That and the priority placed on “accessing” over “critically assessing” politicians (or their functionaries) means much of the Fourth Estate functions as a gated community.
To be fair, it looks like "alchohol" if viewed through the splatter from some chthonic dimension.
Though those quotes weren’t then reported uncritically, as the soundbite for the story to the same extent we’re currently seeing.
Nevertheless, the problem of issues being buried in rentaquotes is hardly new: I once did an analysis of a story from 1990 (involving a case in which an Auckland homeowner shot a burglar) in which more than 3/4 of the subsequent press coverage was of politicians’ and activists’ opinions.
And to DC above: yes! If you know what the quote’s going to be in advance, it shouldn’t belong in a news story, you’d think. (Except, woohoo, instant conflict.)
I worked in the Drug and Alchohol sector
Interesting way of putting it; care to elaborate? The context suggests this may not have been in the supply side of the industry.
So basically, the test measures whether there was any consumption at all over an indefinite time period, and not whether the individual is currently functionally impaired – i.e., the test purpose itself is not at all parallel to the alcohol test, and reflects the focus on criminality rather than safety.
#JeSuis being “coined” for Charlie Hebdo seems an overstatement, too;
it’s basically #IAmSpartacus, innit?
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My mum'd think that had something to do with an ant infestation, and would be left vaguely wondering if she should toss her lollies as well...
We should be able to focus on two things.
yes, but there are always going to be many things in reality … just about everything, actually! … more important than wasting time on a mere symbol, and it would be nice if we could focus on at least a few of those.
Nice of “no-relation” Jones to troll in.
Where were we?
Oh, yeah, almost forgot: how to behave like grown-ups.
Or possibly a total cluster bomb.
Fucked up in all directions, anyway.