Who does Alan Jones think he is to speak to the Prime Minister like that?

I was completely appalled to hear how a well known radio personality in Sydney spoke to the Prime Minister of Australia on air. The details are outlined well by Barrie Cassidy on The Drum in Liar, liar, shock jocks on fire; and you can listen to the entire interview here. This radio shock jock berated the Prime Minister of this country on air for arriving … Continue reading Who does Alan Jones think he is to speak to the Prime Minister like that?

A lucky country indeed …

Even though it was once said ironically, it has always seemed to me that Australia really is the lucky country. Our national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, sums it up: We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil… Our land abounds in nature’s gifts… We’ve boundless plains to share… In recent times the troubles of far off places like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and others have … Continue reading A lucky country indeed …

More thoughts on revolutions #Egypt #Tunisia #Bahrain #Iran #Libya

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the … Continue reading More thoughts on revolutions #Egypt #Tunisia #Bahrain #Iran #Libya

Australian citizenship, ceremony and ritual

A friend invited me along to his citizenship ceremony the other day. He’s terribly excited about becoming an Aussie after living here for a number of years. We went to the newly refurbished Sydney Town Hall and the Lord Mayor, wearing her Lord Mayoral bling, gave a lovely speech. Several hundred people from all over the world gathered to receive and to celebrate receiving Australian … Continue reading Australian citizenship, ceremony and ritual

Public discourse and private citizens – how free is freedom of speech? #groggate

A recent disclosure that a Federal public servant has been blogging about matters political in his personal time has come to be referred amongst Australian journalists and bloggers alike as #groggate. There has been much discussion about the rights and wrongs of this unmasking of a pseudonymous blogger who had the temerity to question the efficacy of the retinue of journalists who were following the … Continue reading Public discourse and private citizens – how free is freedom of speech? #groggate

Twitter, commonsense and journalism #groggate

I’ve been observing the discourse in the mainstream and social media worlds about the ‘outing’ of the blogger Grog’s Gamut – the so-called #groggate. Craig Thomler has made an excellent aggregation of the various sources of comment. There were two things that really irritated me recently: Firstly an article by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker titled “Why the revolution will not be tweeted“, and … Continue reading Twitter, commonsense and journalism #groggate

Warning: I’m probably going to tweet a fair bit about #OzPol & #media140 this coming week

Because, along with the witty and intelligent @neerav @smurray38 @grogsgamut @paulwallbank, I shall be in Canberra blogging and tweeting about Media140 Oz Politics. This event is on Thursday 23 September 2010.  There’s a fascinating line up of speakers and I’m expecting that my brain will be buzzing with ideas. The agenda includes: keynote addresses from US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich and GetUp Director, Simon Sheikh talks by … Continue reading Warning: I’m probably going to tweet a fair bit about #OzPol & #media140 this coming week

Tolerance: freedom of speech, thought, association and discussion

It has been very interesting (during the 2010 Australian federal election campaign) to watch people advocating freedom of speech on one hand and then getting upset when people with differing views speak out. The intolerance of opposing points of view has really resonated with me. It makes me a bit sad that we are not always able to have a free and frank discussion of … Continue reading Tolerance: freedom of speech, thought, association and discussion

Risk management and real communication

I was reading a post by Dave Snowden that really got me thinking. In his post, From oratory to the soundbite, he discusses the changes in how our politicians engage with us.  Noting the change from the days of Lloyd George, who would speak for an hour without notes and engage with hecklers in the audience, to that of the manicured and controlled soundbites of … Continue reading Risk management and real communication