Monday, July 30, 2012

The Murdochratic State

Anyone beguiled by appeals by the Murdoch press in Australia for the defence of "freedom" against the Leviathan of the state needs to read Tom Watson's 'Dial M for Murdoch' - a forensic examination of the gradual corruption of the British state by News Corporation.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Future Shockers

"Prediction is very difficult, particularly about the future." Journalists would do well to keep in mind that aphorism from influential Danish physicist Nils Bohr when quoting "experts" about the outlook for financial markets, the economy and politics.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Chest Beaters

Noticed how everyone is a passionate champion for "freedom" nowadays? In fact, among Australia's pinstriped and share optioned media executives, there is more chest beating on this subject than in a Tarzan movie - but without the pecs.

Monday, July 9, 2012

News Values

The gnashing of teeth in print journalism about how to save the industry is understandable. But like a shipwrecked crew on a melting iceberg, the victims might spend less time wishing for a change in the weather and more time building a boat out of there.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

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.