Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Island Life: So, what do you think of…,

    Stephen, you just reached the 2000 post mark, and I broke 1000. High five!

    As was discussed some time back, you deserve some kind of award. Maybe a Brownie badge?

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  • Southerly: Interview with Rodney Hide,

    And they get all their supplies through Tim the Groser?

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  • Southerly: Interview with Rodney Hide,

    I am glued to my screen, waiting on the next round of wit.

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  • Southerly: Interview with Rodney Hide,

    I could well believe this. Perhaps there is a parallel narrative concerning Phil Goff and laxatives.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    But anyone wanting to take a course in 21st-century "video editing" (and that is the context) does not need to spend months or a year learning about the history of television.

    Yes, but I am reminded of a colleague's comment that learning to use Microsoft Word is not the same as creative writing. Technical skills and the expression of them are thin and under-nourished unless you have the opportunity to know and appreciate the rich heritage of what has gone before ie the 110 years of film-making; the 70+ years of television making; the centuries of literature... My experience is that many media-competent students have technical skills, but nothing of interest to say with them. It is not necessarily their fault--a 18 year old with great Photoshop or FinalCutPro abilities often has not had enough life experience--with all its flux and flows, curiosities and contradictions-- to construct anything of interest beyond him/herself.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    Marvellous - is that following on from Robert Boyd-Bell's one?

    Sacha: yes, that is my starting point. I was originally motivated by the realisation that the 50th anniversary of the first official transmission is this year--and curious that there seemed to be little attention being paid to such a milestone. We now have John Bates 7-part doco series screening later this year and I am developing ways of recording responses to this, and other ways people can write of their experiences and memories of the second 25 years of television in New Zealand. Keep watching this spot!

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    I am deeply troubled by your assertion that anyone could learn the history of television in a weekend. My entire life is now a lie.

    I fear the same. I am currently researching the second 25 years of television in New Zealand (1985-2010) and, one year into it, I feel I need another 5 or so years to do it full justice (policy shifts, programming, technological change, audiences etc etc). So, it is not so much that we disagree with you holus bolus, Gordon. I reckon it is individuals responding to particular assertions you make, which tend to undermine the good stuff.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    That's defeatist talk, Geoff.

    You misunderstand me. I was suggesting that they wouldn't wash with the current bozos we have in power. Personally, I find much to admire in ideas from Finland and other other chilly parts of the globe.

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    Apologies 2000 words is too much for you, Giovanni.

    Well, initially I found it rather daunting, but I persisted as you have an easy, conversational style of writing, Gordon.

    Re Finland. In the past I too have used it as a model for various things eg its broadcasting system, whereby the commercial channels MTV cross-subsidise the psb channels of YLE1 and 2. Nevertheless, the Finns have an attitude to public responsibility and state intervention that would never wash here--in fact, Rodders would choke on his low-cal meusli bar, even to contemplate it (and Sir Rog might have a heart attack--but say no more). When I visited there some years (in the dead of winter), they were contemplating legislation that would mean that wealthier traffic offenders would pay proportionately higher for their transgressions than lower paid Finns. ( Maybe that would be a good idea--or base it on size of vehicle, with Hummer drivers having to pay X10 what a Honda Civic driver would pay!)

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  • Hard News: Research Fail,

    telling RNZ their budget could be frozen for the next 5 years.

    The current activities and soundings-off of Coleman look very much like political interference in broadcasting. I agree that NatRad is essential to the NZ broadcasting mix but I sometimes wonder who their audience is. Increasingly, I don't think it is me. I turned off over summer, not wanting to hear more of an extended joke that has worn thin (Matinee Idle), and the 'guests' they bring for the weekday pm Panel are just too much The Usual Suspects ie people who already have ample access to the public discourse, or are just too predictable. RNZ needs to be braver, take more risks, call on opinion outside the usual circles. liven up Sunday mornings. The programming on Saturday (am and pm) is the sort of stuff they should be doing more of, IMHO.

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