Posts in ‘Media’

Living with the hypocrites – showing on SBS

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Imagine my surprise to see Gregory Storer and Michael Barnett starring in the first instalment of SBS’s Living with the Enemy. These are the two gay activists who tried to put On Line Opinion out of business four years ago costing us tens of thousands of dollars, editor Susan Prior her job, and now me my […]

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Stop trashing Tony

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

What is it about Labor, and the left more generally, that it plays the person rather than the ball, and applies the techniques of social exclusion rather than logic and rational persuasion? And why does the media play along with Labor when it does? Tony Abbott is overseas representing Australia, and from what I can see, […]

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Minor parties plan assault on political duopoly

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The election of Cathy McGowan in Indi has energised some minor and micro party supporters to become more professional. Whether they can have the same success remains to be seen, but they’re getting together to discuss how to use existing organisations and new technology to take on the major party duopoly. Calling themselves the Heart […]

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Paedophilia, climate science and the ABC

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

In today’s Science Show Robyn Williams smears climate change sceptics by comparing scepticism of the IPCC view that the world faces catastrophic climate change because of CO2 emissions with support for paedophilia, use of asbestos to treat asthma, and use of crack cocaine by teenagers. Don’t believe me? Then listen to the broadcast. It is hard […]

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Newscorp split misses the point of convergence

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Newscorp’s proposal to split into a TV and Entertainment company and a Publishing group seems to misunderstand what convergence means. In the digital world a newspaper is a television station and vice versa. I’m limiting myself in how I use of the word newspaper, because it implies that a print outlet needs paper, when it […]

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How do you start a small business?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

In the early nineties one joke went “How do you start a small business?” The punchline “Give Warwick Fairfax a large one.” It was a reference by the privatisation and near destruction of the Fairfax media group by the twenty-something great-grandson of the founder. The culprits have changed, but the joke is quite similar, if […]

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Fairfax changes good for readers, not so good for community

Monday, June 18th, 2012

What Fairfax announced today was obvious 13 years ago – the traditional newspaper model has been broken for quite some time. But that doesn’t mean that the alternative model is going to fill the role of the fourth estate as well as the existing one. Not that the fourth estate has been functioning as effectively […]

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Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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New media, new world order?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Did you know that in the first 6 months of this year, 536 people in the US had died in tornadoes? Or that this was more than the entire previous decade? Don’t bother checking News Corp for that factoid. Rupert Murdoch has been found wanting, his imperial power over pollies now mocked amid calls for […]

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Waltzing Matilda

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

New Matilda has announced that, all other things being equal, it will close on Friday 25 June. It is always sad to see a neighbour go, even if they are a competitor, and I was saddling-up to write a short but sympathetic note.

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