May 27, 2014

Media briefs: Guardian’s colonialism … feeling blue … Kimye kaptured …

The Guardian is still sending Brits to our shores to pacify the natives. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Age of empires. More than a half-century ago one of the more interesting books on Godzone country was published. Australian Accent was a selection of essays by John Douglas Pringle, a Brit sent out to edit The Sydney Morning Herald. It was far from accurate — Pringle hung out with “The Push”, so remained convinced that there were plenty of Australian wharfies who were wont to quote Nietzsche at the drop of an haitch — but it was interesting enough, and hung around in second-hand bookshops well into the 1970s. By then, it was a relic — imagine a Brit being sent out to edit an Australian newspaper as a matter of course!


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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: Guardian’s colonialism … feeling blue … Kimye kaptured …

  1. Pete from Sydney

    slow news day today Jake?

  2. AR

    Spurned suitor, Grundle?

  3. citizen k

    It’s not only the Guardian. Have a look at our public broadcasters – where a growing proportion of commissioning editors and other decision makers are Brits. These people make the lion’s share of decisions about, for example, the documentaries we watch. Their commissioning decisions determine where public subsidy goes…The cultural cringe has been quietly seeping back into Australian life for a decade or so now…

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