Topic: big media
We've written in the last year several times about the amazing number of pubs around Holt St base of News Corporation in Sydney, publishers of the Sydney Daily Telegraph. They used to be quite cocky about their alcoholic escapades in the past. We even did a photo gallery of the pub circuit getting up to about 12 hotels within one city block, not including brothels or restuarants. This was last year sometime during the big 'binge drinking' controversy before the Rudd federal govt regarding the so called alcopops tax, given those drinks are for recruiting children into a lifelong habit. Good tax that.
We made collages of the full page daily adverts for booze indicating high revenue dependence of Sydney's highest circulation newspaper. And now again above are 3 full pagers from 7th January, 1 from 8th January, and 3 from today close to full page adverts. Drink up boys. It's your 'Australian culture' of binge drinking. Hence the befuddled highly violent internecine arguments at a western suburb? Hence angry people in poverty lashing out at the press and law? How much better if there was no booze in this equation?
Hot weather up to 40 celsius for 3 days is bound to create irritable suburbs, and probably drives excessive beer drinking. Every year in summer there is a set formula 'riot' story with a few variations around say race, or Bondi Beach or whatever. But why the social approval for that excessive lifestyle in the bastion of moral rectitude that is the 4th estate? Could it be it's simply a case of money talks?
Over at the Sydney Morning Herald they have probably been taking the booze adverts too, but less so? And they have been running a series of stories exposing a cynical 'grassroots' campaign by hotels to free up drinking laws again. Keep going, teetotal Police Comissioner Scipione, keep going! We do approve. Like cigarettes and gambling it's a woeful waste of money and opportunity for a better life.