A fascinating long post from Clay Shirky on the information age’s transformation of the media landscape, via @Colvinius who referenced it as part of his 2012 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.
If it wasn’t for blogs I would hardly have heard that nearly 300 people have been arrested while protesting the Iraq war and the Republican convention over the last few days. The city centres have been heavily militarised with large squads of police in full riot gear. There were even raids on houses where known activists resided on the weekend,… Read more →
They sacked Mike Carlton on Friday from his regular weekend column gig with the SMH because he refused to submit a column for publication while the journalists and editorial staff were on strike (in response to the announcement that 5% of the workforce were being made redundant). No doubt Fairfax were entirely within their legal rights to do so (I’m… Read more →
The Australian has gotten very lazy indeed. In their opinion section they now have a feature they call “Cut & Paste” where all they do is quote disjointed segments from op-ed articles originally published elsewhere – I wonder whether they pay the journalists whose writings they use this way? Or are they going for a “fair use” justification for paying… Read more →