Charlie Brooker, over the last few years has occupied a place in the British affection somewhere between the raised eyebrow whistleblowing on absurdity of his one time collaborator Chris Morris, and the erudite disaffection of Will Self.
Surely one of his most accurate, witty and timely pieces of critical dissassembly was in Nathan Barley, writing about the nascent, and essentially twatty new media and arts scene in Shoreditch / Hoxton with Morris as co-writer. The series emerged from his website of invented tv listings: TvGoHome. Since then, Brooker has become more and more prolific with a string of books, articles and tv shows seeking to show the absurdity of the media constructed world around us and put it, literally, back in its box. However, the clip above shows he's happiest on the territory brought to us originally by Chris Morris and Armando Ianucci in Brass Eye, ridiculing the news, the only bit on television we're actually supposed to believe.
Morris, meanwhile seems to have moved on from targeting the construction and dissemination of the media to more Chomsky-esque concerns about the role of managed and designed fear as the new opiate of the masses. His critical take on the media frenzy around paedophilia proved to be the nadir in his relationship with Channel 4. However, now he has a new film, 'Four Lions' a 'jihadist comedy' which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and I suspect there'll be no shying away from controversy. It has, for reasons you'll probably fathom from the subtitle and this clip, taken several years to find a backer for this movie.
I'm looking forward to it, but I imagine I'll be watching it through my fingers....