Something for the Weekend
- Griffith University
- Griffith Review, 2008, pp. 65 - 68
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When Formula One 'supremo' Max Mosley successfully sued Britain's News ofthe World (NoW) for its invasion of his 'privacy' in 2008 (he was secretly filmed in the company of five hired handmaidens administering stern discipline in fetish underwear), it confirmed my suspicion that privacy is now an expensive commodity: to possess it, you have to be able to afford it. No surprises there, really, because the NoW made its reputation and its profits exposing the sexual transgressions of the obscure and ordinary. The Mosley case was a calculated risk that failed, but it got me thinking about the paper.
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