Moving Forward

Posted 13 CommentsPosted in Books, Craft Standards, Gender, Political News

This is either the most well timed book on politics of recent times or the worst. In her meticulously detailed volume of the caustic three years of Julia Gillard’s prime ministership,  Kerry-Anne Walsh ends the narrative tantalisingly short of the final scene – the long-canvassed ‘Ruddstoration’. It seems churlish to fail the book on events overtaking it, but this is always the danger with seeking to tell history on […]

The Mates’ Media

Posted 29 CommentsPosted in Gender, Political News, Talkback

Ask any New Zealander living in Australia, and you’ll hear how we learn to shrug off  lame  jokes about “fush’n’chups” and sheep bothering. What we rarely point out  in return is that Australians, for all their relative wealth, have  an unevolved appreciation of women in power. This blogger spent a week in his native NZ the week before last, attending a funeral of a loved aunt who had a […]

Society of the Spectacles

Posted 20 CommentsPosted in Editorial Judgement, Ethical Standards, Gender, News Corp, Opinion, Political News

“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 […]

Contesting the News

Posted 24 CommentsPosted in Editorial Judgement, Gender, New Media, Newspapers, Opinion, Political News

The fierce debate over perceptions of Julia Gillard’s parliamentary speech on sexism – the press gallery take versus the public one – has touched a nerve among journalists for a simple reason. It has created doubt about the craft value journalists hold most dear – their nose for news.

Ordinary People?

Posted 33 CommentsPosted in Blogging, Editorial Judgement, Gender, New Media, Newspapers, Opinion, Political News, Social Media

  “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 […]

The Elephant Men

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Ethical Standards, Gender, Government Policy and Regulation, Opinion, Sales and Circulation, Talkback

 “The world is a business, Mr. Beale; it has been since man crawled out of the slime. Our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there’s no war or famine, oppression or brutality – one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock – all necessities […]