Posts by Brent Jackson

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Keith Ng,

    Maybe a rephrasing: Media isn’t (necessarily) responsible for the failure, but they are responsible for making it work again, because it’s their raison d’etre.

    I think that you are wrong about this, but only insofar as it is no longer media's reason for existence. Media is a business providing a return to its shareholders. The media is no longer part of the fourth estate, but are part of the entertainment industry.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to stephen clover,

    The Farrar angle is there now, under the heading 'Dirty Politics'.

    Interesting that the heading includes single quote marks. Is that because it is quoting somebody (ie it is in speech marks), or is this a use of scare quotes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 415 posts Report Reply

  • Access: You Can Call Me Brave Now,

    In that case, anything a person decides to do or not, is an act of bravery in the face of uncertainty.

    I think the degree of braveness is in the irreversibility of the option. Inaction is the easier option, so actively instigating an irreversible option is definitely brave.

    I fervently hope it improves your life.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to mark taslov,

    Interestingly, the first 10 comments were all totally against the Herald &/or the National Party. I normally don't read the comments (to avoid dismay at humanity), but all of these commentators were polite and made sensible statements. Is that a first ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to izogi,

    Tread on people like this instead of including them and they’ll do more than just disagree with you. They’ll start to hate you. National’s making sure that everything National is actually about John Key. And people who somehow haven’t been affected can’t understand why others “hate John Key” so much.

    Well put. Extremely well put.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Too right. 400,000 or so voters admitting having their vote affected by Nicky's book - that is way significant!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy, in reply to S-L,

    They should be preventing the next generation to be aware of the drugs in existence and change the way people think about taking it.

    I believe you need the opposite. You need the younger generation to be aware of drugs, and be aware of the potential problems with them. Withholding information is not the answer.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to tussock,

    Absolutely awesome tussock. Can we make this compulsory reading in all schools ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Mo' Nina, in reply to Tim Welch,

    Countdown Point Chevalier… not quite as terrible as it used to be

    I kinda wish I knew what it used to be like so I can appreciate how less shit it is.

    If you ever experienced a 3Guys Supermarket a couple of decades ago, then you'll have an idea - because that's what it was.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Toby Manhire's line

    or Winston Peters, whose bottom lines appear to be drawn by MC Escher

    is absolutely brilliant.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 415 posts Report Reply

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