News cycles have shrunk from days to minutes.
Where once the attention of the nation would convalesce around iconic events from the Blind Date, Coronation St, House Party, Dallas, the Lottery Draw to mega football clashes and the News at Ten, today it splinters into a thousand fragments. The water cooler has been decommissioned.
A spotlight has become a dazzling kaleidoscope.
And as we are each constantly bombarded with snapshots of a billion stories, we, just like journalists, quickly lose the capacity for nuance. Instead, we see a headline and rush to understand the narrative in its simplest form.
Sheer weight and volume leaves us no choice.
It is no wonder that the simple message cuts deepest. That the comforting liars win out against people offering measured criticism.
Every front page holds a photo of someone who has understood this. We must not forget that this isn’t how it was, has to be or could be.
We are all tired, but we must each stay angry. We must all stay defiant and keep fighting for what is important.