It appears that Sky has done a substantial public service by hosting a new channel called Edge Media TV. This is number 200 in the listings and promotes itself as ‘a platform for alternative and suppressed viewpoints’. Like so many outlets parading themselves as guardians of the hidden truth, Edge Media is run by pompous fantasists that the MI5 wouldn’t waste ten seconds on. Still at least it keeps these people off the streets.
Charlie Brooker has enjoyed an exclusive preview:
And herein lies the tragedy. The other day I tuned in to Eerie Investigations, in which the host, a strangely simpering woman with Eerie Investigations printed on her T-shirt, conducted vox-pop interviews with people at an anti-ID card rally. There are a thousand valid reasons for opposing ID cards and questioning everything the government does, but instead both the host and her interviewees spent most of their time talking about how we’re all going to have microchips planted in our heads as part of the New World Order (which, naturally, orchestrated the 9/11 attacks), intermittently breaking from this theme to dismiss the general public as idiotic, docile sheep with such towering self-assurance it made you actively wonder whether labouring under a fascist police state in which government computers monitored your dreams and doled out electric shocks each time you had a subversive thought would be preferable to living in freedom alongside these massive wankers.
In-between the programmes, there are adverts for Cillit Bang (whose exact role in the New World Order has yet to be established) and a seven-hour – yes, SEVEN HOUR – ‘DVD presentation’ from David Icke, in which he tells the viewer how the world really works. And presumably apologises for not employing an editor.