I was a bit surprised this morning. Whilst catching up on the news from yesterday’s Bank Holiday I was browsing The Guardian reading about Amazon and how little tax they pay and there in print was the “F” word.
Now I’m not particularly innocent, but even so I was a little surprised. Sure Amazon pays very little tax in the UK which the author is naturally worked up about, plus the way both Amazon and eBay are encouraging buyers to shop on the high street and then buy online has to be putting pressure on high street retailers, but do we really need to read the phrase “Fuck Harrods” in the Friday papers?
Of course this isn’t the first time the “F” word has been printed in The Guardian, one of Sue’s proudest moments was when The Guardian quoted her as saying “Who gives a flying fuck“, both online and in print. Her only slight concern was that her father might read it but that paled into insignificance compared with the kudos of the quote.
There would be no honour in getting quoted for swearing in the press if it weren’t for the shock value – If the press routinely prints obscenities it becomes the norm. Personally I’ve always thought swearing generally reduces the impact of your argument and that an adequate wordsmith should be able to find better ways to express themselves. Surely the national press should have the highest standards from their journalists, after all writing is their job.
Whilst feelings may run strong on certain subjects do we really need expletives in our main stream press? Am I simply being prissy or would Tamebay read better if it was full of profanities? Is there ever a case for printing the odd swear word to emphasise a point or should we as a country demand higher standards from our journalists?