It's not just the art sector that end up elsewhere.
That inter-web thing, it's really quite good at overcoming physical isolation. As NZ suffers a touch from that physcial isolation thing a touch, I think that not investing in building up the platform & skillsets from which NZ Businesses can huck their wares (esp services ) is absolutely foolish.
So we continue to remain dependent on primary production of goods that we've got to ship or fly all that distance to consumers overseas.
Buliding a cycleway, or pinching money off network infrastructure projects to build roads & upgrade state housing, has one hell of an opportunity cost....and we will probably have to play catch-up later...when that competitveness-ship has sailed a bit further and the costs are higher as per David Skilling's ideas regarding the peloton effect.
NZ could stand to be a big winner, but instead...
The thing that annoys me most is that the cyclepath idea is the flagship in terms of infrastructure spending. It doesn't really pitch NZ forward in terms of creating a platform that growth can be subsequently built upon.
So after we all finishing opening services to cater to cyclists, perhaps we'll return to real estate funded growth as the primary means of creating economic growth, whilst we wait for the riches generated from cycle tourism to fall from the sky like West Coast rain.
Where is the consideration that maybe a bit more funding infrastructure for the knowledge economy and exporting our skills via the platform that the rest of the world is laying massive networks to support? Sure there is a significant dependence on imports to provide many of the physical products required for this, but perhaps if a strategic investment had been made earlier the local engineering & manufacturing sectors, we'd be in a better position to supply the gear that's needed now....rather than pinning our hopes of an feat of economic magic on a project disguised as a cycleway because of it's low import dependence.
There are huge swathes of BBC factual programming that local broadcasters either have shoved at them in unattractive packages or can't buy at all.
I wonder how much of an impact it would make if the BBC allowed it's factual content to be freely available to all. I sSuspect allowing those ideas to float freely to would make a bigger impact to global democracy than flushing money in unwanted foreign conflicts. Making the content available for only the former colonies sends a message about two standards existing, which in my view is not positive.
It rankles me slightly that TVNZ blocks international traffic to it's factual content. That knife, it cuts both ways.
Allowing information of that kind to flow freely is like making the big torch of democracy available to those who feel they're trapped in a room darkened by barriers of one kind or another.
Radio NZ interview regarding a study on the risks of older fatherhood.
Seems to confirm what elder siblings will perhaps claim to have intrinsically understood since the arrival of younger siblings.
just posted on that other casino/kindle/pseudo-copyright thread a link to Radio NZ tech interview mentioning Kindle, Copyright & licensing....oh and everybody's favourite Andrew Dubber...who strangers were coincidentally mentioning to me in the bar after James Boyle's lecture...who needs a Bacon-number, when it seems a Dubber-number is so much more in vogue?
When all this openess, particualry in terms of networks is apparently so good, Radio NZ interviewee identifies the use of closed & proprietary networks to huck ebooks for the Kindle.
Also mentioned is Google's threat to end access to premium youtube content for licensiing reasons.
I was just thinking that it would be interesting to hear from Geoff Chapple, he who wrote the book 'Te Araroa - The New Zealand Trail'. Anyway National Radio has done exactly that. (in which Jim Moira sounds more than a bit like Paul Holmes in the intro...this is the first occassion I've noticed this and hope this observation doesn't ruin things for anyone).
It was hearing about Geoff's book that got me thinking about walking the South Island a few years ago (perhaps 2002). I had even arranged a holiday to start a chunk of the process at that time, which was scuttled by breaking a bone in my foot 10 days prior to the planned start date. Subsequently having been introduced to cycle touring by some friends, cycling struck me as a more efficient use of time.
Personally I'm not such a fan of cyclists and pedestrians sharing the same path because they don't tend to mix well. Also the terrain that is good to cycle (with a load) is a bit different from terrain people are inclined or interested in walking.
It would be great to hear from people who've walked it, or done both.
The other things that were apparent to me after attending last night's lecture, is that the discussions that have taken place in these threads are both more grounded in the real world (as opppsed to theory) and ahead of academic thinking...well at least ahead of the lecture circuit's portrayal of academic thinking.
I thought both those things remarkable and a big tick in the box that says we're not completely wasting our time....even if it feels a bit that way from time to time.
sorry ommitted a word.
Institutionalized bias is bad, except where it's duly promoting access rather than creating barriers. (but I guess even that is subjective & hotly debate...I hope my intent is clear)