Community TV finally gets the digital green light: It has been a long, hard-fought campaign -but the Community Television sector sees a light at the end of the digital tunnel. The Rudd Government has finally delivered it the news it has been seeking: a switch to digital broadcasting. The Government will temporarily allocate vacant spectrum, previously known as Channel A, to the community broadcasting sector, allowing Community TV stations C31 in Melbourne, TVS in Sydney, QCTV in Brisbane and Channel 31 Adelaide to simulcast their services until the switch to digital-only television in capital cities in 2013. A new community licensee in Perth will commence digital-only broadcasts in early 2010. —TV Tonight
Some things can’t be boiled into a soundbite. Sitting and waiting as news cycle after news cycle rolls by, and as the Opposition berates you day after day in Question Time is uncomfortable at the best.
But in the last three weeks, after first selling the tough-on-border-protection message, then pivoting to the humane-towards-asylum-seekers as it came under fire from the left, the Prime Minister has had to acknowledge the shades of grey, the complexity in the Government policy at large and in the matter of the Oceanic Viking specifically. — Lyndal Curtis, ABC News Online
Metrotextuality? Get your hand off it. Men have become so openly affectionate with each other using mobile technology they’ve taken to signing off text messages to male friends with a kiss (x), giving rise to a new generation dubbed “metrotextuals”. New research from mobile phone firm T-Mobile reveals nearly a quarter of men (22 per cent) regularly include a kiss on texts to their male mates, T-Mobile said. — The Australian
How The Onion writes headlines. Headlines in the satirical weekly newspaper The Onion tend to function both as punch line and setup, in that order. They are the heart of the paper, and not only the first thing anybody reads, but also, unlike headlines in real newspapers all over the world, the first things to be written. The staff devotes the first two days of every week to composing headlines, then assigns the articles that will run beneath them and provide a body of supporting jokes. — The New York Times
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Ode to a dead magazine. In shock and disbelief … I took these photos of the last days of Gourmet. Although at times it was hard for me to shoot the common places in the offices of Gourmet, I knew I needed to document where I loved working the last eight years. — Kevin Demaria, The Last Days of Gourmet
Punch on at The Washington Post. It’s come to this: The Washington Post Style section, for years known as “the sandbox” because it was a playground for sometimes immature writers, has turned into a boxing ring because one of the editors was revolted by a story that came across his desk on deadline. — Washingtonian
Facebook users getting older. Facebook users are getting a lot older. Its median age is now 33, up from 26 in May 2008, while the average Twitterer is still 31, a figure that has remained stable over the past year. By comparison, MySpace users’ median age is 26, down from 27 in May 2008, while LinkedIn is 39, down from 40. — The Guardian
The app for nervous flyers. If sweaty palms and panic set it just at the thought of boarding an airplane, consider downloading Virgin Atlantic Airways’ new app based on the airline’s Flying Without Fear course. Targeted at jittery flyers, the program boasts a success rate of more than 98 percent. — Holy Kaw
Wee for Wii fined. A Sacramento radio station has been ordered to pay $16 million to the family of a woman who died during its “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest. The woman, who was trying to win the game console for her three children, died of water intoxication after taking part in the contest to see who could drink the most water without urinating or vomiting, the Sacramento Bee reports. — Newser
The Quentin Tarantino guide to creating killer content. There are few writers like Tarantino, and though his verbal carpet bombs and kinetic escalation of violence aren’t for everyone, there is no doubt that the dude follows his muse. Those who love him will eagerly wait in lines wrapped around the block to show their support. In short, Tarantino sells it every time. And by it, I mean an ironclad belief in the worlds he’s created. — Copyblogger