Tonyblack wrote:Just because we don't hear about the Enquirer in the future doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Indeed, it seems to appeal to a certain type of person who isn't really interested in the 'truth' and find the Enquirer-type stories more interesting. I suspect that there are a whole bunch of newspapers opened in A-M following the success of The Times. We just don't hear about them.
The dwarfs strike me as being the archetypal immigrant - they move to A-M to make their fortune with the intention of one day going back home, but will probably settle down in A-M and bring their families too.
Part of the point of the book is to draw attention to the almost casual bigotry used by people who don't bother to find the truth about people, they just condemn them as 'those people' coming over here and taking our jobs with they weird traditions etc.
I think it's incredibly farsighted of Vetinari that he has an open door policy to immigration. People might not like it, but there's little denying that it's incredible good for the city. It's made the city the powerful place it is. Compare it to the city that Vimes goes back to in Night Watch. I guess it's like the New York of Discworld.
We do hear about them, don't we? Moist's death in Going Postal is covered by a couple of different papers if I am not mistaken.
The only mention in Going Postal
of others paper occurs when the Hangman talks about the press coverage of the hanging. He mentions What Gallows?
, the Times
, the Pseudopolis Herald
, and the Sto Plains Dealer
as having reporters there. This, I think is a case of Terry using something for a moment, but not exploring it. Presumably the Times
is William's paper, but the others are made up and relate vaguely to Moist's activities. Since Going Postal
is after The Truth
, there could,of course, be other newspapers, but there's nothing like The Inquirer
mentioned (to the best of my recollection).
Moist is interviewed on several occasions by Sacharissa, who has (as he notices) gotten married but retained her professional single name.
Otto shows up taking pictures of the ride to Sto Lat, and of Moist's rescue of Twinkles the cat.
I don't remember any other mention of an Inquirer (or some other paper) in any of the later books. Certainly William shows up seeking interviews in Thud!
, and someone has started drawing regular political cartoons--rather like Punch--if the ones in Monstrous Regiment
are anything to go by.
It seems odd that the paper disappears, but I think the answer is that it served a particular function in The Truth
, most notably that people will buy and read the most outlandish things by preference, even when there is a better paper available. Not sure that William's paper could have survived against that competition, if it continued to be well funded and if they found someone to write their stories--which both Carey and William find is a lot harder than it looks.