hacking of the mobile phones of murdered British schoolgirls and their close relatives is not a bizarre occurrence of the modern media world.
It is an inevitable and predictable consequence of the frenzied corporate media culture, driven by an incessant demand for profit growth, quarter after quarter, indifferent to any consideration other than the further enrichment of already vastly wealthy shareholders.
That culture will allow cosmetic regard for what are laughingly called ‘‘media ethics’’, lest persistent disregard endanger persistent enrichment. But ethics are merely instrumental.Add a comment