Category Archives: Media

Don’t mention the war causation (the thoughts of Annabel Crabb)

The Twittersphere was abuzz with pointless debate a couple of weeks ago when Annabel Crabb had a televisual meal with Coalition hardman Scott Morrison on her perniciously vacuous program Kitchen Cabinet.  My own views about that controversy are well encapsulated … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Politics - international, Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Gotcha Journalism as bullshit: Propaganda v anti-propaganda

[O]ne does not go about identifying the weaknesses of what another person says in order to prove that one is always right, but one seeks instead as far as possible to strengthen the other’s viewpoint so that what the other … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Media | 21 Comments

Performing expertise: Getting drawn into the showbiz

In an earlier post I’ve talked about how ‘performing’ government drives a range of pathologies – in the case of the post I was suggesting it generates a kind of soft-secrecy. But it drives other pathologies – like bullshit. I put … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Media | 1 Comment

Calmly considering ABC cuts

The announcement by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the ABC’s budget will be cut by $50 million per year for the next five years has generated predictable kerfuffle in mainstream and social media circles. Whether it will have any real … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Politics - national | 49 Comments


Following David’s excellent post on the NBN, a somewhat related aside. Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed on AM yesterday about the NBN review, followed by a brief minuet around some current political dramas. What a contrast. By comparison, his colleagues still … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Politics - national | 19 Comments

Ben Hills’ monument to newspaper journalism

Ben Hills has a new book out – Stop the Presses! How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax. It’s published by (surprise!) News Corp’s HarperCollins. Its essential thesis is that the Fairfax media group, owner of The Sydney Morning … Continue reading

Posted in IT and Internet, Journalism, Media | Leave a comment

Operation 2770: TACSI’s Family by Family expands to Mt Druitt

(For the full 27 minute video from which this 6 minute video has been extracted, click here.) Family by Family about which you’ve heard before is spreading its wings. We’ve started in Mt Druitt where we’ve scoped the program investigating how it should … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Gender, Health, Media, Parenting, Philosophy, Political theory, Uncategorized | 4 Comments