Even though it has been the major part of a week since Tony Abbott most recently said something stupid in public, a steady stream of stories is continually dribbling down the legs of the media and staining the trousers of public discourse. And rather than being content merely reporting on the former PM’s utterances (or,…
There is no issue about which Australian journalists’ heads are further up their own arseholes than data retention.
Recently on ABC TV, newsreader Jeremy Fernandes referred to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service as “What’s thought to be one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in South Africa’s history”. This hyperbolic vagueness is nothing out of the ordinary. Our language harbours a growing cancer of over-the-top uncertainty.
Your GPS tells you the road to the winery is the other side of a farm gate across a dirt road. Instinct tells you the other side of the gate is a sheep paddock.
Are you sick and tired of adjusting the “show revisions in balloons” setting in Microsoft Word 2010 every time you open a document? There is a solution!
The story circulating the world about a looming crisis in the bacon supply has turned out to be a load of porkies, just self-serving propaganda by the British National Pig Association. Who saw that coming? (The dead giveaway was that the media release urged consumers to “make a point of selecting pork and bacon with the…
Tomorrow is local government elections day across New South Wales and in my little organic tofu patch deep within the latte belt, we’re not spoiled for choice. For the first time in history, or something, the Liberal party is running candidates. If they poll anything like I expect, it’ll be the last time, too. They…
New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird has proposed lowering the GST-free threshold for online purchases from overseas from the current $1,000 to $30. This, he says, will raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional GST revenue. He claims this could pave the way for abolishing stamp duty on housing and other state taxes. Bullshit….
By the time Apple actually gets around to selling the iPhone 5 to Australian consumers, local media outlets will each have managed to publish approximately 20 non-stories on this vital topic.
People who think the phrase ‘as a mother…’ lends moral authority to anything that comes after Media outlets that invite non-scientists to ‘have your say’ on topics of scientific debate People who say ‘…[person] that…’ or ‘…[non-person] who…’ (I’m looking at you, Tyra Banks) Inbox Zero zealots who are so pleased with their efforts to…
Newspaper editors are deeply concerned about the declining quality of journalism in this country. So why are they more worried about ensuring their staff have monetisable social media skills than about hiring journalists who can write?
Mainstream media journalists contemptuously treat social media as a uniform group of ‘citizen journalist’ cranks with a single, non-mainstream opinion. But social media are just the aggregated thoughts of people, and those people are your readers. For now.
The murals in Sydney’s Devonshire St tunnel are not just a random selection of photos. They are, in fact, carefully chosen and fiendishly clever propaganda.
If this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald online front page is any guide, we’re in for two weeks of insulting, click-baiting tabloid bullshit Olympics coverage. It has already become truly offensive.
After my website fell victim to a common vulnerability – twice! – I reconsidered if running my own site was a constructive use of my time and effort.
IT journalist Renai LeMay wonders how the media should treat a politician who has clearly moved beyond ‘factually inaccurate’ and deep into ‘lying his arse off’ territory. Fortunately, there is a simple answer.