September 15, 2012
Jonathon Green in The staggering hypocrisy of the supertrollers on the ABC's The Drum refers to the Daily Telegraph being up in arms about a lack of civility in public discourse. Its running a Stop the Trolls campaign---waging a war on the monsters that lurk on the internet.
Green says about this tabloid's style of "journalism":
It would be fair to say that their routine journalistic tone is hectoring, enraged and pugilistic ... these are the leitmotifs of a modern mass media that sees a future in venting at its audience and in encouraging a sense of shared outrage in response. It is a community built on anger and nameless omnidirectional dread. It is also a mass media alarmed at the penetration and mainstream subverting influence of social media.
The Daily Telegraph, which routinely uses anger, confrontation and provocation as the foundation of a populist business model, is a paper that is profoundly and utterly incensed by the conduct of vile and abusive trolls on Twitter.
What Green doesn't refer to is the way that Murdoch's tabloids condone practices which had encouraged their journalists to pay cash for unauthorised disclosures – from the alleged bribery of police officers and public officials. It is a well-established procedure in the tabloids that is fostered and condoned by Murdoch and it results in a network of corrupted officials across public life.