The MailOnline’s spinning moral compass

The MailOnline has become an increasing flesh-fest of celebrities, reality TV stars and anyone else vaguely worthy of a bikini-shot mention. However, at the same time the Daily Mail website retains the hypocrisy that has been a long-time feature of the print edition; as ever it is a case as do as we preach, not as we do when it comes to MailOnline judging the actions of other media organisations.

The Daily Mail kicked off the new year with an attack on the BBC’s much-talked-about and successful take on Sherlock Holmes daring to feature some women-back-flesh before the nudity claiming that the BBC was under-fire from viewers who thought that it had ‘gone too far with the raunchy scenes’. The MailOnline naturally took the opportunity to post the key screengrabs – on a 24-hour-no-possible-watershed-website and also decided to stick a large photo on page 9 of the print edition.

The Daily Mail has a special distaste for the Internet and the fact the entire spectrum of human depravity is available at the click of a button (providing you have entered the right key words into the search engine of course). The Internet – according to the gospel of the Daily Mail – corrupts us, keeps teenage boys locked in bedrooms with boxes of tissues, whilst teenage girls chat to pensioners in anonymous chat forums. Middle-aged people seek out suicide partners and meet in deserted industrial estates possessing nothing more than a desire to end it all with a stranger and a length of hosepipe.

But the thing is parents can install Internet filters onto their children’s laptops, middle-aged people have the free will to search instead for dinner-party inspiration and everyone makes the active choice whether to seek out the darker side of the Internet – we all know that if you wanted to watch a video of a hostage being beheaded you’d find a million websites hosting the video and so on.

What we can’t prevent is the young and innocent logging on to one of the largest news websites in the world and being able to watch a 7 minute video of an alleged rape that took place on Brazilian Big Brother. Or indeed, a video showing ‘Moment base jumper plummets 200ft and breaks both legs after botched wingsuit leap off Table Mountain’.

The rather obvious and indeed laboured point is that the Daily Mail likes to lecture us on morality and decency yet they will publish anything to gain a few extra hits, to draw in a few more curious rubber-neckers who just can’t resist a click on something illicit. The Internet has a million websites dedicated to people who want to watch dubious videos, but the point is that you have to actively seek them out and most filtering software can block them from younger viewers.

What shouldn’t happen is one of the world’s largest ‘news’ sites publishing them in amongst content that is supposed to be suitable for all.

3 Comments

  • Jed Brown says:

    The bad taste site rotten.com has for years featured shocking news of the day, from a multitude of sources, one of which features regularly being mailonline.

    http://www.dailyrotten.com

  • andy lowery says:

    Well said. As an expat living in Malaysia, it’s easy to forget the rage provoked by the Daily Mail’s moralising. It makes me so depressed to think of the number of people that swallow the knuckle-dragging rabbble-rousing in their bilious shitrag.

  • Dan Factor says:

    What’s even more astounding is certain right-wing puritanical hacks see the Mail as a fit and proper place to peddle their POP PORN CULTURE IS DESTROYING OUR CHILDREN rants.
    One such hack is Sonia Poulton who was given space on the Mail’s website to tell readers how immoral Rihanna is and how her “porn” is poisoning the minds of young kids.
    At the same time the Mail publishes countless pictures of Rihanna and other sexy female pop stars barely clothed in articles encouraging their male readers to leer at them.
    Hypocrisy, seedyness and downright bullshit is the order of the day!