Press Gallery’s ‘Cult of Malcolm’ makes Apple fanbois look like amateurs: @YaThinkN calls BS

  If I have to see one more Press Gallery piece along the lines of ‘poor PM Turnbull besmirched by grubby Labor just because he is rich’ I swear I will scream. The phrases “Politics of envy” and “Class Warfare” have been so over-used in recent days and for the life of me I can’t understand why? Bitching about Turnbull living in a mansion is politics of envy. Raising the issue of your Prime Minister – the man who ultimately decides on who will be taxed in this nation and how much tax they will pay – CHOOSING to invest in an offshore Tax Haven like the Caymans is not […]

Selling the Budget, @YaThinkN is here to help #Auspol

Normally when the Federal Budget comes out we punters get rather amused at the excitement we see in the media. We giggle at seeing Kochie from Sunrise get his jollies about being in lock up, but unless there is some blatantly nasty stuff in the budget that will hit our hip pockets, we really don’t care too much. In fact, by the time the political talking heads have started discussing it, our eyes have already glazed over and we have moved on to more important things, like who are the front runners in The Voice or has Matt Preston’s cravats got louder? This budget is a different animal after a […]

Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called ‘Influence for sale’ business to inform us punters that all is good. If you don’t believe me, see below: Frydenberg on fairfax Hockey story: this is an absolutely outrageous story, there's nothing unusual or untoward in it — Kieran Gilbert (@Kieran_Gilbert) May 4, 2014 There is nothing wrong, let me repeat, nothing wrong with business […]

A pollie lied and actually got pinged for it! Barry O’Farrell gives punters Easter cheer: @YaThinkN comments

  Okay we all know that Sydney is the centre of the Universe; just ask every major paper and the TV stations. This week has been particularly bad for those that are not fortunate enough to live in the most important city in the country – yes, note use of sarcasm font there – with all the news being ICAC, royals, Badgerys Creek second airport, and finally the fall of Barry O’Farrell. Even the bloody NRL had only Sydney games on Good Friday. Now, being Easter and living in a pretty nice Queensland tourism spot, we have a full house of rellies and friends, so of course there has been […]

Finally! @YaThinkN’s inner #bigot has a chance to fly free with the repeal of 18C

By Noely Neate [email protected] Alrighty, I am all for free speech; hell, even ripe speech. You should hear me when a neighbour uses his chainsaw or dreaded leaf-blower on an early Sunday morning; my speech flows very freely. As an aside, the neighbour has red hair too, just saying. However, I was raised to be a polite member of society and whilst my rage and colourful language may be directed at my neighbour as I fume over an early morning coffee on the back deck, no way in hell would he ever actually hear my words. That would be rude, impolite and damn near cause World War III in the […]

The New Front Page: @YaThinkN reviews @timdunlop book

By Noely Neate 25 July 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au   As a punter, books written on media – particularly ones based on the relationship between traditional media institutions and the internet – fascinate me. I don’t want to be a journalist as I am quite happy in my small business, but I am an avid devourer of news who happens to work in the IT industry.  I include this disclaimer before discussing Tim Dunlop’s book, “The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience” to make it clear that I am not a media insider. I am the ‘Audience’ Mr Dunlop refers to. I see on Twitter the awful […]

Tomorrow when the war began: Australia’s ‘national emergency’

By Noely Neate 25 July 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au It’s not the movie, the wonderful Tomorrow series written by John Marsden where Australia was invaded but we never knew or were told who invaded us.  Today’s coalition press conference was a bit like that – we are being invaded by a group of faceless people who we need to take military action against. After Julie Bishop’s, Scott Morrison’s and Mr Abbott’s form in recent times regarding international relations with our neighbours we can only hope that much of this advice is invisible too and this plan never gets off the ground.  Basically the scare-mongering and fear hyperbole has hit critical mass in this […]

Let’s turn back the tide of media nastiness infecting our national psyche

By Noely Neate Source: Yathink.com.au 19 July 2013 What has happened to this country?  It’s the chicken and the egg scenario – are we drawn to sensationalism because it is handed to us by the media or do the media mete out the ridiculous hyperbole because the public demand it?  From the outside looking in, it feels like hysterical coverage cements both the media and the Australian public as part of a nasty, self-obsessed nation. Today alone we are told the biggest issue affecting our political landscape is the dreaded ‘illegal’ asylum seekers and that Kevin Rudd has to address this.  Really?  That is the biggest problem in this country […]