Happy News

A rich vein of work in journalism studies is that existing norms and narrative functions of the craft are seen as obsolete by a new generation of media-savvy digital natives. This funky crew wants performers who mash up satire, news & popular culture and break the fourth wall between medium and audience.

It’s an exciting idea and one that draws as its inspiration successful US news/comedy/satire  hybrids like Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert The Colbert Report. Continue reading

Mad Tax

July 1, 2012: The day the insanity began. Towns deserted. Streets no longer safe. The Carbon Tax appeared to have destroyed every semblance of civilization. No-one stood in its way. Except one man.

His family taken from him by godless gay marriage advocates, ‘Mad Tax’ Abbott was left to fend on his own, save for his loyal pup ‘Pyney’ and his whiskey priest confessor, Pell.  Today, was ‘C’-Day. Carbon Day. Continue reading

Deep Throaties

It’s 9pm in the Daily Telegraph bunker and Gemma Jonestown is screaming herself hoarse.Her nationwide scoop about fatcat asylm seekers scoring free taxpayer-funded microwaves to heat up their 2-minute noodles is held up in production.

“For chrissake, Woodward and Bernstein would KILL for this story,” she screams, between hurried sips of her Hungry Jacks large chocolate shake, “It’s only a photo illustration, mate!”
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Live From Canberragrad

Comrades, we are under siege. Counter-revolutionaries are depicting Wayne Swanevski’s budget, as a calculated attack on the ruling class. Of course it is! Class enemies would rob the proletariat of their birthright. We aim to take it back.
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Black Budget Blasts Blueblood Battlers

Don’t talk about alleged “middle class welfare” to Prudence Hetherington-Alswyth. This is a woman who already felt she had sacrificed enough. And now with Wayne Swan’s heartless  budget, her struggling family feels it has reached rock bottom. This is their story.
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The Great Leap Forward

It is 2020. We are on deadline. And the professors are in charge. Seven years since the imposition of the News Media Council – and anti-democratic academics are editing our newspapers. Bookish elites – thinkers not doers – are defining news for the ordinary people. And our freedom – Our Freedom! – lies bleeding to death in the gutter of our dreams. Continue reading

Mounting Precious

Just in: Pressure is increasing on Julia Gillard to call a leadership spill amid unrelenting pressure from backbenchers pressuring for a release of the pressure valve holding back potentially explosive leadership pressures.

Sources close to the ABC say talk is growing about an imminent shift of three non-aligned backbenchers to the camp considering a vote for Kevin Rudd in order to silence ongoing media speculation about the release of the imminent pressures. Continue reading

News Anonymous: The 12-Step Program

One of the joys of the silly season is that the media focus switches from being bored to death by Duelling Press Releases in Canberra to the relative excitement of watching cricket tests on television.
Like a blowfly loose in the kitchen, you only notice the enervating influence of the drone from the nation’s capital when the Raid starts working. The resulting quiet allows you the space to make New Year’s resolutions about your media consumption.
Most of the suggestions below broadly come under the heading of Turning Off the Noise. In our always-on, wireless and networked modern world, preserving one’s sanity is often best achieved by just un-hooking oneself for a while (or not allowing oneself to get hooked in the first place.)
So in the interest of sponsoring more calm reflection and less needless flying off the handle, here is my 12-step program for junk media junkies in 2012:

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I’ve Seen That Movie Too

As the ABC mulls the falling ratings for its flagship 730 current affairs show, it might want to consider whether the problem isn’t so much the presenter or the physical set or the stories – but the conventional television narratives that have become so hackneyed that no-one can be bothered paying attention anymore.
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