Every so often I think I'm becoming a bit too ready to criticise some areas of the press, after all they're just giving people the information they want, aren't they? But then, right on cue, the Daily Mail shows just what a disgusting rag it is all over again with this monstrosity - Janet Street Porter's column on Depression. First it was Stephen Gately and now this, just how exactly does the Mail choose its columnists, have they signed some kind of pact with the devil?
If you don't fancy reading the whole thing here's a few high(/low)light's:
- "I find something very repellent about this recent epidemic of middle-class breast-beating. This tidal wave of analysis about why'having it all' isn't what it used to be. [...] Get a grip, girls."
- "But my life goes on, I haven't retreated under the duvet with a bottle of pills. I refuse to accept this notion that a whole generation of women are being laid low by an unexplained epidemic of depression."
- [After discussing the issue of depression in men.] "At this point, I'm afraid to say, I laugh out loud. The idea of feeling sorry for a bloke with low self-esteem is frankly, risible. Let's just call it karmic revenge for all those years men have been in charge of everything."
- I truly believe that illnesses go in and out of fashion - at the moment, trendy women are allegedly suffering from 'depression'
How dare she belittle such a crippling illness just because she's been fortunate enough never to experience it, how condescending and pompous to assume that because she dealt with tragedies in her life, others should do the same without a fuss.
Oh, and never ever read the Mail if you want serious journalism.
And here's the view from someone in a better position to describe exactly what it's like: http://bit.ly/aylWAK