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Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

NEWS­PA­PERS have al­ways had an im­por­tant role in re­flect­ing a so­ci­ety's chang­ing so­cial norms and com­mu­nity stan­dards, which (un­til quite re­cently) have al­ways been teth­ered to the tra­di­tions that have evolved from the na­tion's en­dur­ing cul­ture.

In to­day's glob­alised, so­cial me­dia West, how­ever, where to be ‘pro­gres­sive’ has be­come a fash­ion­able end in it­self, it would seem that those norms and stan­dards are no longer an­swer­able to that tra­di­tion. News­pa­pers are, there­fore, un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from so­cial me­dia out­lets, as are our politi­cians, to keep up with these ‘pro­gres­sive’ so­cial trends.

So, what a pro­gres­sive pub­lic may soon ex­pect to see in their news­pa­pers are co­pi­ous close-ups of im­mod­estly clad gay cou­ples kiss­ing.

MARK DYER Rock­ing­ham

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