The musings of Mr Monkeysized


Little people are to blame by monkeysized
July 7, 2011, 08:58
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By this I don’t mean small people – if I did I’d be on the verge of being in trouble, as would half of my near-circus-dwarf sized family. And that’s before my wife and I have any kids – I’m aiming for scrum half sized, rather than anything more weighty.

I do mean the little people. Us. The public. Or, at least, some of us.

The News of the World phone hacking scandal really is a scandal now. For a long while it seemed to be a curious bug bear of the Guardian, perhaps linked to their obsession with Rupert Murdoch and the position of Andy Coulson at the right hand of David Cameron. Now it is a scandal.

What has not been mentioned – to my knowledge – is the guilt of those who buy the News of the World, the audience for their disgusting prurience. They are the beast that was being fed. They are the ones who want shots of celebrities who are drunk, showing their knickers or having naughty fun snorting coke off the buttocks of a ladyboy.

They don’t just buy NOTW. They buy celebrity magazines that cover each level of the social scale from royalty to pieces of turd floating around Portsmouth harbour, and even lower, to the detritus thrown up (briefly) by reality television. There is a big beast out there to feed, and that – in whatever disgusting way they were doing it – was what was happening at the NOTW. It didn’t go bad suddenly.

The same can be said of the economic troubles that have afflicted Greece, Europe and beyond.

The credit crunch? Ah, that’ll be the banks then. Nothing to do with the consumer binge by witless members of the public who ramped their spending up beyond their incomes so that they could feed their consumer habit with ever-larger flatscreen televisions. And the expectation of feeding off a property bubble that was stretched to glistening point.

And in the streets of Athens, what about those entrenched interests who didn’t pay taxes, who hoped for a public service job that would see them have long siestas and early retirement, who had a government-sanctioned rake-off from their protected industries as pharmacists, doctors, journalists and truck drivers?

It’s funny how the people that are always to blame are the ones that we want to blame.

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I used to nick packs of cola bottles from the corner shop near my school and sell them them on. Never really thought I was doing anything wrong, though. It was those ignorant kids with sweet tooths who were the real criminals . . .

Comment by Andy Bostock

It looks to me you do make a good point, but this is a perverted dynamic and you fall on the other side of the trap. So consumers, citizens, readers are those to blame?
Well, you can say the same of anyone trafficking with drugs or weapons. If there is a market, if there is people who’ll buy it, don’t blame who sells it even if this goes against the common laws and the social contract.
Sadly, those protesters in Greece and Spain, those unwise investors indeed finally found themselves without a job and often renting their houses and living in their cars, while the State was rescuing those banks with which the States are actually indebted. And when the wheel started to move again and big bonuses restarted to flow, some brillinat thinkers came up with ideas like ‘finance needs ethics, not rules’.
Honestly, I do not buy it. NOTW editors have broke basic rules of honest competition and, monoplozing reosurces, committed some really anti-democratic act. by doing that, they were earning enough money and pwer to be actually criticised without shame. Part of the financial sector during the crisis did pursue money and power (you may call them profits and growth) not by breaking common rules, but just because those rules, sadly, are not in place. As far as I know, there is no big fish living with 400 euros per month in neither Greece nor Spain.
Sometimes it is just good to see those who never pay doing it. At least in those occasions when senseful rules are in place.

Comment by Lorenzo Marini

Lorenzo, don’t overbake the point I made – I’m saying that the general public is rather sanctimonious when it comes to finger pointing. I’m glad you make the point about drug trafficking – if it wasn’t for the users there would be no demand and no drug trafficking. If titilating headlines about celebrities didn’t sell newspapers, then NOTW would not do it. As it stands NOTW was the largest selling British newspaper. So go figure…
Similarly the credit binge was not just something the banks did. It was far more complicated and ran from global imbalances and the failure of US governments (since Bush’s tax cuts, roughly speaking) to rein in the debt, to the scurrilous practices of several bankers and the introduction of unwitting computer-generated complexity into the system.
But that’s all rather inconvenient for the mob, isn’t it?

Comment by monkeysized

Well, sticking on the drug-trafficking example, generally the big dealers enjoy money and power, while the poor userers, and the poorer the user, end up as addicts with any sort of trouble in life. I do not deny that it is sensible to recognise the mistakes of the users, but at the end of the game you tend to have winners and losers (this when law does not kick in, like in this case – and way more often with drug-dealers than powerful bribers).
Now, having had people the power to predict the outocomes, the winners are often those who would do same choice, the losers those who won’t, even if responsability is to share. This makes you think that winners are those who actually had a clearer idea of how the game would end, and therefore less naive, but somehow guiltier.
This in very general terms. Of course the situation is way to complex but when for the sake of profit you contribute to the degradation of society, you already are quite a lot in the spot. If moreover by doing it you break some important rules, well, it’s not surprising that you risk to end up this way. It should happen more often in my opinion, but you know I am Italian and I have little patience with media perversion.

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