6 March 2006 — Media Lens
MEDIA ALERT: THE GUFF OF TONKIN INCIDENT – Silence, Secrecy and Book Reviews
Body Shop founder, Anita Roddick, describes the view from the inside:
“The language of business is not the language of the soul or the language of humanity. It’s a language of indifference; it’s a language of separation, of secrecy, of hierarchy.” (Quoted, Bakan, The Corporation, Constable, 2004, pp.55-56)
Secrecy is a key aspect of corporate media control. It is a secrecy protected by walls of silence.
Consider, for example, the issue of book reviews. What could be a less threatening or problematic area for the media? Surely it is inconceivable that literary editors would bother to suppress reviews of books written from ‘controversial’ perspectives.