I’m sure that heading caught your attention!
I suspect Phil Mac Giolla Bhain never expected to share a blogpost title with Ms Streisand! However, I do not have a juicy trans-Atlantic scandal to reveal.
Instead, as at 1.25pm on 4th September, Phil’s book was placed at number 13 on the UK Amazon bestseller chart. Maybe it would have got there as a result of the proposed serialisation in the Sun, and maybe not.
However, in an episode which surely will join the annals of the Streisand Effect, Phil is racing up the charts!
The BBC wrote about it in June when an Argyll schoolgirl’s blog about her school meals, under the title of Never Seconds, was “banned”, briefly, by Argyll and Bute Council. You can read my lengthy thoughts on it here.
As the BBC said:-
In 2003 Barbra Streisand attempted to suppress photographs taken of her house, and a meme was born.
She sued aerial photographer Kenneth Adelman for displaying a photograph of her home in Malibu, California, published as part of a series of photos of the California coastline that he was taking for a photographic project.
Her legal action was later dismissed under California law – but she was probably more upset by the 420,000 visits in a month to the site where her photo was published. Naturally, these all came after the news of her legal action made headlines around the world.
In fact, according to documents filed in a California court, her house’s image had been downloaded only six times before Streisand’s legal action – including twice by her own lawyers.
In a far more serious example, the fatwa pronounced by certain clerics against Salman Rushdie for his Satanic Verses meant that the book achieved far greater sales and publicity than if it had been ignited.
Before then we had the sagas of Spycatcher, where the UK Governments attempts to ban a spy’s memoirs resulted in the creation of a worldwide best-seller.
Going back further we had the prosecution of Penguin Books for publishing Lady Chatterley’s Lover, ensuring it would be the only DH Lawrence book people actually wanted to read.
Especially now, when messages can pass so quickly round the world, efforts to keep the lid on a story only succeed in making it more widely known.
Whilst Phil might have offered up a quiet thank you to Sir David Murray and Craig Whyte, amongst others, for giving him material about which to write, he can now add to his list the Sun, and the various Rangers message boards and websites which have mounted what has been a very effective campaign regarding the stopping of the book being serialised in the Sun, but only at the cost of making a much wider group want to see what the fuss is all about!
Posted by Paul McConville