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About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Tony
11 years ago

Can I make a suggestion? Ok. I will. No professional blogs run by journos or opinion pages for media organisations masquerading as “blogs”: no Punch, Drum, Crikey, certainly no blog hosed by a paper. I’d include “gatekeeper” blogs run by people who love to tell other people how to blog and how to write, but that’s cutting down the options.

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
11 years ago

I thought about adding a note to that effect, Tony. But then it occurred to me that there are numerous “real” blogosphere veterans who have gone over to the MSM darkside in one way or another or were already there but previously blogged independently. Mumble, Tim Blair, Tim Dunlop (now frequently publishes in ABC opinion pages like Drum) and various Crikey-ites like Possum. I don’t really see why we should exclude them and limit this to the determinedly “amateur” bloggers. Mostly the MSM “blogs” are fairly pedestrian in quality anyway and unlikely to be tagged more than occasionally, I suspect.

The Australian political blogosphere has matured IMO to a point where it’s no longer possible or sensible to draw a rigid differentiation between “real” blogs and the MSM. Moreover, despite attempts to appropriate blogging, the MSM has not succeeded in doing so. If anything they’ve been forced to adapt to the fact that they’re now only one part (if still the dominant one in many ways) of a diverse online media landscape which they cannot control.

Nicholas Gruen
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Nicholas Gruen(@nicholas-gruen)
11 years ago

Agree with your reasoning @2 Ken.

Gummo Trotsky
11 years ago

Well, if threads of doom are your thing…

Peter Patton
Peter Patton
11 years ago

Ken

It was the best thing in the Orstrayan blogosphere. May it return to rain over us.

Peter Patton
Peter Patton
11 years ago

2nd best

[HT: GT above]

Peter Patton
Peter Patton
11 years ago

The Australian political blogosphere has matured IMO to a point where it’s no longer possible or sensible to draw a rigid differentiation between “real” blogs and the MSM.

Indeed. It has become reminiscent of those halcyon days of debate on Kuta beach over who was a real traveler, and who was a mere tourist.

Paul Bamford
Paul Bamford
11 years ago

OK, this is good and opens up an interesting field for discussion:

Is it time for the Liberals to dispose of Abbott?

…Tony Abbott is living on borrowed time.

He must know that the August 21 election was his best chance to become prime minister. He could win the 2013 election but he must also know that his real problem is lasting to that point.

Hence, the explanation for Abbott’s belligerent behaviour since the election is straight-forward. Gaining office through destabilising the Gillard Government is his best chance of maintaining his leadership. The prospect of an early election secures his leadership. Assuming government without an election cements it.

Paul Bamford (aka Gummo)
Paul Bamford (aka Gummo)
11 years ago

Ken,

What can I say – except that it’s never been known for an Australian political party to ask “If not this lame duck then who?”

Don Arthur
Don Arthur(@don-arthur)
11 years ago

Ken – I’ve got an idea. I do a bit of media monitoring for work Mon-Thurs. So since I’ve got a routine going, maybe I could do a weekly Missing Link for Troppo on Fridays.

We can start by working up a list of Aussie blogs worth following and I’ll pop them into my feed reader.

What do you think?

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
11 years ago

Excellent Don. I’ll email you about it.

pablo
pablo
11 years ago

Recomended posts as distinct from blogs gets me confused. Blog hosts or contributors? For a good blog stoush between two talented (driven?) bloggers I recommend ‘Fran’ and ‘Alice’ on John Quiggin very recently.

fxh
fxh
11 years ago

I’m with Tones- and how about not using anything by academics boosting their cv / publications/ public engagement KPIs by “blogging” on a salary in their discipline.

Ah but then we’d be left with fuck all.

As you were. carry on….

Senexx
11 years ago

Resource Tax Botched by Ken Parish

Gear Up Australia. Our Government needs more debt by Peter Martin

Please Explain by Ken Parish

Andrew Leigh’s Maiden Speech

What are we trying to do on Asylum Seeker policy? by Greg Jericho

Insulation Dire Risk – the data is in by Possum

I’ll have a couple more later. I’ve just been called away.

Senexx
11 years ago

My last post obviously got caught in the spam filter with a multitude of links. My apologies for that but if it could be released as well.

Also here are the last two as promised in the first post.

Is it so difficult for a journalist to ask “why?” by Jeremy Sear

Both atheism rationalism and Catholic triumphalism betray Mary MacKillop’s legacy by Mark Bahnisch

skepticlawyer
skepticlawyer(@skepticlawyer)
11 years ago

There’s been a lot of froth and bubble on the Kirsty Fraser-Kirk v DJs sexual harassment case. For a quality legal analysis, I recommend this post by my co-blogger, Legal Eagle:

http://skepticlawyer.com.au/2010/10/26/abuse-of-process-and-damages-claims/

Mango
Mango
11 years ago
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Lyn
Lyn
11 years ago

I wish you would include Ad Astra’s “The Political Sword”

http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/

Jim Belshaw
11 years ago

Helen Webberley’s blog ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly has some wonderful posts. The real Ponte Vecchio in Florencehttp://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2010/10/real-ponte-vecchio-in-florence.html -tells the story of a rather unusual corridor.

Jim Belshaw
11 years ago

Ken, this doesn’t seem to be getting traction. Would it be better to reword it, to leave it up for say three days, then to move it to an archive? Wording something like this: “This is your chance to nominate your favourite blog post. Every three days we will move the post plus nominations to a new page. You can find past nominations here. Please browse for the best of the Australian blogosphere”. Then put a date in the header, maybe some additional comments in the text as you go along.

Peter Patton
Peter Patton
11 years ago

Ken

with links to lots of interesting posts.

Care to help us out by suggesting one?

Tom N.
Tom N.
11 years ago

THE OPPORTUNITY COST OF THE MISSING LINK

Jim Belshaw (@ #25 above) correctly pointed out that this is not gaining traction. Does it matter? Should it be left here anyway?

The problem with doing so is that it crowds out other posts from the ‘opening view’ of Troppo. When I open Troppo (which I do less rarely now), all I see is the unexciting and unchanging “Missing Link – Reader Participation Model” entry, which is now a turn off. Call me Generation Zish, but I often don’t have the patience to scroll down and see if there is anything new and worthwhile on Troppo. I am a channel flicker, basically, and there is much more alluring stuff – specifically, new posts – on the opening views of too many other blogs to keep bringing me back here.

I don’t have access to Troppo’s viewing stats, but I’d hazard a guess that they’re lower as a result of the permanent Missing Link entry at the top of the page. If so, I’d say that its time Mising Link went missing.

Tom N.
Tom N.
11 years ago

And thanks for the response, Ken. I still do wonder whether you might be able to reduce the space given the the ML segment – or maybe give a ‘most recent posts’ listing on the right hand side of the openning view. I’d also trade off a little bit of white space above the troppo banner for some more material on the opening view. Anyhow, maybe you’re not really trying to appeal to ADHD-afllicted, Gen Z channel flickers like me anyway…
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David Walker
David Walker(@d-w-griffiths)
11 years ago

Note that Breakfast Politics is in hiatus until 2011.

Jim Belshaw
11 years ago

Perhaps the most gripping post I have ever read -http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalking/2010/12/03/incredible-insights-into-the-saving-of-qf32-revealed-in-the-atsb-preliminary-report/