Tuesday 28 September 2010

Celebrity culture strikes again

Another 'high profile public figure' has secured a 'super injunction' to prevent publication of details of an alleged affair. A full summary of the case can be found here.

The Independent revealed earlier this month that the number of privacy cases had increased by 50 per cent in the last year.

There are two challenges in this trend. The first is for the media who increasingly rely on 'kiss-and-tell' revelations of celebrities to sell papers. Instead of feeding the celebrity roundabout and relying on relationships with celebrity PR companies, perhaps it is time the media - particularly the Sunday newspapers - invested in proper old-fashioned investigative journalism?

The second challenge is for those in the public eye. If you are putting yourself on a pedestal and selling your idyllic lifestyle as part of your brand, don't expect the media not to look behind the veneer in a bid to reveal the truth.

Sadly, this is another example of where society's obsession with celebrity culture is damaging: to the quality of our media and to the detriment of our legal system.

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