They are the reason why our town newspaper website increasingly reads more like the Daily, rather than the Dover Express.
I know that it’s a symptom of a larger problem. I know they only write it because people read it. But people have been treated like bloody idiots so much that they actually believe it, and I believe that the news should be what we need, not what we want to hear. And this is my way of raging against the media machine.
I don’t have anything against the people writing for Local World publications. In fact, I have far more respect for you and your trade than Monty does. I know you’re doing this to get paid, pay the rent and put food on the table and that’s fine. I disagree with the people enforcing how you do it. So please don’t take it personally.
Local news has a fine tradition of the boring and mundane, but always with a sense of fun. The tone of these stories has shifted to the classically tabloid though, and now Local World reports have more in common with an Orwellian Two Minutes Hate. Minor inconveniences have become life-altering events, and there must always be someone to blame, at whom you can direct your righteous ire.
With that being said, I fully appreciate that buried amongst the stories of suspiciously on fire cars and blue vans, there are also genuine stories of triumph and tragedy. I will never parody these. The purpose of this site is not to pick on the grieving, or belittle local heroes but simply to shine a light on the sensationalism, the shilling, and the outright goddamn bullshittery that comes with being operated by Local World.
Actually that’s not the sole purpose. The main purpose is to entertain me, as much as anyone else. And then all the rest of that stuff.
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