Media

Media blackout on heatwave climate change link

With Australia experiencing one of its longest, hottest heatwaves in history, you’d have thought there would be a resurgence in stories in the mainstream media about climate change and global warming. Alas, no. A cursory Google News check reveals only one story linking climate change and the heatwaves (the same story, repeated in the ABC,…

The Global Mail, journalism and PR

A lot of people are writing about the troubles at The Global Mail. I left a rather long comment over at the Restless Capital blog, which I reproduce here: Jason — great article, and I think you’ve hit on many of the issues that have stymied the Global Mail. However, the main one, that you’ve…

Luke Malpass in the AFR grossly misrepresents Labor’s record under Rudd

The Australian Financial Review is a mildly conservative newspaper owned by Fairfax that is normally fairly even handed in its commentary and reporting (notwithstanding recent editorial changes that have seen a former Murdoch/News Ltd warrior, Michael Stutchberry, join as Editor in Chief). Today’s issue of the AFR understandably focuses on the Labor leadership ructions, but…

When news leaves us less informed

In November this year, Fairleigh Dickenson University came out with a study that suggests that some news sources make us less likely to know what’s going on in the world: The conclusion: Sunday morning news shows do the most to help people learn about current events, while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to…

Pokies and dopamine: why we need mandatory pre-commitment

The sickening anti-reform campaign being run by the gambling industry against the introduction of pre-commitment technology is utterly appalling to all people with a conscience. The pokies industry is even more pernicious because it relies on neurological manipulation to encourage addiction. The Australians who become problem gamblers are being purposely exploited by the pokies industry,…

We are all Arbeiderpartiet members

Nick Martin, Labor’s National Assistant Secretary, has written a fine blog post commemorating those Norwegian Labor members who were murdered by an ultra-right wing gunman. I have copied the post below, and encourage you to visit the blog and leave a message of support for Arbeiderpartiet and its members. Right across the world people have…