An Irish scientist has won the Nobel Prize for Medicine but you might not be aware of it if you depended on the Irish media, who chose to report this fact fifth or sixth in their list of headlines, for reasons one can only speculate on.
Let me repeat.
Today, an Irishman has won the Nobel Prize.
What does this tell us about Irish journalism, or indeed about Irish society as a whole?
I don’t know. It’s too dispiriting.
It means we have journalists who aren’t inclined or equipped to cover stuff they found too hard in school and we have a society in general that doesn’t value real erudition.
Our Nobel laureate, Prof William Campbell, would have got more news coverage if he won X-Factor.
It seems our society has now been dumbed to its deepest.