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on 12 May 2013
Furedi dares to rile the cultural elite with this succinct and timely book which argues against the current witch hunt against aging celebrities arguing that basic principles such as presumption of innocence are being discarded in the pursuit of a media circus.
A rather unpleasant review in the Guardian suggests that Furedi has little sympathy for victims. However, this merely proves Furedi's point that in the heat of a moral crusade anyone who questions it is portrayed as being callous or uncaring. The book is not primarily concerned with victims. It is about what turning the detection of child abuse into a form of celebrity entertainment does to the rest of society.
Furedi looks critically at the portrayal of childhood as a time of risk and questions how someone can go from being thought of as a national hero to a monster in the space of a few weeks.
If you have an open mind and approach topics from a reasoned and evidence based point of view you will find this book full of invaluable reflections.
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