Lack of shame and excess of frenzy

Nisu Times i TikTok reported identically about the "disappearance" of the princess, but the most reputable media and the most obscure accounts on social networks caused hysteria in solidarity. Now at least they are the first to be sprinkled with ashes

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What the saga of Kate Middleton shows us

Unfortunately, the good old days are a common place of collective thought, so it should be comforting when one thinks that society functions the way it functioned in past decades and past centuries; when he realizes, for example, that the world public, this time led by the British, has performed a turn worthy of a skilled London taxi driver in rush hour traffic. A two-minute video in which Kate Middleton - or Catherine, Princess of Wales, as you prefer - announced that she was battling cancer was enough to stop the Windsors from being the nefarious cartel that they were for a few weeks. ordinary people, people like us, who want privacy in difficult times. It reminds of the good old days when the thunderous voice of the king's body in the town square was the main guide to public opinion.

The previous paragraph, of course, simplified the reality. They didn't Times i TikTok reported identically about the "disappearance" of the princess, but the frenzy was caused jointly by the most reputable media and the most obscure accounts on social networks. Now at least they are the first to be sprinkled with ashes. Admittedly, they sprinkle more on others, which he illustrated on Monday Guardian editorial editorial.

"In our era of social networks, everyone has a springboard for their fantasies, however twisted. Indeed, the algorithms seem to encourage them. Those who took Catherine's illness as a voyeuristic mystery game should be ashamed. Despite being a global celebrity, Catherine has a right to privacy when it comes to her health. When we finish apologizing, it will be time for restraint," the senior editors concluded Guardian.

Alas, there must be madness, negative or positive, and moral advice Guardian they did not fall on fertile ground. Now we are no longer writing about the vile Windsors, but we are writing about the vile disease that afflicted them. Far away, across the Atlantic, American Foks hired "top oncologists" to figure out exactly what kind of cancer Kate Middleton was dealing with based on a small number of known facts. If to someone Foks is not a relevant medium, here it is Time, who devoted the entire text to touching expressions of public support for the princess, quoting everyone from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Kate's maternal uncle. On the first side of the pond and on the other side of the story, The Guardian at the moment he somehow forgets to connect the obvious, and to at least remind us that a few months ago he wrote about the uncrowned British waiting for cancer treatment in the state system for a "record long time", that the care system for oncology patients is in a "monumental crisis" and that people will "die for lack of strategy".

If we have already used the American media to illustrate the frenzy, it is time to look for the voice of reason there. Columnist New York Times Zeynep Tufekçi reminded two weeks ago that this whole circus is not a story about a famous and sick woman - who should certainly be wished for recovery - but about something even darker.

"The Roman poet Juvenal used the phrase 'bread and games' to describe the strategy by which imperial Rome satisfied the masses - with alms and entertainment. In modern Britain, the royal house plays a similar role, entertaining and distracting, and it plays into the downturn that followed Brexit. The exit from the European Union was voted by the slimmest majority, after a strong propaganda campaign that fueled voters' fears of foreigners ready to occupy and ravage Britain. The story of the alleged rivalry between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle has a similar thread. In that story, which the media and fans of the Princess of Wales promote both subtly and openly, Catherine is the 'English rose', beautiful, classy, ​​white, and her biracial liver is a dangerous skorojevic from the bottom of the tub."

That's what Zeynep Tufekçi says, and adds that this "rivalry" is only part of the manipulations by which the monarchy and its allies have been creating nostalgia for the social hierarchy of the idealized past for years - precisely for those good old times, which in reality never existed for an ordinary Briton and an ordinary person.


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