The unholy triple alliance between media, the political class and the police may be characterised as a merely epiphenomenal imbroglio... A tectonic shift is taking place in our culture, namely the transition from a print/broadcast era... (to one in which) everyone swims about in a protoplasmic gloop of titillating supposition... (and we are currently) in a strange interregnum between cultural hegemonies
I am not sure people (eg in the comments which follow) realise that Self is playing this for laughs. I think it's a hoot. And of course, he also means every word.
ETA I like this comment 'if traditional media/power relations are in their death throes as Mr Self asserts, then at least the dictionary business has a safe future'