Beyond Parody

Caroline Overington today wrote on rumours that Meanjin will be going online only (She’s agreeing with Peter Craven’s view that if Meanjin goes online only it will “cease effectively to exist”): Craven doesn’t mean that it won’t find an audience, and will sink like a stone in the swamp that is the web – although …

Fairfax and Finkelstein

The Finkelstein Report earlier this year: In considering the current state of the press in Australia, the Inquiry has given considerations to not only the submissions received but also to an extensive range of other local and international evidence. From this information the Inquiry has concluded that, despite the intense pressures facing it, the Australian …

Leading indicators

The central problem taken up by the body of scholarship reviewed in this Kevin Drum post is not lead poisoning. It is order. Nevin’s 2000 paper defines a preoccupation with public order (whose absence is registered as violent crime) and private or domestic order (whose absence is detected in the form of unwed marriage conception). …

Some writing

Just a couple of research related things that I thought blog readers might find interesting. First – I had a piece in Crikey today using Leximancer to crunch election coverage. The piece runs exactly parallel with some research I’m currently doing on election coverage in regional areas. It’s here (though paywalled, unfortunately.) Second – I …

Another reading post…

Busy, busy at semester’s end – a reading post will have to do for this week. Re-reading something that seemed poignant in the light of the US mid-terms, and to a lesser extent Labor’s current soul-searching and the bizarre turns at the National Press Club dais from the directors of the last election campaign: In …

Me at The Drum on The Drum.

Got a piece over at the Drum this morning, which goes over some stuff I’ve raised here earlier: Is the ABC illegitimately competing with commercial media outlets by offering online opinion with its online offerings? This is a separate question from, say, the manifestly spurious claims of bias that crop up about sites like The …