Media Circus: some dinosaurs need a Bex and a lie down edition

Ben Jenkins on how The Australian Would Like You To Get Off Its Goddamn Lawn: is this the best summary out there of possibly the most whargarrbl broadsheet editorial ever?

For all its faults, the piece manages to perfectly capture the fear and panic brought on in our newspapers by the digital revolution. It’s like a mosquito trapped in amber, but instead of a mosquito it’s a 60-year-old man having the new photocopier explained to him before angrily asking what was wrong with the old photocopier.

One day, maybe, the DNA from that 60-year-old man will be extracted and make possible the most tedious theme park the world has ever seen, and these titans of journalism can once again roam the earth.

Read, as they say, the whole thing.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention 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!).



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