The Titanic Centenary is perhaps the first much anticipated centenary of the decade. Its treatment in the media, especially local TV News is an indication of how the “decade” is likely to be treated.
The Titanic is not nearly so politically contentious as the other centenaries. But it has been obvious that the local media is operating as little more than a publicity machine for the Titanic Experience and the agenda of the Norn Iron Executive. A bevy of local hacks have been in the Titanic Quarter lobbing “soft” questions at Arlene Foster (whose Ministerial brief includes Tourism) and the spokespersons for Norn Iron Tourist Board and the Experience itself.
This kinda Sycophancy might be tolerable in our (very) localised weekly newspapers, which will feature several pages on an eighteenth birthday party or a fiftieth wedding anniversary…….but just how low have local TV News standards fallen that we must watch daily broadcasts (“puff pieces”) for the Titanic “Festival”. Even a local newspaper would have the ethics to publish this kinda thing under “Advertising Feature”.
Yet the Conflict Resolutionists and the “lets get alongerists” must be rubbing their hands at just how shallow the local TV journalists can be. The lack of any real critique of the Titanic “project” has exposed the local media as the kinda people who will not go “off message” when contentious commemorations arise.
Shame on them.