Amid all the grim gurning of the economy, the media is spreading small rays of sunshine with its coverage of the arts. Hardly a week goes by without a writer or musician appearing on a mainstream daytime programme. Given that the media is still largely word-based, writers of all disciplines tend to be better-represented than the rest.
While choosing not to marry or have children is still a minority choice, the minority that choose to take this path is growing and media coverage needs to reflect that. It does do this to a certain extent, but it corrals single people into special sections, one-off feature articles or segments in radio stations. But the voices of single people need to become integral to all media coverage.
People responded to the recent death of top Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan as they would to the death of a close friend. When you think about it, this is hardly surprising. He talked to them every morning, laughed with them, shared their pain, helped them find solutions to their problems. just as a good friend […]