My 16 year old daughter, who has a rather wicked sense of humour, picked on two zingers in commentaries during the Winter Olympics..
The Austrians like to lead and dictate..
The Koreans like it from the rear
o And by the way, Scott Hamilton (aka maps)
Thanks for directing us to this site, Gio. It is rather excellent--and easy to post a comment (Mr/Ms 'Anonymous' is obviously enraged by the discussion).
Re Junior Kauriki. Through a chain of events, I was privy to the history of his early life. It was such a dismal story, it almost made me cry.
Mentioning no names but lechering might be a fitting description for several of my colleagues! I wonder, though, when one becomes a Senior Lecturer does it mean you leer at pensioners? I am a Associate Professor which, as I explain to people who know little about university titles, means that I hang out with Professors ;-)
Jake: there is no such thing as a 'lowly' MA student but there are plenty of examples of John Drinnan getting things wrong. Keep up the great work.
Seeing there is fun in the title of this thread, and it being Friday and all, some of you might enjoy the new tourist campaign created for the Danish Tourist Board by Lars Von Trier, http://www.theonion.com/content/video/denmark_introduces_harrowing_new
respect the non-molestation order my desk took out against me
I probably instigated this. This violence against desks has got to stop!
I wish John Drinnan would pause and think before he writes. I guess it ia all a matter of perspective--one of my beefs with NatRadio is that it is not radical enough nor sufficiently risk-taking. So, you get the tedious 'Views from the Right/Views from the Left' tosh, and a seemingly endless train of big mouthers, we-know-what-you-are-going-to-say guests on the Panel such as Michelle Boag, Richard Griffin, Joanne Black etc .
Thanks for the info on Jake Quinn. I certainly had no knowledge of him as a 'media lecturer' but that doesn't stop Drinnan elevating his status. I reckon he is doing a good job, even if he 'worked for Labour". After all, Steve Maharey was once a media lecturer and ended up doing some work for Labour.
404 on your Media Studies link, Geoff. You need to take the public address part of the URL out.
Apologies for being such a klutz. I just did the old double square brackets thing. If I can't fix it, I guess people can do a cut-and-paste if they want to access the website. But they should look at the offerings of other unis too.
My six year old wouldn't know what a radio was or how to turn it on and tune it
You really should introduce him to the joys of radio, to add to the joys of newer media. I added a turntable to my stereo system, just so my children could hear what vinyl sounded like. Just like I show Citizen Kane to my students or play them Bo Diddley's 1955 recordings, so they can share the rich heritage I grew up (there is an echo here of some of the arguments been made upstream in this thread?).
Media Studies covers a universe of possibilities. Indeed, I argue that it is the subject that fits best in the vanguard of changes in technology, production, distribution and consumption. Take a look at our website http://www.waikato.ac.nz/film, or the Media Studies community on the mega-education TKI site. Unfortunately we don't do nights but there are web-delivery options.
Robbie: I do acknowledge that change is happening but I don't believe it is as seismic a shift nor as dramatic as much of the rhetoric claims. This is based less than on what my children have done/are doing, than on the research I have been involved in, the hundred of students I encounter every semester, what my wife tells me (she teaches media in a large girls' school), what the network of media teachers around the country tell me.