photoshopped front pages in the Murdoch tabloids, comparing Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to mass murdering dictators like Stalin, came this screeching meltdown by News Ltd columnist Piers Akerman on the ABC Insiders program. The hysterical view of Akerman and others, mainly in the News Ltd stable, is that by insisting on a public interest test for media mergers and requiring self-regulating newspapers to live up to their own standards, Conroy is starting the process of "putting back the bricks back into the Berlin Wall". (more…)
downsizing faster than a Biggest Loser contestant as migrating audiences and advertisers cut its formerly generously proportioned profit margins to skeleton thin. (more…)
"When social significance is attributed only to what is immediate, and to what will be immediate immediately afterwards - always replacing another identical immediacy - it can be seen that the uses of the media guarantee a kind of eternity of noisy insignificance." - Guy Debord, Comments on Society of the Spectacle, 1987 When Julia Gillard delivered what was her best and most substantial policy speech as prime minister recently - one in which she also announced the date for the federal election - the media's focus was on her new "hipster spectacles". (more…)
(AKA Possum Comitatus). Perhaps, it's his distance from Canberra. Perhaps, it's because he doesn't scribble about politics for a living. And perhaps, it's because he doesn't have to try to say something new every day. But Possum's piece on the Great Unhinging is still the most chillingly accurate portrayal of the media-politics dynamic served up in recent years. (more…)
“Grandma, tell me about the Great Cyber War. What was it like?"“Well, dear, on top of hill were the well-armed, but rapidly depleting mainstream media corps defending their turf to the death, or at least until deadline.
"Assaulting the outskirts of parliament were we brave bloggers, dressed only in our pyjamas, fuelled on skim lattes and clicking on petitions until our index fingers blistered. It was ugly, dear.”(more…)
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axing the jobs of hundreds of hard-working journalists, the market for menopausal male misogynists in print and broadcasting remains stronger than ever. Why? With a nod to our new ideological overlords of the IPA, it seems the market has spoken. What Australia wants from its media is not The Truth, but something that the archetypal 50-something Dad - full of three James Boags and two Pinot Noirs at the family barbecue - declares to be the reality. (more…)