The Oldie scathing re Uluru’s Yulara resort The May issue of the British monthly, The Oldie (edited by the co-founder of Private Eye, Richard Ingrams) includes a damning review of Uluru’s rock-side resort, Yulara, by Oliver Bennett. The full page report concludes: “…we saw a squabble develop between a tight Aboriginal man and one of the workers. Beside the bar was a notice: ‘The whitefella brought grog, and the community can’t handle it.’ We realised that not only was Yulara a rip-off, but the place was riven with political unease; a microcosm of liberal post-colonial angst, in which a toxic mixture of condescention to ‘spiritual’ natives combined with high commerce and an insincere deference to tradition – which might in any case be false. A dump with a geo-political twist.” — Ava Hubble
Taste and decency AWOL at SMH The Sydney Morning Herald’s bar measuring taste and decency seems to have dropped another level. Surely they don’t think it appropriate to link a story about an actress believed to have committed suicide to an Opinion article entitled “What kind of happiness to pursue?” – an article written by Caroline West who just happens to be speaking on the subject of happiness at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, of which SMH just happens to be a Major Partner? The tile on the front page linking to the story about Lucy Gordon’s apparent suicide followed by a link titled “Happiness”, and classing it as “related coverage” on the page with Caroline West’s article leaves me just about speechless.
— a Crikey reader
Ken Judge’s Hitler hilarity face palm. Ken Judge, Hawthorn premiership player and former coach of Hawthorn and West Coast, these days finds himself behind the microphone calling AFL games for the ABC. And it was in this role that Judge has rightfully caused dismay among ABC listeners, and probably now to a wider audience, when during his commentary in the West Coast vs. Collingwood match on Saturday night he said of fellow commentator John Dorotich’s waist line: “You are bigger than Hitler’s last gas bill.”
You can listen to Ken’s brain fade here.
Democracy won’t die with newspapers What I object to the most is the idea that democracy will suffer as newspapers fall, as if journalism and newspapers are the same thing. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, I believe the Internet may save journalism. Take, for instance, Talking Points Memo, an online publication that out-hustled mainstream media publications to get the story on the Bush Administration’s firing of U.S. Attorneys across the country. New online publications like The Washington Independent, the Gotham Gazette, and New West are springing up across the country to answer the call for new and better and more meaningful journalism. How will it be paid for? In lots of ways. Newspaper people, grown fat and lazy on one particular revenue model, want to replicate it online. Not going to happen. Instead, a multitude of models are developing. — The Bipartisan Report
Tweeting one’s narcissm Author and New York Times Magazine columnist, Rob Walker, is having a reaction to the glut of self-promotion unleashed daily in the social space. After reading this piece in Fortune where the writer says, “I have literally been Facebooking and Twittering (some say frittering) all my content away!” Walker offers this meditation on the state of things:
Hmmm. The thing that stopped me here was the phrase “my content.”
Thinking, meeting people, moving through the world — this used to be your life.
Now, I guess, in the time of leveraging your personal brand via online social networking connections, it’s your “content.”
Nice catch. When properly prepared content is a wonderful thing, but there’s a lot of sloppy thinking out there. BONUS MATERIAL: Look into this mirror of astonishing clarity called Tweeting Too Hard. — AdPulp
Average time on sit still low The average time spent at newspaper Web sites is still relatively low — an individual spends an average 11 minutes a month at the nation’s top 30 newspaper Web sites. In April, only half of the top 30 sites increased the average time spent per person, according to Nielsen Online data. However, the Web site of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis can claim that readers spend more time on the site — an average 40 minutes in April — more than any other newspaper in the top 30, besting the nationals NYTimes.com, USAToday.com and WSJ.com. — Editor & Publisher