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We all agree it’s a storm in a teacup. But it’s been all over the papers. People are talking about it. What are Marxists to make of the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand affair? After all there are genuine issues in here. It’s about capitalism and the media.

How do they get people in the media limelight to act like performing seals? Was the protest genuine? How far can they manufacture a mood of outrage? How can we defend the BBC when they lob £6m of licence-payers’ money at Ross? He boasts that, at that salary, he’s “worth 1,000 BBC journalists.”

Here are two points of view. Why not write in and have your say?