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Noel Turnbull

Adjunct professor of media and communications at RMIT University.

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Yes, and no, the answer to many questions

Yes, and no, the answer to many questions

June 16, 2011 2 Comments

The concept that many major questions need a yes and no answer can hardly survive in an environment in which three word slogans and invented narrarive are substituted for reasoned discussion and analysis.

Come in Spinner: Adshel reaction to safe sex ads a case of what not to do

Come in Spinner: Adshel reaction to safe sex ads a case of what not to do

June 2, 2011 4 Comments

Adshel failed the first issues management test because it panicked after some 30 calls complaining about gay safe s-x ads in bus shelters and rushed into taking action.

Jury’s still out on the Blanchett-Caton carbon ads

May 30, 2011 7 Comments

No one can really judge whether the Blanchett-Caton carbon ads are any good until research is done on community reactions.

Come in Spinner: royal wedding a traditional PR framing device

Come in Spinner: royal wedding a traditional PR framing device

May 6, 2011 3 Comments

The recent royal wedding is instructive for many reasons, but probably mainly for illustrating the effectiveness of using tradition as a framing device.

Another Anzac Day and some new angles

April 27, 2011

It was moving to read in The Sunday Age a story reporting that records mapping the location of 3906 Vietnamese soldiers killed and buried by Australians during the Task Force operations had been given to Vietnam.

ADF into the heat of battle

ADF into the heat of battle

April 13, 2011 14 Comments

Stephen Smith could be described as a brave man -- even a hero -- in the real sense of the words rather than the debased usage much of the media and many militaristic politicos have adopted.

Chutzpah and the nuclear campaign

March 24, 2011 5 Comments

Anyone imagining that the nuclear industry is reeling in disarray and on the defensive after the Japanese disaster ought to think again.

The gelt or the gold

The gelt or the gold

March 3, 2011 1 Comment

Sport is not only big business but also an activity where hugely disproportionate returns accrue to the most successful.

Come in Spinner: Gillard’s carbon price campaign outguns Rudd’s

Come in Spinner: Gillard’s carbon price campaign outguns Rudd’s

February 15, 2011 23 Comments

If Kevin Rudd had approached his mining tax, and the emissions trading system, in the way Julia Gillard is approaching the carbon tax, he might still be Prime Minister.

The pants on fire test

The pants on fire test

February 8, 2011 6 Comments

If so many US citizens believe in fantasies, and Pants on Fire ratings are needed for politics here and there, equally much of what people believe about PR and its history is wrong as well, writes Noel Turnbull adjunct professor media and communications RMIT University