I sometimes wonder if the Serco thing is more than just misplaced ideological faith. Is someone in a high-up position of authority pocketing big from all this? In other words, something nearly approaching Mark Ciavarella of kids-for-cash infamy.
Another semi-recent burger rant:
You know who fucks up burgers more than anyone else in the world? Australians. Australia has no idea what a burger is. They put a fried egg on their burger. They put canned beetroot on it, like a wedge of it. I am not joking you. This is how they eat their burger.
Methinks he didn’t make it to NZ.
We call it the Kiwiburger.
Not surprisingly, the Nats sacked the nanny!
And I assure you, this column is not an outlier.
Is 'fiddling while Rome burns' the polar opposite of 'nanny statism'?
If 'nanny statism' was the knockout blow for the Clark Govt, then 'fiddling while Rome burns' could be the same for the Key Govt.
Not gonna happen. Apart from anything else, being big and cross-platform might be the only way to survive and prosper in the new media environment. It’s not a good time to be an indie.
Yep, while the Internet has proven to be a disruptive force to old media, it hasn’t caused it to collapse but rather caused it to consolidate. Even then, NZ needs a Royal Commission to look into the whole affair. Bonus points if Tony Fitzgerald, Ray Finkelstein, and Brian Leveson can be on it.
And the only thing Mike Hosking is missing right now is a giant telescreen.
It’s more like this: Hosking’s thoughts are automatically echoed in the Herald because Newstalk ZB and the Herald are part of the same company, NZME, and Hosking is one of NZME’s banner names. The company wants both to promote Hosking and reticulate traffic through its different media assets. (TVNZ is basically an add-on to this.) Over at Mediaworks, an increasing proportion of what you see and hear is also in service of another part of the company – and that will become even more the case when Mediaworks’ events venture gets up to speed. In both companies, commercial radio provides the profits, meaning radio calls the shots. If there’s a conservative influence, that’s radio.
I sometimes wonder if overseas trends of media consolidation have arrived in NZ. It'd be worth a look by the Commerce Commission, if it hasn't already been plagued with regulatory capture.
I suppose I am a bit late with this news but I am so pissed off that I had to post it somewhere.
Dita De Boni @KeepingMum Aug 9
Hi all. In answer to questions, it is true the Herald has discontinued my column as of three weeks from now. Reason given = budget
I wonder how much of that budget has been diverted to buy Mike Hosking another Ferrari?
I think it probably has more to do with having no motivation (and in fact more or less the exact opposite) to challenge natural human psychology and the existing status quo.
Which is why it often, and unfortunately, takes a Great Depression-grade crisis to push through meaningful change.
This offers one theory. Strays a bit to far over the paranoia line, in my opinon (I don’t (quite) think the system was designed like this by some sort of shadowy billionaire illuminati cabal).
We've been conditioned to blame everyone below us for holding us back instead of those above us, for the simple fact that the delusion that anyone can be a CEO just happens to be a very powerful one. And people generally don't like to admit that they've been on a fool's gold rush.
Its not difficult to make the mistake of referring to people who live in poverty as a problem that can be read in the same way that rat infestations are a problem.
Or, taking the "War on Poverty" a bit too literally.
If Labour do not demonstrate for voters right now that they can work constructively with progressive allies, we will get another term of the incumbents. Labour’s caucus and party are kidding themselves if they imagine getting to 40% this time.
A big part of Helen Clark's victory in 1999 was when she buried the hatchet with Jim Anderton, who had quit Labour a decade earlier in disgust.