News of the World

What was made to look like a series of disconnected incidents now appears as what it always was: a worldwide web of corruption whose murkiness resembles something out of The Wire or a David Peace novel. A dark network comprising private investigators, the criminal underworld, tabloid newspapers, multinational media conglomerates, the police, politicians, the banks, and the bodies supposed to regulate them (who are at best impotent, at worst part of the problem) cannot now be kept hidden from public scrutiny. This is less a conspiracy than a network of complicities: fear on all sides, nobody trusting anybody else, the whole thing depending on who’s got the goods on whom … Cops watching hacks watching cops; threatened politicans looking for favours …

This is the news of the world…

110708 Reality Management: Hack-gate, Hari, Milibot and the Cyber War: Mark Fisher, K-Punk: openDemocracy