Apr 17, 2018

Ozwatch: filling the pages with empty extremes

The Australian serves up contentless optimism versus contentless pessimism. Beats sober analysis I guess.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


A nice little double in today's op-eds in The Australian. The last stage of capitalism may not be imperialism or monopoly, but Pollyannaism -- the desperate appeal to an optimism devoid of specifics. Nick Cater has one of these, which he's written umpteen times before. Kiss of the whip this time is that, in a column on "optimism", he has this line:

Christopher Pearson, a former columnist for The Australian who died in 2013, noted the deep-seated pessimism in the rhetoric of global warming ...

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9 thoughts on “Ozwatch: filling the pages with empty extremes

  1. Nudiefish

    Crikey should pay you some sort of nausea stipend for reading Nick Carter’s drivel. Or, perhaps it is the office punishment for leaving your dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher.

  2. paddy

    LOL Sheesh Nudiefish. As if there’d be a dishwasher (or even a sink) in the Crikey bunker. 🙂

    1. Nudiefish


  3. zut alors

    That’s a gutsy move reading The Oz, darn sure I’m not up to it. We will take comfort by assuming it was a giveaway copy & nobody actually paid for it.

    1. Rais

      You paid for it Zut. So did I. Unaccounted Federal Government gifts to Newscorpse out of your taxes and mine and although I haven’t seen the inside of a copy of The Australian for a long time, I’ll bet what little advertising it contains includes a substantial percentage of Government adverts.

  4. Teddy

    The Australian does seem to have several writers (Cater, Kelly) who are able to submit whatever they like, and it gets published in its entirety without editorial scrutiny – without any concern for consistency of tone or for that matter, coherence. And this media company has Rundle, who seems to have the same privileges.
    But I’m really not sure who Crikey thinks this endless snark about The Australian is for. As GR’s fanboys here have indicated – no one who reads Crikey takes any notice of The Australian. So who cares?

    1. Nudiefish

      Not to mention those grumpbois who get all teary at anything that GR writes.

      Weird that in the captured media environment that Australia enjoys, independent commentary about the status quo is uninteresting?

      I care, for one.

  5. AR

    Not sure grundle should be the one to mention grudge matches, given his bouts with the usual suspects.

  6. DF

    Stuff like this makes me a happy subscriber.

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