Posts by Bill Bennett

  • Speaker: The plan against the rebuild,

    "In my view, too many city planners spent far too much of their youths playing _SimCity_,"

    This is both amusing and disturbingly close to the truth — especially considering the version of _SimCity_ we had (maybe still have) includes an earthquake hazard.

    The point about the best cities being _organic_ in a way _SimCity_ efforts are not is also vital.

    It sounds odd but it feels as if New Zealand cities, Christchurch included, are simultaneously over planned and under planned.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…,

    "General Manager of Content"

    After years of working in the media, I hear alarm bells whenever a manager uses the word 'content' instead of news, reporting, journalism or whatever. Remember advertising, editorial and propaganda are also all 'content'.

    There seems to be a direct correlation between the use of this term - in this context - and a drop in standards. I first heard it used by a media exec when I was in Australia working for Fairfax and Fred Hilmer - a man who hated news - used the term to describe journalists. Actually he said something to the effect that "journalists are only content providers' as if we were just shovelling words into the spaces between advertising.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Sectarian Bloodlust 2.0,

    Has there been any research on the effect social media has on rebel strategy and tactics? I mean in general rather than specifically to do with Isis.

    If not, I suspect it would make a good Phd topic and would answer questions like: "what is the Twitter equivalent of bombers dropping propaganda leaflets before ground troops more in?"

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Practically jokers,

    Sometimes I detect a strange resonance between Colin Craig and Tony Abbott. Anyone else think they have much in common?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Calling the race before it's over,

    "You can’t convince the voters if you can’t convince your own caucus."

    Would only be true if the caucus reflected the wider electorate or even the half or so who might conceivably vote Labour. I'm not convinced that's the case.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Killing Volume,

    It's hard not to come away from this wondering if the likes of APN, or for that matter Fairfax, have what it takes to survive in an online world.

    Momentum only carries you so far, being able to hire decent journalists and give them something resembling a career path helps. Being able to forge lucrative relationships is also part of the mix.

    Turning a decent nice magazine into folding green stuff is right at the top of must haves.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2012 • 6 posts Report Reply