I'm no fan of Esler (a presenter of BBC2's Newsnight), but he
says some sensible things about Medialens. (I'm "biased"
on this matter having been banned from Medialens after making
some innocuous comments which didn't fit their worldview).
Reader's exchange with BBC's Gavin Esler posted to Medialens
The reason no one takes media lens seriously is not the substance
of your complaints. It is the robotic, identikit, narcissistic
manner in which they are expressed. I know you will not understand
this, but your complaint below is precisely what I had in mind.
I made a comparison with the fascistic habit of mind which seeks
to intimidate through numbers of people unthinkingly doing the
same thing. Hilariously, you and a handful of other people have
done precisely that. Berthold Brecht explains the fascistic
habit of mind and its lack of self-awareness when he pointed
out that "Furz hat keine Nase."
Please don't write again. Genuine complaints from geuine people
I am happy to deal with. Phoney outrage from medialens is simply
a waste of everyone's time. Again, I don't suppose you will
Posted to Medialens messageboard 19/9/07:
Sorry but this medialens inspired stuff is very sophomoric.
time I remember a robotic response from people like this was
film of the nuremberg rallies. I always wondered why people
another's beat without any obvious thought from themselves.
you know the answer, or perhaps you merely intend to keep marching.
Please don't write to me again in someone else's words. It is
embarrasing for you. Please learn to think for yourself.
...and another, same post:
I'm sorry you were offended but when you parrot other people's
if they were your own you behave exactly like an automaton.
you. Please think for yourself. Medialens has no credibility
for precisely that reason. No doubt your own views are sincere.
are your own views. (Gavin Esler)
Posted to Medialens messageboard 20/9/07:
i object to the deceitful and frankly despicable methods of
medialens which discredit whatever point it is they - you -
have to make in your orchestrated and robotic campaign. if you
really are doing this "thinkingly" then you are utterly
beyond redemption. you have decided to act like an automaton?
please don't write to me again. matters of war and peace are
too important for your synthetic outrage.