Just because I saw the headline and thought, 'Oh, it might be an arts press release.'
Apparently Finlayson is tweeting a series of reasons (#1 - Frankfurt book fair.)
Anyway, Finlayson's announcement of this was immediately recast by Dave Armstrong:
Shortly I’ll be tweeting reasons why I think we’re at the beginning of a #goldenage in the political satire sector in NZ
Dude has a point.
Scoop's coverage will be at http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/budget2013.html
It’s worth recalling that this whole thing began when he attempted to take a knife onto a commercial flight.
Like it's not the screening he objects to so much as being required to obey the rules.
I can't help noting it would have to be larger than the standard 6cm pocket knife blade, which is exactly the size that have been allowed on domestic flights since 2005.
The thing about the TPP is we are all whistling in the dark
Well, there’s been a fair quantiy of draft-leaking, and countries have varying degrees of openness about the current agreement and their negotiating position. That said, my impression of the drafts is they are a big pile of options.
This guy http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/12/03/canada-weighs-in-peter-clark-on-the-tpp/ (in the PDF) seems to go through positions country by country.
Just because it happened to be around today – Neil Gaiman repeatedly mentions the ‘changing the world’ thing:
Nah, I'm calling it: it's knowledge.
It's the equivalent of "comics aren't just for kids any more!" - it looks like an exciting story to someone who hasn't been paying attention.
Tech saw the way specialist fields get treated in Parliament during the file sharing debate, and they saw it from the media ('these people think you should be allowed to download anything you like') then, and now.
“accessing the information wasn’t easy”
I'm guessing WINZ would happily send someone on a course to develop the skills it takes.
Speaking of getting sued though, we should recall we live in a world where Colin Craig can get a right of reply to Steve Braunias implying his (Craig's) house was under seige by relentless homosexuals.
if our laws protected satire and parody better
The issue at the top of people's minds tends to be copyright over source material (though possibly trademarks have led to more court cases).
Incidentally, a recent thing that probably failed the reasonable-person-would-get-it test which I think would apply in a defamation case was the matter of The Stench.