Samantha Brick: The Media Equivalent of a Plot Device

'While I'm no Elle Macpherson, I'm tall, slim, blonde and, so often I'm told, a good looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty - the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.'

The above will be very familiar not just to us journalism students. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 48 hours you will recognise that as an excerpt from the now infamous Daily Mail article written by Samantha Brick.

Gaffes Galore

For some, the recent furore caused by Diane Abbott's ridiculous tweet overshadowed the convictions of two men found guilty of one of the most infamous murders in London. It is funny to see how certain things will get covered by the press when it is flavour of the month; racism seems to be the latest news trend for some reason. Rather than opening up a futile debate as to whether the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington is racist, I want to point out a story that was not as widely reported but roughly in the same ball park.

Protests: A Foregone Conclusion?

The Occupy London Stock Exchange movement is gaining a following despite the relatively ‘more newsworthy’ stories that have taken precedence. Similar protests have cropped up around the world with London now joining in. We all know that voting is not the only way to take part in politics, with joining a non-government organisation, writing a letter to your MP and boycotting goods all being examples of political participation without having to go to the ballot box.

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