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Journalism – a defence

Trevor Cook November 6, 2009 13 Comments

It’s easy to take the piss out of journalists, and to blame the media for everything. Journalists often over-estimate how much they know, and exaggerate their own importance. But they’re not alone in having those shortcomings. Where you sit is where you stand. And people in different sectors of our complex democracy are quick to […]

Corporate blogging: Telstra trys again

Trevor Cook November 4, 2009 1 Comment

The good thing about Telstra and social media is that at least they are trying. This is important in a country where very few large organisations do. So full marks for effort. No doubt, Telstra’s re-entry into the fledgling field of corporate social media will be generally applauded within the small band of people who […]

Defining Media, Cross-Mating Elephants and Zebras

Trevor Cook November 4, 2009 3 Comments

While many ‘thought leaders’ in Australia are playing catch-up on the media vs social media debate, in the US some of the better thinkers, at least, are pushing ahead: Five years ago there was media and social media and the two were distinct. You know what was what. It was like there elephants and zebras. […]

Mark Scott’s religious affiliation

Trevor Cook November 2, 2009 8 Comments

The November issue of the SMH’s Sydney magazine features a profile of the ABC’s managing director Mark Scott which contains this curious line on page 36: “Their scant private time is devoted to family; once identified as a prominent evangelical Christian, Scott now says he doesn’t attend any particular Church” Scott may not ‘attend’ any […]

Clueless in Ultimo: the fall of Rome fallacy

Trevor Cook October 15, 2009 3 Comments

Promise was that I Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver; Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him Eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves … – John Milton, Samson Agonistes In a speech this week, ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott, strangely compared the media revolution (currently ongoing) to the fall of the […]

Was “Balibo” sanitised?

Trevor Cook September 22, 2009 3 Comments

A few weeks ago, John Pilger made some interesting claims that the script of Balibo had been toned down to expunge Australian Government (and media?) complicity. Pilger’s quotes from director Robert Connolly don’t exactly refute the claims but the Australian media doesn’t seem interested in it either, perhaps preferring the official version once again that […]

Is Gerard Henderson a leftie?

Trevor Cook September 9, 2009 1 Comment

A new study seems to suggest so. The authors, Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh, got some solid media coverage with their finding that the ABC is slanted rightwards. In fact, the study claims that ABC TV is more favourable to the coalition then talk radio stations 2UE and 2GB. Do you believe it? Others have […]

A Courier-mail stew: Shakespeare, the Bible and Kyle Sandilands

Trevor Cook August 8, 2009 1 Comment

The Courier-mail’s Dianne Butler begins her piece today on Sandilands’ early exit from Australian idol with this extraordianry concoction of misattributed and unattributed quotes: LIVE by the sword, die by the sword, as Hamlet used to say. On the other hand, truth is beauty, beauty truth and that’s all you need to know. The first […]

Lights out – new media and the end of television

Trevor Cook July 21, 2009

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Matt Moran casts doubt on Masterchef contestant

Trevor Cook July 21, 2009 2 Comments

Matt Moran was prominent on Masterchef, where his restaurant got massive publicity (not that many of the punters watching the show could actually afford to eat at the corporate expense account establishment) and he provided a wonderful moment when he went to the home of Justine Schofield, the show’s best contestant, and seemed to offer […]