How to write the SMH tech section

Something about Google Something about Second Life Something about blogs or MySpace being the future of media Supposed news story stolen from amusing email chain everyone got last week FUD piece about ‘cyber-terrorism’ full of government and security vendor propaganda Sycophantic review of tech gadget to get ad revenue ‘Staff writers’ story ripped of whichever…

Seeing through the greenwash

After months of swallowing the spin coming from Canberra and Macquarie St, someone in the media actually thought for themselves and the results were not pretty. The Howard Government is suddenly so eco-aware it converts overnight to nuclear, which uses vast amounts of water and pollutes the never-never. While Morris Iemma’s mob is so drought-conscious,…

Treat the voters like mugs

I don’t mean to pick on Tony Abbott specifically, but he keeps giving me such great ammunition. Today’s column draws a contrast between the federal government – which risks losing the next election – and the NSW state government, which everyone expects will win. This is odd because some of John Howard’s fiercest critics admit…

Actually, I don’t

I’ve been told this a nerdish quality, but there are times when someone poses a rhetorical question that I find impossible not to answer. You may also remember in the past I have advocated the death penalty for R&B music, partly as an aesthetic disagreement but more because of the twisted values it imparts to…

We couldn’t have that

The PM complained today that Kevin Rudd is “getting a bit full of himself”. Treading on your turf, is he John?

The ABC bites back

It’s become something of a sport among politicians, particularly of the fed Libs, when interviewed by ABC journalists to imply the interviewers are biased. But ABC journos aren’t the sort to put up with this sort of crap from anyone. The other day Virginia Trioli, after grilling an interviewee with appropriate journalistic vigour, was accused…

Light entertainment

The most entertaining thing I saw on TV last night was Malcolm Turnbull spending nearly 10 minutes avoiding the question of whether or not electricity prices would go up as a result of using “clean coal” technology, specifically carbon capture (transcript and video). This was the closest he got to an answer: Tony, once you…

Romantic pictures for v-day #2

It’s the second annual copyright-ignoring v-day* random image** gallery . . . *Yes, I know it was yesterday. I wasn’t feeling well. **Images stol selected from recent livejournal posts.

Jew-run media

The story so far: BBC Middle East editor writes internal memo about Israel-Palestine issues. Internal memo doesn’t stay internal (such things rarely do) and the usual suspects (ie, Jews) get all huffy about anti-Israel bias at the BBC, which the author of the memo defends eloquently, if perhaps a wee bit disingenuously. The anti-Israel blogosphere…