I’m working on something at the moment, let’s codename it ‘TRUTH BASTARDS’, (the idea was suggested to me by the rather excellent David Wynne).
It’s a near future thing set in the world of citizen journalism – the key thing is that it is set in a ‘post-Leveson’ world.
I’ll admit to making some guesses about what Leveson’s report might have said and the fallout from the same. After all I started working on this some months ago when Leveson report was taking evidence. I thought that after Leveson the public would trust the media less and would turn towards the citizen journalists that are on the whole rather more successful at self-regulation.
Turns out that this is unlikely to be the case and that the ‘post-Leveson’ world is pretty much the same as the ‘pre-Leveson’ world.
What this means is a bit of a rewrite, one in which the otherwise very ethical citizen journalists will, instead of agonising over using some somewhat morally grey methods, will actually revel in the horrible things that they do in order to get to ‘the truth’. Their justification is that at least they are going after the villains, rather than the parents of murdered teenagers or just making crap up in order to please the politicians.
This may, of course, change if some sort of cross-party group actually does something about press standards – but as I understand it ‘cross-party’ is parliamentary code for ‘do bugger all’.