Above the Fold: the one we’ll remember

By Ben Brigden

The Weinstein Effect

Since the Weinstein scandal was revealed in a New York Times article on 5th October, huge numbers of people have felt empowered to speak up about the treatment they have received at the hands of the powerful.

The story has developed at pace, with large numbers of women (and some men) from multiple industries coming forward with their own tales of assault and harassment. The initial report from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey peeled back the veneer of neglect around the subject of sexual misconduct, helping to spur the #MeToo movement in which survivors of abuse have added their own voices to the scandal.

The media has played a key role in both spreading the issue and influencing the reaction of those associated with the accused. Kevin Spacey was recently dropped from the latest series of House of Cards and wiped from Ridley Scott’s upcoming film All the Money in the World altogether. This week, Weinstein resigned from his position in the Director’s Guild of America.

The so-called ‘Weinstein effect’ has sparked a global movement, the likes of which we have rarely seen. It’s a fascinating example of how the modern media can influence change on an international scale.