Ellen Fanning: “Isn’t it a bit silly that people in your position in political life are expected to tweet and blog on all this stuff, instead of just going out and talking to people?” Bob Carr: “I think it is silly. I think interest may have peaked. Look, all these blogs, I’m sure many of … Continue reading Is blogging really necessary?
Back in the mid 1990s, when Pauline Hanson was espousing her views on Aborigines – that they received more benefits than non-Aborigines – I noticed something I called “Fourth Beer Syndrome," or "Fourth Beer Truth Serum." The syndrome occurred in pubs, of course, and it went like this: One regular said to the other regular: … Continue reading Adam Goodes makes a point about racism
The judges of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award have decided not to declare a winner this year in the nation’s most prestigious prize for young writers. They said none of the entries had the “special quality” of previous winners, and it would damage the award to “pick a winner just because a winner had to be … Continue reading The Observer Effect: A TV show with time to reflect
“It's the worst Walkleys I've been to in terms of entertainment," a veteran journalist told Crikey.com.au media journalist, Matthew Knott, after the awards night on Friday, adding it was “extraordinarily dull.” Do you go to a Walkleys Awards night, expecting to be entertained? I don’t, although, of course, it would be a bonus. I go … Continue reading A night at the Walkleys
“Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea, the other was elected Vice-President, and nothing was ever heard of either of them again.” That witty quote came from Thomas R. Marshall, who just happened to be US Vice-President for two terms (1913-1921) under Woodrow Wilson. In his early years, he took to drink, … Continue reading Paul Ryan: The deer hunter who would be president
M.E. Sprengelmeyer. Remember him? I’ve written about him quite a bit. Most famously, according to M.E., on my blog last year when I recounted how the Sky News Sunday Agenda program wound up with him as a guest political commentator during the 2008 US elections when the well-known Washington Post columnist, E.J. Dionne, declined our … Continue reading No eyes on the prize