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A Dangerous Form of Entertainment
Member Name: northernlovely
Advantages: cheap, burns easily
Disadvantages: prints lies, a bit racist, and the rest
When searching for The Sun so I could do a review on it I was amused and baffled to see it under 'newspapers'. Let's get this clear. The Sun isn't a newspaper. When was the last time something happened in the world, be it a political scandal, terrorist threat, or environmental disaster, where any right minded person has gone 'oh, I want to know more about that. Must pick up The Sun tomorrow.'. No sir! The Sun is categorised into the following:
'I'm not really interested in the news, but I do like a light hearted and entertaining look at the world'.
'It's something to read whilst I eat my breakfast'.
Lots of people I know who read The Sun also read a 'proper' newspaper (usually a broadsheet) to get their news fix. Now, generally I don't have a huge problem with The Sun. It's cheap and it serves a purpose. It's colourful and it holds information (like last night's Lottery results, or the football scores) if not news proper.
My main issue with The Sun is when it crosses that invisible line called morality. The one that will happily post a pedophile's name, address and mugshot on the front page, but count down the days to when a 17 year old turns 18 so she can take off her bra on page 3. The one where the word Muslim is interchangeable with terrorist. The one where gay people are, indirectly but purposefully, suggested to be against the norm.
The whole picture-postcard whoops-how's-your-father seaside comedy is un PC, I'm not one of the PC brigade per se, but there are some things that are unacceptable and there's a reason. The Sun is a bit hypocritical. I'm not saying it's as bad as the Daily Mail (a publication I despise) but it does bother me that there are millions upon millions of people that are supposedly uninterested in the news and are just reading The Sun as a bit of entertainment, and it's their ONLY source of anything even remotely news-related. If you only ever read The Sun, your views on the world would be more than a bit warped very quickly, because it is rather biased and quite often wrong. (Some years ago they printed a story entitled SWAN BAKE..apparently 'waves' of illegal immigrants were catching and eating our swans - yes, it was a lie and yes they eventually printed a retraction when fined by the Press Complaints Commission).
The Sun until fairly recently has been a huge Labour paper - now it's switched allegiance to The Conservative Party, amonst growing public dislike for Gordon Brown, the growing public disagreement with our involvement in the war and with YouGov polls giving Cameron's party the lead. One would suggest they may well be what's known as 'glory supporters'. No doubt if the Conservatives prove victorious The Sun will take all the credit, they excel in bandwagon-jumping (see also Live 8 and Haiti). (In fact, they've already done that - the headline was 'IT WAS THE SUN WOT WON IT'.)
Of course I can't write a review on The Sun without the 'Hillsborough Incident' in which they printed some utter lies about Liverpool fans urinating on the dead and spitting at Policemen during the disaster. All totally unfounded, all totally untrue. Of course, they published a weak apology some time later but it changed a lot of people's opinions of the paper, firstly for printing lies, secondly for adding salt to the fresh wounds of the tragedy, and thirdly for their stance - hardly standing up for the people. Even now many Liverpool newsagents refuse to stock The Sun and many Liverpudlians would never ever allow it in their home.
The paper itself is rather poorly put together - full of spelling errors, simple factual errors (very often geographical) and dubious sources (it has been caught out on more than one occasion copying entire paragraphs from Wikipedia, and has printed many showbiz 'scoops' without checking the facts even once).
So, rather than being something that's read over a fry-up in a greasy spoon, on a building site with a cup of tea or in the homes of millions of UK residents, The Sun when analysed does come across as something more sinister. It has been in the past accused of racism and sexism. It can be found, albeit in a mild (if ever there was such a type) form, in most editions. It prints blatant distortions, if not total lies, on a regular basis.
Yet it is the 10th biggest newspaper of any language in the entire world, and almost three million people read it a day on average. Terrifying.
Summary: Avoid...watch Jeremy Kyle if you want chavvy entertainment