Making A Murderer and the cult of factuality

Image source: Netflix

Image source: Netflix

As Netflix approaches two million subscribers in Australia, free-to-air TV execs have called on government to “ensure a level playing field for Australian media businesses”. The US-based streaming service is alleged to be at an uncompetitive advantage over the established broadcasters, which must follow regulations and legal constraints that do not apply to Netflix. That’s a fair point, and a topic for another column.
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Why do journalists hate pornography?

The Guardian newspaper in the UK published a story last week:

“Last month, the children’s commissioner for England published a report on the effect of porn on young people, reviewing 40,000 pieces of research, and found a correlation between violent pornography and those who commit violent crimes”

Pretty worrying, eh? Until you pull out the report and have a look at it. They actually reviewed 276 papers, not 40,000 – and they found that:

“we do not know whether exposure to or accessing pornography causes attitude or behavioural change”

It’s not quite the same story, is it?
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