Why Twitter is a “thanking vehicle”

When you think of Twitter, there are many terms that come to mind.... My initial impression of Twitter prior to my joining in September 2009 was about celebrities yakking on about themselves, and perhaps, a cynic would argue, not much has changed from the ‘old days’…! If all the world’s a stage, then Twitter is our loud, proud and at times infuriating soapbox. There are many reasons why I have a social-media free Monday; watching the #qanda stream is but one. Who needs 15 minutes of fam...
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Packer v Murdoch – the story behind the story

This week I listened to Mediaweek Australia's podcast chat with the writer and director of the recent TV show, Packer v Murdoch. You can listen to it here via their site. David Caesar offers some excellent insights into how the two-part series was put together and the back story to the Packers and Murdoch. Even though it didn't get to the 'magic million' (number of viewers) I watched both episodes with interest. It was a little weird seeing Tony Greig (oops - actor Alexander England) in th...
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Twitter – ‘I have the conch’… ‘no I have the conch’.

Has Twitter become Lord the Flies (that's flies - not fries)? That's the question that came to my mind during the week watching for some reason, a certain cricketer sledge an opposing team. At least this time he wasn't having to be beeped out. Having been on Twitter for a few years now, I think it's changed. I know I've changed my habits with it - (lists on Tweetdeck!) but recently I wonder if people on Twitter have been drinking some extra cranky juice? Simply put, I'm not getting the ...
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‘D-Gen’-erating (happily) to my late teens: Podcast of the week

This week as I ploughed my way through Twitter one night, I came across a tweet by Simon Owens (@SimonOMelb) mentioning his new Melbourne Radio Podcast and decided to go and download some of his interviews. The first one I listened to was with George Donikian, which I enjoyed. Then - ah, a name from the 90s, I thought - and I liked the shows this guest was on, so downloaded it got. Mention the phrases 'D-Gen', 'Late Show', and 'Frontline' to many Australian Gen Xers like me, and inevitably...
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Why Dicko deserves a pat on the back

I love reality TV; well, some reality TV. Ok, especially The Apprentice. The idea of driven, at times too-ego-centric people battling it out for themselves, or in the instance of Celebrity Apprentice, charity, appeals no end. I find the interactions and calculations, missteps and brilliant ideas and qualities of some of the competitors fascinating. Last season of Celebrity Apprentice Australia was noticeable for the Deni dummy spits. This season was cast, I thought, with a potentially more...
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693 reasons why MTR was always up against it

Melbourne Talk Radio, or MTR 1377, is no longer. The fact that the station hasn't worked is hardly a surprise when you consider that in the Melbourne radio market, history repeats itself. Firstly, let's recognise that as the station closes, people lost their jobs and any reflection about the station isn't about their work or their abilities. This post is about about, well, beating 3AW by trying to sound like 3AW. As history has proven, many have tried - and in my radio listening life (30 plus...
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Reviewed – High Wire Act: Ted Rogers, by Caroline Van Hasselt

Where to start in reviewing this 520-page tome? WHAT a book. This book is not just a biography on Canadian media / technology owner and magnate, Ted Rogers, although that's what I bought it for. It is much, much more than a biography, providing detailed insights into the personality and drive of Rogers, whose name adorns cable, sports, wireless and many other businesses in Canada. As well as the personal history of Rogers, the book goes into at times excruciating detail into junk bonds, merg...
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Breakfast on Ten worth a second look

This morning while waiting for a tradie to turn up, I sat down and checked out Ten's new Breakfast show. Partly I flicked from ABC News 24 because I wanted to see what Paul Henry was like on Australian TV; partly I wanted to see a program sorting itself out after having been put on air two days early to deal with Labor's leadership issue. I liked much of what I saw. To put it into context, 'breakfast TV' is on at our place for less than an hour each morning. Depending on who's got the remote,...
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TV: ABC doco On Trial; and a megmix promo mistake

On Trial Last night was the final instalment of the ABC’s On Trial – it’s one of those shows that you either watch, come back for more, and really appreciate, or miss because it’s not on your radar, it slips past and then it’s gone. Thankfully, you can watch the lot – all five episodes – on the ABC’s very good interactive site – it’s well worth it. I’ve rarely been inside a court – in fact, I can count each time I have – and two of those were on work experience, one was for Year 10 legal stud...
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Seagulls can’t eat chips if you don’t take the chip out of the bag!

This post is prompted by a discussion last night on Channel 10?s Before the Game and the conversation around a footballer’s recent tweet. My friend Trevor Young (@trevoryoung) and I were having a natter on Twitter about what had happened and that the media, days later, were still talking about it. The issue and content of the tweet is irrelevant – it’s the lesson that can be learned. Trevor rightly said The ultimate irony of course is the media loves this controversy – gives ‘em someth...
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