Very interesting piece here from Village Magazine:
Naming and faming, not naming and shaming.
It pretty much sums up what I think myself about this hack - from the article:
The young offenders highlighted the ways in which Paul Williams glorifies gangland criminal, “You know you are up there with the best if Paul Williams calls you a ‘crime boss’ or gives you a nickname, that makes people more afraid of you. That can’t be a bad thing in the business of crime. He makes us out to be like the mafia godfathers – most lads love it”. They revealed how Williams’ crime writing acts, albeit unintentionally, as a source of encouragement towards criminality. “When Williams writes about guns, robberies and shootings, it’s exciting. Everyone wants a piece of the action. His books don’t turn me off crime they make me want to be part of it. Why would I want to go on the straight? It’s boring in comparison”.
I've always avoided any publications that Williams writes in like the plaque, but, from time to time, I have read some of his drivel and it makes for pretty depressing reading. What do other people think about his form of 'journalism'? Is it, as the article suggest, making the life of a criminal more glamourous although whats glamourous about being shot in the stomach and having to wear a colostomy bag is beyond me? Proving the point, I suppose that the vast majority of those involved in crime are people who fail at whatever they do, hence, jail or death is inevitable.
Me, I find Mr. Williams and his career based on crocodile and faux outrage to be base and gutteral.