Discussion starters for 2013’s first media circus:
- approx 100 people missing in Tasmania’s bushfire emergency; not-quite-record high temperatures are causing spot fires around the nation. Stay safe, everybody.
- Andrew Elder is unimpressed by some efforts to gee up the left:
Abbott cannot convince anyone that any policy area would be better managed by him and his crew than by the incumbents. That’s why they can’t and won’t win. It’s in the media’s interests to pretend it’s a tight race and that there is intense political competition, but there isn’t really. The competition isn’t there – people who follow politics see it now, and those who don’t follow politics closely will see it when they choose to look, which will most likely happen closer to the election.
- Don’t piss off John McAfee.
- Kudos to Belvoir Street Theatre for their Peter Pan giveaway for single parents who’ve just been moved on to Newstart:
At Belvoir we think theatre is a necessity, but we know that for a lot of families it is a luxury, especially for single parent families. With over 80,000 single parents moved from a parenting payment to Newstart on 1 January things are that little bit harder.
We’d like to share the joy of theatre with some of these families. We’re offering a complimentary ticket for one adult and one child to see Peter Pan for families who have been moved onto Newstart. We have limited availability for a small number of performances so get in touch as soon as you can.
What’s piqued your media interests lately?
As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).