People & Ideas

Oct 27, 2009

Are we witnessing the death of the shock jock?

The position of the shock jock on our airwaves is becoming increasingly precarious, writes Luke Williams. Is radio heading towards a younger, user-generated and more democratic style of broadcast?

Shock jocks are people whose need for attention outstrips their talent. To stop us noticing their inability to sing, dance, act, tell a funny joke or even put together a logical argument – they resort to outrage and insult. They’ve spent so long burying insecurity under aggression and put-downs, they’ve managed to make a career out of it.


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3 thoughts on “Are we witnessing the death of the shock jock?

  1. skink

    Perth – chilled out and tropical – WTF?

    excuse me while I go outside and check if the mangoes are ripe.

  2. Bullmore's Ghost

    Alan Jones a “shock jock?” The only way he could shock me would be to ‘out’ himself. I’m not holding my breath.

  3. Raymond

    Guy Rundle’s copy is schlock, does that make him a schlock jock?

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