Posts by Thomas Beagle

  • Hard News: The Big Chill,

    I'm feeling pretty happy with my submission to the Law Commission that a) where possible, protections for journalists should be extended to everyone, and b) if they're not available for everyone, they should be available to anyone "acting in the role of a journalist" regardless of whether it's their 1st or 1000th article.

    http://techliberty.org.nz/new-media-submission-opposes-media-regulation/

    Of course, they ignored it. :)

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  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    I bet you were really thinking "Sphere of Effluent", right?

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  • Southerly: How I Became a Grumpy Old…,

    I'm still giggling at: "Apologies to Russell for going the way of The Listener in terms of subject matter. The good news is that my house hasn’t made me fat."

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    I'm going to quote myself (because no one else will do it!) from something I wrote in 2008 ( http://thomasbeagle.net/2008/06/03/a-climate-change-manifesto/ ):

    "That humanity would rather ride the spiralling corpse of the current ecosystem down into the abyss than voluntarily give up the modern consumer life style."

    The sad thing for me personally is that I've had a kid since then and when I contemplate their future I feel our collective failure even more keenly.

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  • Feed: Saints Preserve,

    Damn all Aucklanders and their oh-so productive feijoa trees!

    (I think we're going to get two wee feijoas on our Wellington trees this year. Maybe next year...)

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  • Hard News: Growing up in public,

    I wish I could think up something witty to say about your "Social Media Export" typo.

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  • Hard News: The judge is not helping,

    It seems wrong that Slater can't get the same protection that journalists get when he's acting as a journalist.

    It seems especially unfair that any "journalist" republishing wire pieces and industry PR in a newspaper will have those same protections, purely because of their publisher.

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  • Legal Beagle: Think it possible that you…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    The NZ Council for Civil Liberties is not the monolithic body of group-think that you obviously imagine. :)

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  • Legal Beagle: Think it possible that you…,

    That was a good article and I generally support the idea of "more free speech". I think I'll have to read it again to pick out some of the arguments.

    But one immediate comment I have is that I didn't really notice people proposing to boycott the advertisers on the Radio Live show. What I did see was more of a "Do you really want your company to be associated with these people's ideas?" and the advertisers responding, either out of cowardice or principle, "Actually, no, we don't want to be associated with this."

    You could respond that this is just a question of semantics, that the impact is the same, but I think it's an important distinction because there was no threat to the advertisers.

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  • OnPoint: BTW, the NZ Police can use…,

    I'm still kind of annoyed that @techliberty got its highest number of retweets (55+) for linking to your article rather than from any of our own work. :)

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