Posts by Joe Wylie

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    What little exposure I've had to post-structuralism has left me with a hankering for a first-person-shooter-type game where you drive a laundry van through the streets of Paris, scuttling stray semioticians.

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  • What do you want them to play at your funeral?,


    Sadistic Mika Band

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    I am thinking, for example, of Galtung & Ruge's analysis of the factors which determine 'news value'; which is a good starting point for examining conventional wisdom and self-confirming practice in journalism.

    Crossed my mind to give a thumbs-up to that when you mentioned it earlier. Having done a rather mediocre stage one communications paper (not at Waikato) not so long ago, the concept of 'news values' was the most valuable thing I was exposed to. While it no doubt has much in common with the concerns of "PoMo", it's straightforward, lucid, and easily grasped and, provided one takes the trouble to apply it to the real world, empowering.

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  • Hard News: Quantum Faster,

    Those who advocate the deconstruction of the work of lesser mortals tend to take it badly when it's their turn to be deconstructed.

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  • Up Front: Keeping it Weird: A Night Out…,

    The The Canterbury Pilgrims & Early Settlers Association has lowered the bar so that anyone with ancestors who hit the dirt prior to October 31 1876 can join. Which kind of begs the old Groucho Marx question, would you want to join a club that would accept you as a member? Anyway, somehow I don't think that welcome extends to Ngai Tahu.

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  • Up Front: Keeping it Weird: A Night Out…,

    There's a chapter from Mary Anne, Lady Barker's hard to find Boys in Peter Hunt's Anthology of Children's Literature that provides a remarkable portrait of early colonial Christchurch. A gun-toting bogan ventures out to the colonies hoping to indulge his boganist tendencies, only to find himself hopelessly out-boganed. 1850s Christchurch is shown to have its present-day bogan underpinnings already well in place, with the gullies along the Sumner road strewn with the wrecks of runaway drays, and drink-addled solid citizens paying five pounds apiece for imported thrushes and blackbirds, while threatening mayhem to anyone who dares take a potshot at their feathered friends. Plus ça change.

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  • Up Front: Keeping it Weird: A Night Out…,

    One of the peculiarities of "first-four-ship-worship" is that they were comparatively late in the play - . . .

    It's a wankfest on stilts. After all, there were over a thousand honkies of all persuasions established in the Canterbury area when the first of the "first" dropped anchor.

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  • Up Front: Keeping it Weird: A Night Out…,

    if it's not one of the first four, it might as well be number seven million and forty bloody eight! now get to the back of the queue girl!

    True enough, but the list is here. A bunch of mine arrived steerage on no.freaking 13 (no banjo as far as I know). What kind of ship do you reckon that would that be, Giovanni?

    (btw, it's not only people from chc that make dull-brained assumptions based on where a person went to school...)

    Not quite true. That peculiar form of class-based bum-sniffing is rampant on Sydney's lower North Shore.

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  • Up Front: Making a List, Not Bothering…,

    Which is because these laws are enforced by elected prosecutors. People who can get votes out of being 'tough on crime' can also directly prosecute offenders.

    In light of that, it's hugely ironic that Australia, and in particular the Australian Labor Party, which has made a big issue of the separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary ever since the 1975 dismissal of the Whitlam goverment, is at the forefront of this contrived populist puritanism.

    Ten years ago it was a splendid wheeze on the part of the media to bail up a gormless One Nation candidate and mock their yokel incomprehension by hitting them with a curly question on the separation of powers. Rudd's slickly packaged puritanism is turning out to be far more dangerous than any of Hanson's garbled initiatives.

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  • Hard News: Onwards and upwards,

    That's because it's considered uncool among cockies to open one's yap any wider than the merest slit. Or so Murray Ball told the animators during the making of Footrot Flats, the Movie.

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