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CULTURAL ICON ATE MY NEWSPAPER
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Advantages: easy to understand
Disadvantages: Quickly boring, seems to be getting even dumber
Though declining along with the rest of its medium, the Sun is Britain's most successful newspaper and the only one that qualifies as a cultural icon. It has more memorable headlines, such as 'GOTCHA', 'FREDDIE STARR ATE MY HAMSTER' and 'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT' than all the other newspapers in the country put together. Certainly, if my headlines could get close to matching theirs for brevity and appeal, I'd have made my first DooYoo payment a long time ago.
The mocking tone of 80's sitcoms towards the paper is no longer there, but controversy does still follow it around. The tag of Xenophobia has been firmly attached since the Falklands War, even though the content these days is aimed increasingly at the growing number of immigrants in the country. The world famous red top is still exceedingly unpopular in parts of Merseyside following the reporting of the Hillsborough disaster now over twenty years ago now.
Contrary to what other writers may say, the Sun is not a Conservative, or even conservative newspaper. It is strictly populist. For example, in 2010 the paper lent its weight to the Conservative campaign, apart from the Scottish version which could not decide between the two parties. Even whilst supporting Blair the paper continued to advance conservative positions in most areas because most people still favoured them. Make no mistake about it, if the country turns against toplessness of pretty buxom women in the near future, the Sun will follow and find try to convince people they are leading the way. They'd probably set up a charity.
What really condemns the Sun is that it adds nothing to British life that improves it. Perhaps those snobby sneers are the ones that carry the most weight, but its not the stupidity of the readership that annoys me, it's the absence of intelligence, and the wilful and self-celebrated ignorance of large parts of British society that it seems to embody.
Furthermore, the ability to capture the mood of the nation is diminishing rapidly. The country is no longer as homogenous in its opinions as it once was, nor as willing to unite behind anything. In that sense, the Sun is as much a victim as the collapse of society as a cause and symbol of it.
Summary: Like a transportable museum