‘Social media has ruined political debate’, says BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? presenter Jonathan Dimbleby
- Broadcaster said the language of politics has ‘deteriorated’ with social media
- Jonathan Dimbleby, of Radio 4’s Any Questions, lamented its ‘corrosive’ impact
- He told the Radio Times of his frustration with short interviews under 15 minutes
Jonathan Dimbleby has lamented the ‘corrosive’ impact social media has had on politics.
The broadcaster, 74, said the ‘language of politics has deteriorated sharply’ in the wake of politicians using platforms such as Twitter to engage in debate.
He said: ‘Social media is so often deeply anti-social. It has a corrosive effect on political debate.
Jonathan Dimbleby, above, has lamented the ‘corrosive’ impact social media has had on politics
‘Debate generally has deteriorated in almost direct proportion to the amount of stuff that is uttered. We get more and more words and fewer and fewer thoughts.’
The BBC Radio 4 ‘Any Questions?’ presenter added: ‘The language of politics has deteriorated sharply.
The host, pictured above in the TV programme BBC At War, told the Radio Times he was frustrated with how interviews rarely last longer than 15 minutes
The courtesies, that dryness when people express disagreement, has been replaced by a coarseness of language.’
The host told the Radio Times he was frustrated with how interviews rarely last longer than 15 minutes, adding: ‘I think we’re short-changing the listener and the viewer.’
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