What has Sky ever done for you?
So it begins, the defence of the Murdoch realm is in full steam ahead mode, with Sky broadcasting being held up as some sort of bastion of protection for the common man. Trawl through the commentary and voxpops and you will find assorted comments pointing to the possible world we would live in was it not for the actions of Murdoch and his cronies. While a number of people have cited that The Times would have been lost, though how the loss of this publication would have resulted in some great depreciation of the quality of life in Britain is a little beyond me, it is the defence of Sky which seems to be the go-to place for most defendants of the Aussie empire. But what has Sky done for us exactly?
Plenty of stereotypes have found their way on to the radio, no doubt spitting into their mobile phones from inside their white vans, grease stained copies of the Sun scattered around their feet, citing the great role Sky has played in the saving of the elite of British football, predominantly though the injection of vast quantities of money. Now, if we take a moment to survey the state of the Premiership, we have a competition where many clubs push themselves to the point of financial implosion in an effort to remain in the competition, players have lost all concept of club loyalty and regularly sign away their career and competition ambitions in order to secure a weekly wage that should make the fans who follow them vomit in desperation, given the fact that that those who in theory the game has been saved for, are year on year, increasingly priced out of the possibility of following their teams. Sky, though direct and indirect measures, has served to destroy what was good about the top flight of English football, just as its parent company has managed to achieve with regard journalistic standards in its publication.
Would the top flight of English football have collapsed were it not for Sky? Of course not. Would wages be less than astronomical, with clubs retaining an interest in the people who turn up to support the 11 commodities on the field? Probably.
Let nobody be deluded. Murdoch has not saved anything. He has certainly commercialised a lot of things, encouraged the top tiers to turn their back on the lower tiers, introduced a policy which concentrates on the undermining of the connection between standards and products, but ‘saved’, has he ‘saved’ anything. Not at all. Everything that has been cited as having been saved by this man, can equally be cited as having lost, lost what made the product or entity what it was in the first place, lost its soul and sense of purpose. And with each thing that Murdoch has tried to ‘save’, we will find an example where we, the poor saps of the general public, who have lost.