N jour­nal­ism and me­dia ethics

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Kel­logg, on the other hand, an in­vet­er­ate al­so­ran and acolyte, has much to learn about how the me­dia works and about his own am­bi­tions. Barba teaches him that what he re­ally wants is to be pop­u­lar, not fa­mous.

As al­ways, Shriver’s ideas are in­ter­est­ing and timely, even 14 years af­ter the fact. The in­tegrity of the me­dia, par­tic­u­larly of news re­port­ing and the me­dia’s com­plic­ity in the cre­ation of news, cer­tainly war­rants in­ves­ti­ga­tion to­day as much as ever. Shriver ex­plores the no­tion of the news story as post­mod­ern con­struct with wit and in­tel­li­gence and raises ques­tions that re­sist easy an­swers. Un­for­tu­nately, many readers who are likely to be en­gaged by her ideas will quickly tire of the un­likely premise, corny hu­mour and pre­dictable plot turns of the cum­ber­some story that car­ries them. While it seems un­fair to use her own work against her, Shriver seems a far more ac­com­plished writer in her later writ­ten but ear­lier pub­lished work. Liam Dav­i­son is a Melbourne based novelist and critic.

Lionel Shriver works from a sim­ple premise to ex­plore top­i­cal ideas

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