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ABC loses plot on ethics and news, citizen journos shine

by Margo Kingston 21 June 2013    Update 22 September 2013 Dear ABC Insiders, I note that you had Piers Akerman back on the Insiders program this morning after a three month hiatus following his heinous comments about Prime Minister Gillard’s sexuality on June 16th this year which resulted in many members of the public (including myself), complaining directly to the ABC. I think it’s fair to say, many viewers of the show have enjoyed this hiatus, and in fact, we had been hoping it would be permanent. This is evidently not the case. You waited until two weeks after the federal election to have him back on which I […]

A letter on our future from activist elder @GrattonWilson

Margo: Recently someone with a wise face followed me and interacted in an interesting way. I asked him to write for me and this is his response. I’ve made it part 3 of our series on new political activists, although he has been active his whole life. This piece is a new manifestation, and I’m crossing fingers Mr Wilson will agree to be @NoFibs climate change election reporter. By Gratton Wilson June 09, 2013 A few years back my wife let me play with her computer after I spent some time at the local TAFE, learning how the thing worked. That made it a whole lot easier to write letters to the local paper, usually commenting on […]

The genesis of the @ch150ch Abbott gaffe list

Margo: I’ve begun asking tweeps who’ve had a go at activism in the political sphere to write about their experience  for @NoFibs. Here is the first post of what I hope will be a series, by the tweep who compiled a list of Abbott gaffes which has already attracted more than 15,000 views. The  tweep has given me a good reason to be anonymous. By choosing @ch150ch May 15, 2013 The genesis of the Tony Abbott gaffe list During an interview with Leigh Sales on 25 March 2013, Prime Minister Gillard listed some of the ALP government’s achievements. To which Sales responded “Well, Prime Minister, you’ve given me a laundry list there, so let me give you […]

Time to get NBN active, GenY

By Steve Jenkin Source: http://stevej-on-it.blogspot.com.au/ May 6,  2013 Josh Taylor of ZDnet conducted a 45-minute “Communications Debate” between Conroy and Turnbull today. He did a splendid job with a couple of unruly protagonists not out of place in a kindergarden. My praise and plaudits to Josh: well done, for conceiving and carrying out this head-to-head. The most reported part of the “Debate” was when Conroy got under Turnbull’s skin and was called “a grub”. There are a few things about this “Debate” I think are imporant: Turnbull had a very informed and tech-savvy audience, yet maintained his argumentative, “content-free” style, reiterated vague generalities and platitudes and trotted out the same old electioneering phrases. The […]