PAPERS UNDER PRESSURE
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