Estate of the Nation

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Blogging, Books, New Media, News Corp, Newspapers, Opinion, Social Media

  If it hadn’t been Grog’s Gamut, it would have been someone else. The unmasking of the popular political blogger by The Australian newspaper in 2010 served in retrospect as the moment when blogging in Australia gained something of a critical mass. Until then, the nation’s mainstream media had treated blogs as background noise, at best, unrelated to the real business of journalism and political commentary. But when News […]

Excess Baggage

Posted on 14 CommentsPosted in Business Models, Entertainment News, Political News, Social Media, Staffing and Resources, Television

Politics is a television medium. It has been for nearly 50 years. But TV has changed in that time. Artifice in the aid of the entertainment was formerly tolerated. Now, thanks to the ‘reality’ TV phenomenon, we seek out representations of ‘authenticity’. Guess what happens to politics?

Punch and Judy Journalism

Posted on 15 CommentsPosted in ABC, Opinion, Political News, Social Media

The Twitterverse, fingers poised on keyboards and 140 characters at the ready, has been excitedly awaiting the resumption of the ABC’s hit current affairs panel show, Q and A. The usual suspects are being primed to play their customary roles on either side of compere Tony Jones, the constable in this televisual Punch and Judy.

Itchy Triggers

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Editorial Judgement, Opinion, Political News, Social Media, Talkback, Technology

The possibility of instant global publication, the growth of social media and the commodification of facts are accelerating the media’s drive to offer ‘analysis’ around news events. More ominously, and knowing reporters are looking for a point of differentiation, agents of power now routinely use social media to manipulate the official record in their favour before the facts are clear. Of course, the problem with this is there is […]