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Noel Turnbull

Adjunct professor of media and communications at RMIT University.


Come in Spinner: the worst PR disasters of 2012 — or were they?

Come in Spinner: the worst PR disasters of 2012 — or were they?

January 18, 2013 2 Comments

What were the 10 worst public relations disasters of 2012? Well, it depends on what you classify as PR -- and how the company/person/show is faring publicly once the scandal has died down.

Come in Spinner: death of the man who shaped the rhetoric of the Right

January 10, 2013 7 Comments

Albert O. Hirschman's The Rhetoric of Reaction is important because it explains how conservatives oppose change and what sort of narratives they use to do so.

Come in Spinner: life in the political advisor wilderness

December 17, 2012

What do political advisers do when their team loses and can no longer work for the government? Usually they head off to a lobby group or law firm to bide their time.

Come in Spinner: tale of two Catholic clerics, 50 years apart

December 6, 2012 3 Comments

While George Pell generates plenty of controversy, so far he has yet to meet the levels of Archibishop Daniel Mannix -- the subject of a new biography. There are some interesting parallels with the current crop of Catholics, writes Noel Turnbull.

Come in Spinner: is there anything original in politics?

Come in Spinner: is there anything original in politics?

November 26, 2012 5 Comments

It seems many anecdotes are just recycled versions of stories about pollies from other generations rather than authentic memories. Do all pollies just plagiarise from their predecessors? And is that OK?

Come in Spinner: bad news for pundits who predict false prophecies

November 16, 2012 2 Comments

How do we judge the political pundits and economic forecasters that roll up to give us their predictions, only to be proven completely and utterly wrong? A Nobel prize winning scientist is calling them to account.

Come in spinner: the dangers of journalistic innumeracy

Come in spinner: the dangers of journalistic innumeracy

November 8, 2012 7 Comments

The media’s inability to grasp the hard numbers and complex reports is good news for PR companies. Just not for society's greater understanding of issues.

Come in Spinner: Americans unconvinced by climate dogma

November 2, 2012 1 Comment

Despite the well-funded groups in the United States that push climate sceptic propaganda, more Americans than ever believe in climate change and its links to extreme weather.

Come in Spinner: the perpendicular pronoun in business and politics

October 12, 2012

The lengths that politicians and business leaders will go to convey leadership and responsibility can mean some very irritating language choices, writes Noel Turnbull.

Come in Spinner: Alan Jones and the crisis management strategy

October 1, 2012 5 Comments

Alan Jones probably didn't seek PR crisis management advice before delivering his apology to Julia Gillard yesterday. They would have told him he handled it very badly.