Posts by Sacha

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  • Hard News: Swine flu and swearing,

    Heh. You weren't thinking of this one from their home page?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: KIlling it will be the easy part,

    Does the "seabed" in this context include exploration rights to gas/oil and jurisdiction over using water/seabed for energy generation (tidal/wave generators)?

    I imagine those might constitute some of the "competing allegiances" Hilary alludes to. I don't think there is a strong iwi presence on the Southland coast where the current oil rush is going on, so less fraught than the rich aquaculture pickings of Nelson. Tidal Cook Strait or Kaipara Harbour might prove interesting.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Swine flu and swearing,

    The offensiveness is even more basic than that for me - the idea that there should only be one show, when we make up one in five of the population. Who the f$%k do they think pays for their funding?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Swine flu and swearing,

    I can imagine that, Steven. Was I also stroking a cat?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Swine flu and swearing,

    I know what you mean but I'm not PC, Hilary, and I don't think Sally was using it with either malice or laziness. I found her story about broadcasting funding being turned down because Attitude was the only disability show instructive. We need a wider market of disability representations. Then we could have a broader conversation amongst the different ways of understanding it, not just amongst academics.

    What annoys me is the spending of public funds in ways that undermine the official position government has signed up to in the NZ Disability Strategy and the UN Disability Convention. Most of our scarce research funding is still spent in clinical frameworks that amount to poking disabled people with a stick and recording the noise they make. Archaic and doesn't help at all.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Lockwood Smith: "Part of Me…,

    fashion advisor to David Lee Roth

    I had to roflmao about that line.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Swine flu and swearing,

    Thank you for the feedback. I just saw the show myself for the first time - busy week. I looked as tired as I felt (note to self - don't close eyes even for a moment while camera on). Also seem to have unconsciously adopted my old radio habits of nodding lots rather than making noise. Maybe caffeine would have helped after all, though my head may have fallen off.

    I'm not sure about Philip's final point - was the first time I'd heard that particular criticism too. My issues with Attitude (discussed in the Attitude Awards thread last year) are more about the individualised elite sports worldview and well-intentioned fixation on the wrong group of people's attitudes. However I personally think it's fair enough to select presenters who present well - and the show is designed to reach a mainstream audience who happen to love Sunday mornings. People shouldn't be doing jobs just because they are disabled (although it helps in some areas). Many disabled people aren't obvious - does that rule them out of on-air roles?

    I had to reassure Sally afterwards that I'm not particularly PC about the language either - just aware of its power in change, something I share with Philip (although I'm possibly a little more pragmatic).

    Before we had seen his clip played, Curtis and I were talking about those evil words we know to listen out for - "suffer", "confined", "bound", "despite", "overcome", "special", "normal", "brave", "inspiring" and so on. We get a lot of that in the media and it's just not good enough. Thanks, Russell, for creating a chance to chip away at it.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Jackson: A Life?,

    Spammers have no conscience - anything that provokes a click will do.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Jackson: A Life?,

    I remember reading that "Which Giovanni" post. Must have left before "Dell laptop lcd screen" commented.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Jackson: A Life?,

    Not Russell, but the answer is yes, definitely.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17368 posts Report Reply

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