The pact of secrecy that allows politicians to use journalists for political means, and rewards those journalists for being little more than a cipher, does not strengthen democracy – as Laurie Oakes suggests – but belittles it.
Politicians have been trying for years to get their message out to voters without it first being filtered by the media. Now they can bypass traditional media altogether by becoming independent producers of news.
I’ve read a lot of posts over the past couple of weeks in which friends have reflected on 2014. For most of them it has been a pretty shitty year.
I feel somewhat guilty and very humble because the year has been good to me, particularly professionally.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in recent years it’s to be thankful for the good things in life.
And so I’d like to acknowledge 2014 as a good year, and recognise the people who made it that way. This is me, giving thanks for 2014…
It’s time to end the use of kids as political props, and for campaign strategists to concede the […]
If Mark Scott is able to maintain the ABC’s support through its digital presence over the next two years, while […]
We don’t have to go any further than the ubiquitous fluro vest for confirmation that image is as […]
Image: it’s politics’ dirty little secret. Despite protestations that our voting decisions are driven by parties’ policies, the truth is our choice is significantly influenced by the image our political leaders project.
We don’t like to admit we’re that superficial, that we could choose a government on the colour of a man’s tie or the timbre of a woman’s voice, but this is the political reality being managed, if not manipulated, by political strategists.
I’ve written before that Twitter has become an unexpected school of politics, providing a unique forum for people […]
Here’s my latest at AusVotes 2013… Modern journalism is impoverished by the anachronistic need to be first. Once […]