Oct 15, 2009
Mark Scott”s memorial A.N.Other lecture at Melb Uni (arranged to coincide with the Walkley nominations announcement, an evening at the Melbourne Trades hall bar pitched somewhere between Oscars Night in Senegal, and the Brownlow with underwear) sure put Rupert in his place, while reminding us to ask the question ‘has old man Murdoch gone completely mad?’
Exhibit one was his attempt to dub the current period ‘the philistine age of the internet’ (ie that period when a whole new media was invented, before being re-corporatised). Exhibit two was the equally whacky attempt by son James to attack public media (at the edinburgh festival) as ‘creationist’ – ie believes in creating its own content. But ahhhh, maybe it’s like those biblical crazies. Smart huh?
Magical thinking is when you believe that words can shape reality, not vice versa. Folie a deux is when it becomes a family trait. Generalise it to a business plan and you’ve got the Fox News Channel.