Mutual exploitation

datePosted on 13:42, May 14th, 2009 by Lew


Teenager objects to school uniform policy is hardly news – unless the teenager is as photogenic as young Sheridan Marris, whose green streaks have landed her on the front page of today’s Rodney Times and Stuff’s splash image.

It works – this non-story is (as of the time of writing) on Stuff’s `Most Viewed’ list, along with stories such as “League’s group sex romps to continue”; “Man finds wife and mate on porn DVD” and “Babysitter sentenced for sex with boy”. Sheridan now has excellent publicity for her petition to have the rules at Rodney College changed, while her image has been employed to the same effect as those headlines. That’s how the mutual exploitation model of the media works; but is the payoff worth it?

Update 19:15: On the Stuff front page, the headshot of `world’s hottest woman’ Olivia Wilde is now positioned right next to the similarly-composed headshot of 13 year-old Marris.



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2 Responses to “Mutual exploitation”

  1. Julie Fairey on May 14th, 2009 at 14:43

    “Green streaks”? They really don’t look v green at all.

    And yes, the most popular click-throughs are generally depressing to anyone of a feminist bent. Sigh.

  2. Boganette on November 15th, 2010 at 11:06


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