Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Capture: Two Tales of a City,

    I thought I might just slip this in here, as it is also a story about Christchurch in the 1930s:



    Seminar; Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 12 Wai-te-ata Road, KelburnWednesday 26 February 2014, 4.10pm-5.00pm

    Geoff Lealand
    Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato

    'This beastly publication': The Shirley Temple vs Graham Greene
    civil libel case of 1938

    As part of my current research on Shirley Temple 'double' competitions in New Zealand in 1935-1936 (an investigation of fandom and cultural memory), I encountered the High Court of Justice (UK) civil libel case of 1938, when Twentieth Century-Fox successfully sued Greene and the publishers of Night and Day magazine in wake of Greene's review of Wee Willie Winkie (John Ford, 1937).

    The review suggested, amongst other things, that Temple's admirers were primarily 'middle-aged men and clergymen' who responded to 'her dubious coquetry', and it is regarded by some feminist writers as possibly the first exploration of the sexualisation of young girls in cinema. Nevertheless, there are a number of recent re-interpretations of this case, as in Gaylyn Studlar (2013), Precocious Charms: Stars Performing Childhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema.

    The significance of this case will examine, as well as other ‘literary’ connections to Shirley, an investigation of the child film star (with a particular New Zealand inflection). This presentation will also reflect on contemporary manifestations of Temple-like celebrations of early girlhood, such as reality TV star Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (USA, 2012-2013)

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  • Hard News: Bad Judgement, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    There may well be a university policy on computer use (eg be cautious and courteous in replying to dumb inquiries from your students) but I don't think I have ever read it. Universities do have extraordinary opportunities for freedom of expression but I just wish it extended to all sectors of society.

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  • Hard News: Bad Judgement,

    This really is a distraction and very small cheese. So, if I use my university email address to forward on messages from Labour or the Greens, I am breaking some vow?
    There are more than enough National toadies and shills for vested interests (eg Mike Hoskings) working for TVNZ and TV3. What of Tony O'Brien, whose job it is to spread genteel corruption around Parliament on behalf of his employer Sky?

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    OK, based on an online sample of 320 journalists, which is regarded as adequate (95% confidence level) for this 80+ country survey, In many ways this survey didn't surprise me, given that it pretty much replicated the general tendencies of previous surveys I have been involved in je the typical full-time journalist in NZ is likely to be female (57% in this survey, the same figure as in the 2097 survey), slightly left-if-centre politically, and most likely to have a university degree, specialising in journalism. A majority (82%) are happy in their work, but fewer than half (44%) rate the quality of NZ media as above average to excellent. More rate it as average to poor. This latter finding might need some thinking through--can we assume that they want to see improvements, or perceive it to be a structural problem? Most (74%) would resist any increased regulation of the NZ media.

    There is a lot more to write up.

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person., in reply to Lilith __,

    We have been paying $15 a month for a couple of years, so they probably only need a swag of modest contributions,

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    Sorry...Damian, of course. What might be useful to this debate would be to summarise some of the significant findings from the 2013 survey of NZ journalists, which James Hollings, Grant Hannis (Massey) and I did as a contribution to the global research Worlds of Journalism.

    I am about to write this up for publication, It would provide a good overview of the major characteristics of journalists in NZ, if people are interested,
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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person., in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yes, I think praise for good work is what we should do. One current example--the cover feature by Mark Broatch on 'binge TV' in the latest Listener--especially as he tells me he hasn't got a job at the Listener after Feb 28.

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    Greetings, Naomi. This is a good place for a debate and I hope this one continues. Similar discussions sometimes pop up on the Kiwi Journalist FB group but people there tend to get easily offended by criticism and several leading journos have flounced off recently.

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  • Cracker: How Media Made me a Bad Person.,

    Thanks, Damion. You are doing good work. But, despite the prospect of sounding like a stuck record, it is not about journalists, journalism or even news organisations--it is the blind belief that ratings are the only measure of success. Most journos don't know how TV ratings and radio surveys work, but have to believe in them. I do harp on about this (most recently in the latest Listener) but it is time such a poor measure of what people actually do with media was scrutinised, to be found flawed and misleading,

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  • Speaker: Colour coding Jonestown,

    Thanks, Simon. This is so enlightening, explaining a mess and a muddle in a manner I haven't encountered before.

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