Friday, 17 July 2009

Power Without Responsibility

From Curran and Seaton's 1997 classic, Power Without Responsibility: The Press and Broadcasting in Britain, which has been on my reading pile for a significant proportion of my adult life...

a Foreign Office official added, “it cannot be the object of foreign policy to wipe a tear from every eye – however much the cameras would like us to.”

(Curran and Seaton 1997:251)

It might also be helpful if, rather than saying that we know what shape the future holds - and consequently abdicating responsibility for it - we began to ask again what it might be possible to do to make it better.

(ibid.: 262)

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