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children of dune - leto 1
seperis
I did not believe News of the World hacking cellphones, of all things, would actually, y'know, be treated as a terrifyingly big deal.The more you know.

I mean, it's not that I assume a lot of moral outrage is causing the sudden respect for the law and non-dickery--Murdoch hatred combined with CYA is magic--but I'll take the cynical view for a few of the results.

Also, Concentrating Too Much Media Power == Abuse!, which is good to know. Had no idea monopolies or oligarchies are ripe for abuse. Don't say it's so.

In other news--god, I have none, work is evil. Send help. Or recommendations for historical fiction as good as Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendour (That may not be possible, I know, but hope springs eternal).

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For me, historical fiction = Dorothy Dunnet. The Lymond Chronicle and Niccolo Rising are both fantastic series.

I did not believe News of the World hacking cellphones, of all things, would actually, y'know, be treated as a terrifyingly big deal.

Maybe because it wasn’t until people learned that they’d hacked into the phone of a murder victim? Hacking the phones of celebrities behaving badly is one thing—and they’ve been complaining for eternity about being spied on—but hacking phones of dead people is another. But wait, aren’t celebrities people too?

I too am surprised by all the outrage but then I shouldn’t be. It’s kinda like how no one cares about animal rights and environmentalism until cute fuzzy animals are hurt while all along no one has cared about, oh . . . , fruit flies in test tubes or vultures on the verge going extinct. But wait, fruit flies can feel pain too and vultures are part of the environment too. Not to make light of bunnies painfully losing their eyesight or Bambi no longer having a home; except the hypocrisy and the having of double standards and does make light of it all.

(Then again, I am also surprised that people are surprised that a Murdoch company did this. Because he holds Fox to such high journalistic standards, hm?)



Also, Concentrating Too Much Media Power == Abuse!, which is good to know. Had no idea monopolies or oligarchies are ripe for abuse. Don't say it's so.

Monopsonies and oligopsonies are bad too, everyone forgets about these! I think if AOL/Huffington had their way, they’d be a monopsony. I don’t think they have the leverage or credibility (anymore) to position themselves as such, not with their reputation devolving into content mill. Would you sell anything you write to them?

But yeah, I think being the single buyer of blog content was their endgame. Though, I’m sure they thought they’d be good guys for it. Going on past interviews, Arianna definitely had a vision of HuffPo being the bloggers’ soapbox.

For historical fiction, I turn to Diana Gabaldon's Lord Grey books or Outlander series.

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