And the winner is . . . Nominations for Walkley Award for Juvenile Social Commentary

Writing op eds you often wonder how the subbie will bugger up your meaning by putting a headline on your piece that effectively prejudges the way people will read what you say. Still Catherine Deveny has struck it lucky. The subbie has captured the essence of her writing and her message in a few short pithy words. The first article was headed “Insecure or conservative or stupid women are bowing to the wishes of their husbands” and now Catherine has hit back at her detractors with another telling blow. “I don’t give a stuff what you do. I’m paid to write what I think“.

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Damien Eldridge
Damien Eldridge
14 years ago

I suspect that she gives a stuff about whether or not the Age’s readership want to read what she wrotes, however. It seems silly to act annoyed about an oped generating controversy. Surely that is what they are supposed to do?

conrad
conrad
14 years ago

Perhaps I’m an outlier, but I can’t think of any of the other commentators in The Age that has been getting a regular spot of late who is worse than her. It seems to me she just poorly recycles last weeks (sometimes last months) often not very exciting topics.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
14 years ago

From her wiki entry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Deveny

Catherine Deveny is a comedy writer, stand-up comedian, and a regular and sometimes controversial columnist in the Age newspaper since 2001. She also writes frequently for other Australian and overseas publications. She has performed on most Australian TV networks, Australian premier comedy venues and on radio. She has been described as a left-wing Andrew Bolt.

kim Serca
kim Serca
14 years ago

yeah mate

– and what really shits you is that Deveny’s articles – especially those last two – regularly feature in the top 10 most read fairfax articles.

And you’re reduced to flogging your pathetic opinion on free-view sites like LP, catallaxy and Troppo. Must really shit you that no one will actually pay you.

Kim S

[comment edited -JC]

Amanda
14 years ago

Deveny’s final par about sums up the situation in most cases though.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
14 years ago

I’m sure Nick must be suffering from depression because he’s not a journalist, kezza [snicker]

conrad
conrad
14 years ago

Thats a funny comment to come from someone that has written stuff for something like Arena Magazine, which as far as I’m aware, almost no-one reads. Perhaps more people might read it if they didn’t have to pay. In any case, if popularity was a proxy for quality, the Daily Telegraph would probably be considered a masterpiece.

Bill Posters
Bill Posters
14 years ago

In any case, if popularity was a proxy for quality, the Daily Telegraph would probably be considered a masterpiece.

No it wouldn’t.

The Daily Tel is in a bigger city than the Herald Sun, yet sells fewer copies.

Even The Age doesn’t look too shabby by comparison. It sells about two thirds as many copies as the Daily Telegraph, despite being an A-B focused broadsheet.

Amanda
14 years ago

An article about rugby and politics in France: http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2964469.ece

Amanda
14 years ago

Oops – meant to put that on a whole another thread. D’oh. Sorry. *cough*

conrad
conrad
14 years ago

Feel free to substitute “Daily Telegraph” (no 2.) with “The Herald-Sun” (no 1.) and I believe the statement should still hold.

Alos, given that The Age is not exactly the best paper on Earth either, you might like to consider what simply going for the largest readership in the short-term means. Be glad you can click around the world now for better sources of news.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
14 years ago

Kim Serca’s comment deleted on account of misrepresentation of identity – Jacques.

Spiros
Spiros
14 years ago

“She has been described as a left-wing Andrew Bolt.”

Or even a left-wing Piers Ackerman.

Deveny fills a much needed gap in the commentary market, which is a left-wing get-stuffed, I don’t give a fat’s clacker what you think,column.

People not only read Deveny, they get worked up about what she says, they write outraged letters to the editor about her, and multiple blog bandwidth is devoted to what she she writes.

This is so different from standard left wing commentary, which is earnest and boring.

The Age must be delighted. The more she infuriates people, the more people are going to read her, just so they can get infuriated.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
14 years ago

For the record, no. 14 wasn’t me. How the heck did that happen???