Anti-journalism

Facebook puts vulnerable children at risk of depression, warn doctors‘ [istyosty link]. From the article:

‘A lot of what’s happening is actually very healthy, but it can go too far,’ [Dr Megan Moreno] said…

Parents shouldn’t get the idea that using Facebook ‘is going to somehow infect their kids with depression,’ she said.

Too late, if people actually believe what they read on the Mail Online website.

In other news: ‘Isn’t it a bit early for that? Britney Spears films free concert for Good Morning America (and what a raunchy wake-up call it will be)‘ [istyosty link, has to be seen to be believed]. The article sees fit to demonstrate just how raunchy the routine is by accompanying it with 21 photos and 2 Youtube videos. This really is anti-journalism in action.

The Daily Mail Restoring my Belief in Human Nature – no really!

In general, the comments section of Mail articles is the best place to go for either a good laugh or general despair at how misinformed and prejudiced it is possible to be. However occasionally, the Mail publishes something so bad, that even the Mail readers can’t stand it.

This Repellent article by Janet Street-Porter is one such example.

Completely misinformed, misguided, offensive and dangerous. This article is also evil because it only serves to increase the dangerous stigma against mental illness that exists.

I don’t intend to respond completely to it, this article by Alastair Campbell in the Mirror does a pretty good job of that. I have only one observation to add – that the poorest in society are both more likely to suffer depression and less likely to seek help – despite what Janet seeks to assert.

However, this is one of those rare occasions when the best-rated comments underneath a Mail story are a source of hope and that is unusual.