They’re Rubbernecking On My TV Again...

Yesterday, I followed the story of the shootings in the Lake District and like almost everyone else in the country, it left me feeling enormous empathy for the people of Cumbria.

As a tourist, I know the area very well, and what with floods, coach crashes and now this, I can’t help feeling that the people of Cumbria probably deserves a bit of a break. I have little doubt that the impact on those otherwise peaceful towns and villages will be felt for years to come.

But now, more than 24 hours on, the relentless rubbernecking of the news channels, backed up by a seemingly endless supply of repetitive, cliche ridden superlatives is surely starting to verge on the ridiculous.

Last year, I posted a clip on YouTube of Charlie Brooker’s brilliant ‘Newswipe’... which today seems to have a certain heightened resonance.

Charlie Brooker's Newswipe 25/03/09 - ©bbc