Blogging encourages brief comments, but is Planet Janet taking that to extremes? Here’s Albrechtsen’s Oz blog entry from Sunday night:
Why can’t some on the Left lighten up? Sunday, April 26, 09 (09:50 pm) LIKE a game of Where’s Wally for simpletons, it’s never hard to spot those on the hard left of politics.
And that was it. Was she interrupted mid-whinge (perhaps by Herr Albrechtsen taking her roughly from behind in a bee costume, it being the last Sunday of the month?) (cmon lighten up Planet, it’s just a joke). Or is this the new style — will be getting gnomic haiku from Planet asking where all the biros go, or why the washing machine eats the sox? Or did she upload the wrong file?
UPDATE: Turns out it’s a whinge about some people noticing that PJ O’Rourke is a burnt-out hack who was last funny around 1996, which doesn’t load from three of Planet’s four portals.
Personally, I think PJ’s hilarious — like Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldberg and others he’s spent most of the last four years keeping the right in a bubble of self-satisfied amusement, until they got beaten by a black Chicago ex-radical running against a war hero. Now that’s funny. Talk about your simpletons. — Guy Rundle
Radio watch. The things you hear when you listen closely — the comments, the asides, the sotto voce remarks. They might or might not be in the official program transcript, but they’re still floating around out there in the ether. Sunday morning, yesterday, Ian “Macca” McNamara on his nationwide radio program Australia All Over. In previewing the ABC television program Q & A next Thursday night, Macca suggested that scheduled guest Environment Minister Peter Garrett could “sing a duo” with program host Tony Jones on the subject of rising sea levels. Mmm, perhaps a hint of an internal view at the ABC that Jones may have gone too far out on the limb of climate warming in his questioning of sceptics? Or just Macca’s support for the warming scepticism he may have found among his rural listeners? — Crikey reader Mark Vernon
Channel 10 to axe The Simpsons in budget cut. The Ten network will axe The Simpsons and replace it with more news, extending the one-hour 5pm bulletin to 90 minutes. Insiders confirmed the financially troubled network says it can no longer pay the fee of $25,000 for each episode of the top-rating social satire. Ten says dropping The Simpsons would save it $6 million a year. By extending the news, Ten hopes to steal audience from the Seven and Nine networks in the crucial 6pm timeslot. — news.com
Wall Street Journal mini-site maps out newspaper woes. The Wall Street Journal on Friday launched an interactive mini-site that displays “adverse events” at the biggest US newspapers from 2006 to the present. Pressure on the Presses includes a US map plotting out events at the top 50 circulation newspapers. Users can drag a mouse over the market to get a pop-up description of problems at the individual paper. A color-coded guide indicates the troubles faced by the particular daily, including bankruptcy, reduced printed editions and closing. — Editor and Publisher
US journalists to face North Korea trial. North Korea has decided to put two US journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, on trial. They have been under arrest since they were detained on March 17 on North Korea’s border with China. The pair, who work for former US vice president Al Gore’sCurrent TV, were reporting on Korean refugees living in China. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said the reporters would stand trial “on the basis of the confirmed crimes.” The exact charges remain unclear. You can see the Facebook page for the journalists here. — Guardian
Boston Globe has a week to live. The Boston Globe inches ever closer to becoming the latest newspaper to shut down. Thursday, Janet Robinson, the chief executive of the New York Times Co., reiterated that the paper’s union has one week to agree to $20 million in concessions or follow Hearst Corporation’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer into the great newspaper bin in the sky. The Beantown paper is on track to lose $85 million this year. — Media Bistro
Twitter king Ashton Kutcher got punk’d. Kutcher ain’t no little guy. To state the obvious, he’s a genetically blessed professional performer (before he was an actor, he was a Calvin Klein model). Ashton Kutcher is not famous for his Twittering, but for his TV shows. If he had never been on TV, he would not have a huge Twitter following. If access to cheap or free digital megaphones were all that mattered, Estonian spammers would be more powerful than God. — Advertising Age