The politics of subtitling. Recently, I watched a TV documentary about the proliferation of Nomura jellyfish in Japanese coastal waters. It was a shocking tale of the devastating environmental, economic, social and human impact of overfishing, global warming and marine pollution. All the interviews with Professor Shin-ichi Uye of Hiroshima University, the world’s foremost expert on Nomura jellyfish, were in English. He spoke English with a Japanese accent but fluently, accurately and idiomatically.

I found his speech easy to understand and so was surprised that someone had made the judgment that his speech was unintelligible to the degree that it needed subtitles in the same way that those speaking Japanese needed subtitles.  — Ingrid Piller of Crikey blog Fully Sic

Rugby World Cup letter of the Day. Goes to today’s effort in the Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette:

Front page of the day. Today’s New York Post dines out on Occupy Wall Street protesters dining out …

In rift between Murdochs, heir becomes less apparent

“It was a striking display of unity: Rupert and James Murdoch, father and son, walking side by side through central London as they faced a crisis that had laid siege to their company. Pushing through a crush of paparazzi on a street not far from Buckingham Palace, James reached out to place a reassuring hand on his father’s back. ” — New York Times

News Int knew ‘rogue reporter’ defence was wrong

“A lawyer who acted for News International (NI) over phone-hacking claims has told MPs he knew the company had misled parliament about the affair but he had not spoken up because of client confidentiality.” — The Guardian

ABC chairman lambasts partisan reporting

“The ABC must retain its pluralist culture — and resist the trend towards partisan journalism — to avoid the loss of trust being suffered by media outlets worldwide, the outgoing chairman of the ABC, Maurice Newman, said last night.” — The Australian

Net TV for business

“Live TV, distributed over the web: The very idea is disruptive to the cable and satellite companies that have spent billions laying cable and launching satellites. But it’s coming a little closer to reality with a new service from a New York-based startup.” — AdAge