Totally recommended reading
The theme being – Future thinking
From the publishers:
Although the term and precise starting point might be disputed, many anthropologists believe that ‘behavioural modernity’ – when certain traits such as abstract thinking and symbolic behaviour are said to have emerged in humans – started around 50,000 years ago.
David Marr – The White Queen
From the publishers: Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation. In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s politics of fear, resentment and race. Who votes One Nation, and why? How much of this is due to inequality? How much to racism? How should the major parties respond to anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim voices? What damage do Australia’s new entrepreneurs of hate inflict on the nation?
Recommended: The Monthly April 2017.
This is a must read for the articles on the ALT-Right by Richard Cooke – who pulls no punches and tells it as we all know it but it seems few in the press are game to do – well done Richard; and then there’s a condemning article – with maybe far too much detail – but totally providing an accurate picture of the damage done to the NBN by Malcolm Turnbull and his pals. And what a cover!
A report that signals the ever increasing problems Australians have with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (the ABC) inaccurate reporting on issues.
An update on the issue of a misleading article in The Art Newspaper. Click here and scroll down the page to see the latest on this story
An open letter to The Art Newspaper( 29 July) plus correspondence (5 August 2016)
Over many years I have accessed the Art Newspaper and when appropriate have either passed on links or have posted articles online that have links back to the Art Newspaper.
Article and essays about the arts have become threatened species given the downturn in the newspapers.
The number of arts writers has continuously being reduced. So it is wonderful that a few survive.
Here’s a couple of perspectives on the so-called ‘stop the boats’.
Jack Waterford announced he was stepping down from full time employment with the Canberra Times. He is a great journalist.
Commentary: George Monbiot
There are lots of good commentators out there who have loads of intelligent views to offer. George Monbiot, author and contributor to the Guardian, is one of these people.
I have quoted from George before and have a few of his books.
First Dog on the Moon Lands on the Guardian
For those who have not been Crikey subscribers, their cartoonist, First Dog of the Moon, has been a big attraction.
Sadly for Crikey he has jumped fence and run away – all the way to the Guardian. So we can all enjoy him there now – with no pay-wall and even better – the Guardian has produced his cartoons in big print so he is now much easier to read.
Here’s the first cartoon – click here
Paul Costigan, 6 April 2014
Reporters have a choice: to either continue being regarded as untrustworthy, or to be seen as willing to hold the powerful into account. Here are my suggestions for better journalism:
PS: If the ABC could cease having politicians on Q & A, maybe the program format could deliver real debates and possibly become watchable. We need engaging commentators not politicians or their stooges on such programs.
Review: Visual Arts
America: Painting a Nation,
Art Gallery of New South Wales till 9th February 2014.
No matter would you have heard, no matter what you have been thinking, no matter what else you had planned for the next month, go and see this exhibition. Maybe twice.
Opinion: Cultural Criticism
The current state of Cultural Reviews and Critical Comment
Recently the Guardian ran an opinion piece on the Barangaroo development on the eastern edge of Sydney’s CBD. The author pointed out that she had been involved in the project.
I suggest that the author failed to declare that they had been more than just simply ‘involved’. In fact they had been a leading professional on the team that had won the design competition, that had then seen their designs criticised publicly by people such as Paul Keating, then had their wining design rejected by the client and a new design developed and the contracts awarded to other teams.
Flat Earth News, Nick Davies 2009
Nick Davies went out on limb as he has criticised his own profession. I suspect he did not win too many friends.
He was reporting on the facts based on his own research and experiences from inside the tent on what had happened to contemporary journalism and why we are now subject to so much ‘churnalism’. Continue reading Flat Earth News
Very topical speech, reproduced online in the Guardian Australia.
Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, has reproduced her speech on The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web.
It is long. A good read.