Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Branded News

 Is journalism about truth or marketing? If you picked the former, go back three spaces.

Journalism, as it is practised for the most part today, is about packaging, framing and distributing information to match the world views and ideological biases of distinct target markets. But don't take my word for it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mr Jones Goes to Canberra

Photo: SMH

The media is a sucker for stories about plain-talkin', grass-roots folk confronting cynical politicians with homespun morality.  Think 'Mr Smith Goes to Washington'.

Brought up on these sentimental tabloid templates and jaded with the daily theatre of covering politics, capital city journalists tend to revel in 'people's protests' as a welcome injection of 'authenticity' in a working environment where no-one ever says what they mean.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Money Go Round

 Hi, I'm Ricky Retire-Safe and welcome to Your Money or Your Life - the program where we reveal what today's market movements mean for you, your children and your children's children. And if we scare the shit out of you in the process even better.

Coming up in today's show:
  • An utterly irrelevant round-up of overnight market noise action featuring loads of incomprehensible graphs that you will forget as soon as you've finished your weetbix...
  • A leading (OK, they're all 'leading') market economist issues a forecast on interest rates that is a 180 degree turnaround from what he said a week ago and 360 degrees from two weeks back...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Freedom Now!

Our freedoms are under attack. And the assailants are wearing drawstring pants. As bad as the heinous actions of the Norwegian gunman were, nothing is as reprehensible as the dire assault by shrieking leftists on the quietly-spoken and moderate Marxist-turned-Libertarian Brendan O'Neill on Monday night's Q&A.

Fired up on mungbeans and soy machiattos, the Ultra-Leftist 10-stone enforcer Stephen Mayne took time out from shareholder meetings and dodging punches thrown by News Ltd freedom fighters to spew his bile at a man whose only interest is to preserve the legacy of our embattled publishing saint, Rupert Murdoch.

Yes, you heard me. Three words: Rupert. Murdoch. Saint. Like Anne Frank crouching in a ceiling space waiting for the Nazis to arrive, this is a persecuted man who loves his children (even the corrupt and forgetful ones), who has fought for press freedom everywhere (except China, where the size of the market is just too big to stand up for Freedom, but let that be for a moment) and who understands intimately his readers' concerns (which he achieves by tapping phones).