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Madeleine McCann: Liddle Things, Her Digital Age And The Sop Opera

by | 4th, May 2008

hot_air.jpg: THE COLUMNISTS:

ROD LIDDLE (Times): “Madeleine, the incidental onlooker”

Come on, be honest. When Kate McCann appears before you on your television screen, do you sink your head low and remember poor Madeleine, somehow spirited out of that Praia da Luz apartment, or are you overwhelmed with a sense of irritation, annoyance and ennui?

Or like me, is it a little bit of both, callous pig that I am?…

The weird thing is the way the story has taken on a life of its own, with Madeleine as a terribly absent onlooker, almost incidental to the whole charade.

ANDREW ANTHONY (The Observer): “For a variety of reasons, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seems to hold an enduring, not to say unhealthy, hold on the nation’s imagination. The first and most obvious is that it exemplifies every parent’s deepest fear.

It’s also a mystery, and it’s only human to wonder at the unknowable truth. But there is more to it than that, something modern and distinctive. For it’s also a media story, a testament to the power of the digital image.”

BARBARA ELLEN: “For when Gerry McCann said last week: ‘We are not characters in a soap opera’, he must have been aware that to many, that is exactly what they are. What’s more, they are characters in danger of being written out, no longer considered necessary for the ‘Maddie franchise’ to continue.”

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