Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Reykjavik-on-the Economist

Last week the Economist ran an article 'Reykjavik-on-Thames' rife with the language of despair and dissolution, money and jobs 'evaporating', people peering into the abyss of a declining London fizzling into plainness. This weeks it's Ireland's turn for a more hackneyed 'Reykjavik-on-Liffey' analysis, running through the various shades of dull dishwater that has been restaining headlines up and down the country for the last two months. The Economist seems to have suffered something of a collapse of the imagination if it can't stretch further than outlining a projected exhaustion of both Ireland and the UK in the coming years. Taking a stab at gathering creative solutions could be more productive than just twisting the knife!

1 comment:

Liam Delaney said...

i like the economist a lot and read it most issues but that headline was really low-brow stuff: journalists should have some basic ethics about not trying to destabilise tense situations - the irish banking system is the main culprit in its own woes and deserves a lot of criticism but these types of headlines are the equivalent of shouting "fire" in a crowded room