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Friday, 6 November 2009
Opinion: Glover ABC 702 hashes New Media debate
Mood:  energetic
Topic: big media

We caught the Glover radio show yesterday while living our New Media lifestyle - driving a box of activist files to a chicken farmer at Mangrove Mountain.

No conference attendance at Media140 event. No interest in Facebook or twitter either which are just Sienfeld style fodder for Big Old Media on so many levels.

Here is an open email to Glover who is amongst the better Big Media practitioners:

Richard, you 'hashed' the discussion on new media and even you didn't sound convinced.

It's demonstrably NOT radio to television again because the set up costs are so small making the proverbial printing press AKA the web available to everyone.

It's relevant but insufficient that Old Media continue with big ratings.

Big Media now know they can be contradicted with evidence ... publicly .... referenced by google search. No doubt that creates fear and loathing. Too bad, suck it up. It also creates a better editorial process.

Secondly, who are journalist sources? Experts obviously. But the experts are cutting out the middle person and blogging it themselves.

Now corruption in the Big Media is better exposed as overpaid, patronising, intellectually corrupt or simply wrong and that's essentially why web 2.0 exists. To promote freedom from corporate hegemony.

Social media is indeed like Seinfeld trivia but that's a straw man argument beloved of Big Old Media. It's the serious blogging that keeps you on the run.

Like exposing the generally excellent ABC news errors of '400 barrels a day' figure for that oil leak at West Altas. The figure is a company estimate contrary to evidence to Senate Estimates (Economics Committee) by Federal Dept of Environment officials on 21st October 2009 at 'up to 2000 barrels a day'. Easy to find via the web.

The other day ABC said it was 'hundreds of thousands of litres' spilled. But even at company estimate - 70 days x 400 barrels x 42 gallons per barrel x 4 litres per gallon = millions of litres.

Like also the Poll Bludger blog on crikey.com.au with over 1000 comments since last Monday night on the latest Newspoll much more probative than Maxine McKew on Q&A last night. Indeed Q&A is simply a parade of the Establishment.

And so on ....

Anyway, I do enjoy the tone of your work this last year too. You seem to have reached a happy space in your life.

Yours truly

Tom McLoughlin, solicitor/editor


Posted by editor at 7:30 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 6 November 2009 7:39 AM EADT

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