Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oh, THAT guy

This is Jim Parker, a former financial journalist and now corporate communications flak. He’s also known as Mr Denmore.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Why Journalists Fear Academics

What's most likely to keep journalists awake at night? That they will be 'scooped'? Please. In 2012 in the age of Twitter? Hardly. After all, they all copy and paste the same PR releases and transcripts. Nope, what really gnaws at journalists is the fear that they will be exposed as flakes, dilettantes, copycats and pretenders.

In days gone by, this wasn't a big risk. After all, academics for the most part were the only likely challengers to the self-appointed authorial voice of journalists. And we knew these sad, bearded trainspotters were locked away in their ivory towers, working on 6-12-monthly publishing cycles. Worse, their 'copy' - when it did arrive - was impenetrable, heavily footnoted and full of heavily qualifying subordinate clauses. Seven universes away, in other words, from The Herald Sun.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Live From Canberragrad

Comrades, we are under siege. Counter-revolutionaries are depicting Wayne Swanevski's budget, as a calculated attack on the ruling class. Of course it is! Class enemies would rob the proletariat of their birthright. We aim to take it back.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Spinning Wheel

A health warning to consumers of the mainstream media: When a news story starts with the words "is expected to", activate the bullshit detector. And when that news story involves forecasts about economic statistics, shift the detector to warp speed.

So it was that Aunty ABC woke me at 6am with the sombre news that Australia's unemployment rate was "expected to have jumped" in April - all the way from 5.2 to 5.3 per cent. Oh, the humanity.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Day in the Life

I read the news today. Oh boy. Apparently, Australia is now a socialist dictatorship run by red rag shop stewards stealing the legitimate rewards of those with enterprise and throwing it away on the undeserving poor.

"Once again, nothing in it for me," said  'Single Dad' in the comments section of a Sydney Morning Herald analysis from Adele Ferguson describing Wayne Swan's fifth budget as 'Class Warfare'. Over at 'The Heart of the Nation', meanwhile, the splash was 'Smash the Rich, Save the Base', with Swan and Gillard seen leading an angry mob against a hammer and sickle backdrop.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Black Budget Blasts Battling Blue Bloods

Don't talk about alleged "middle class welfare" to Prudence Hetherington-Alswyth. This is a woman who already felt she had sacrificed enough. And now with Wayne Swan's heartless  budget, her struggling family feels it has reached rock bottom. This is their story.