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Hard News: For want of some purpose

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  • Steve Parks, in reply to Yamis,

    It's okay, don't worry. I'm fine.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1131 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Yamis,

    Alright, more seriously, it was a longish rolling kinda quake. Little to no damage from what I can gather. Mag 7 but really deep. No tsunami danger.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1131 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Felt that in Chch- long and rumbly but minor, like a truck driving past. And a small aftershock 15-20 mins later. Sounds like it was very deep, and off-shore. Hope Wanganui is ok!

    Simon has given a good, measured account of himself there.
    It may be measured, but it doesn’t really pass the logic test. At all.

    Pwned- with passion, precision and clarity. Now that's rare :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1463 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Yamis,

    Kinda depressing that it's my go to station when I can't recall being interested in a single thing it advertises in about a decade. And I'm probably starting to fall into their target age market as well. :(

    What about good old Radio NZ?

    And that North Island quake was a long one... but no damage so far.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4141 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    What the hell! I'm watching the Tour de France on TV now and the commentator has just said he's heard about a 6.5 Earthquake in Wellington and hopes everybody is alright. Talk about the information age.

    Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Felt that in Chch...

    ditto, but it went on for a while I thought, with lotsa creaking and slow shifting beforehand and then the visceral kicker which made the house feel like it was adrift and being slowly and jerkily eddied about, the 'aftershock' (11.07pm-ish) I think was based here (off Brighton)...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4629 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Nicely described, to which I'd only add that it didn't feel like, you know, one of ours.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3357 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Islander,

    I may get Freeview – but it is uncertain the service is available in the wopwops.

    Terrestrial Freeview may be a no-go but if you have a Sky dish all you need is a Freeview satellite box, same satellite (Optus D1).
    I too have ditched Sky but they keep sending me bills and refusing to accept I cancelled. Am I liable for those bills if I can't prove I cancelled?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4640 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Nicely described, to which I’d only add that it didn’t feel like, you know, one of ours.

    Well put Ian and Joe. The sway and rock was insistent here, so much so I thought it was going to be bad for Wellington or Kaikoura. P or S waves or something -- horizontal not the vertical smash of February 22 (my large heavy dining table jumped from hip level to shoulder height then; no pre-shake just crash smash up and down). I was 2km from that epicentre and learned that shaking and rolling means you are further away from the epicentre. Just thought you'd like to know....therapy moment over.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2568 posts Report Reply

  • Graham Dunster,

    The latest Save TVNZ7 email has just arrived, with an interesting statistic - their online petition had 36,155 signatures but their Facebook page only has 9,603 thingys (unspecified).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 126 posts Report Reply

  • chelfyn,

    "When, long before Media7 was conceived, I suggested that back-catalogue episodes of Horizon (which remain very popular on the torrents)"

    ...and there's the answer right there. When broadcast TV fails to meet the needs of the viewers, they find the content elsewhere. The choices of TV programmers are increasingly out of sync with what people really want to watch - just look at the top torrents, top youtube clips or compare what classifies as (push) TV news compared with reddit (pull). people want science news and cat pictures, not murders and celebrities (although I must admit, "celebrity murders" would probably get me to tune in, out of a grim fascination with the vile depths of broadcast TV) .

    Wellington • Since Jul 2012 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Myles Thomas, in reply to Islander,

    One possible reason they target youth is that youth are more likely to be sucked into buying stuff because they see an ad for it. Maturity brings the ability to ignore the voice that demands you to 'buy!'

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 92 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    Maturity brings the ability to ignore the voice that demands you to ‘buy!’

    True but the business model of broadcast TV means that the viewer is no longer the customer, they are the product and advertisers are the client. It's a mixed up crazy old world we live in, the more mature you are, the less people listen.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4640 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    True but the business model of broadcast TV means that the viewer is no longer the customer, they are the product and advertisers are the client. It’s a mixed up crazy old world we live in, the more mature you are, the less people listen.

    TV quickly displaced radio. And I desperately want to agree with the likes of Bruce Simpson, but right now the Internet is struggling to do the same with TV, despite being the next logical step.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4141 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Interesting,

    Under proposals announced by Rupert Murdoch News Corporation is to be split into two operations.
    One will be focused on newspapers and one on entertainment.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10817689

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4141 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to DeepRed,

    right now the Internet is struggling to do the same with TV, despite being the next logical step

    .. because of the existing industry fighting hard to defend its model

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16444 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Sacha,

    because of the existing industry fighting hard to defend its model

    And I've made the first start by refusing to subscribe to SKY(NET). Now if we can convince enough people to do the same...

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4141 posts Report Reply

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