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Dec 19, 2013

Crikey says: a year of unmagical media thinking

The business-as-usual report on global surveillance. Why Tony Abbott has it wrong on green energy. Guy Rundle on Tim Wilson's ideological demons. The Crikey Awards: does any title deserve newspaper of the year? What we've learned from the footy drugs scandals. Australian satire: it's permanently broke. And a requiem for train robber Ronny Biggs.

A final lament this year — indulgently, because somebody has to — on the state of Australian media. Today we award the best of it; individuals at least, because the organisations that support good journalists are letting them down.

You try picking a publication of the year. The News Corporation tabloids are barely profitable fluff that turned feral during the election; the failing Fairfax metros aim higher but the delivery is remarkably thin. The Australian‘s admirable focus on national affairs is tarnished by its vendettas and weird obsessions; The Australian Financial Review is blinded by its readers’ interests and increasingly irrelevant due to alarming circulation declines. And commercial television and radio is a wasteland of populist pap.

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One thought on “Crikey says: a year of unmagical media thinking

  1. klewso

    For sheer mediocrity you can’t go past our media, owned and run as most is.

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