It is certainly commendable that Malcolm Turnbull is encouraging a kinder, gentler way of debating politics, but he shouldn’t ignore voters’ appetite for tabloid-confected conflict and drama.
Why has new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – an early adopter of social media and a prolific app user – nearly vanished from Twitter?
Here’s my latest piece for the King’s Tribune… I saw a forlorn tweet the other day, saying “we found Jill Meagher, now let’s find …..” using the name of another missing person. Occasional retweets of the plea bobbed like flotsam in my timeline for a while, then became lost in a torrent of condemnation over […]
This week I attended a public affairs conference entitled True Spin, held by the Walkleys/MEAA. There were conflicts, inconsistencies and knowledge gaps that struck me during the presentations at the conference, but one thing that consistently stood out was the consensus that Shell had badly dealt with Greepeace’s Let’s Go! arctic campaign. Disappointingly, while several […]
I’ve lodged a comment today on Greg Jericho’s latest interesting piece at The Drum about privacy and freedom to comment. My reason for doing so is the confusion that seems to have arisen about whether online commenters should register with a credit card. I recall discussing this with both Greg and Jonathan Green at The […]
Why has the ABC’s appointment of a Social Media Reporter given me the irrits? It’s certainly nothing personal against the reporter herself, who’s shown admirable ingenuity, not to mention dexterity, in live-tweeting from doorstops and press conferences and then following up with radio news stories while regularly refreshing the content on her Facebook pages. If […]
Am I the only person offended by tomorrow’s “Communication Shutdown”. The campaign website says the event is a global initiative to “raise much-needed funds for autism groups in over 40 countries. By shutting down social networks for one day on November 1, we hope to encourage a greater understanding of people with autism who find […]
I have sympathy for people wanting more substance from the Australian media this federal election. Truly, I do. As I’ve previously explained, some of the political media’s obsession with election frippery is due to them rebelling against being tightly managed during the campaign. However, I’ve noticed an assertion creeping into some commentary that the media […]
There’s not many things I enjoy more than a passionate discussion. Maybe a Cherry Ripe straight out of the fridge. Or the smell of kitten’s paws. But that’s about it. Some people have to jump from great heights or hurtle along the road to feel like they’re really living. My thrill comes from the jousting […]