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text Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' is You Michelle Nichols via rialator, Sunday, Dec 17 2006, 10:47am
NEW YORK, Dec 16 (Reuters) - You were named Time magazine "Person of the Year" on Saturday for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.
international / mass media / other press

text Meat Sheik, Anglican paedophilia, and non-regulation Jewish foreskin nano, Sunday, Oct 29 2006, 8:07am
This past week in Australia has been ‘fundamentally’ outstanding; dim-witted fundamentalist religionists vied with each other for top billing in the local media. Never has the nation seen such retarded behaviour from so many diverse religious groups. The prize for fundamentalist imbecile of the week however goes to the Muslim cleric Sheik al-Hilali for his retrogressive reference to women as “uncovered meat”. He unashamedly placed the responsibility for rape and other sexually violent acts onto women; men were exonerated on the basis that “uncovered meat” is sexually provocative! The local media now refers to the cleric as the “Meat Sheik” and continues to sensationalise aspects of the story.
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Multi-Kulti Art from Tijuas image Australian 'Public' Broadcaster becomes Government Media Outlet Cleaves Editorial Team, Monday, Oct 16 2006, 9:40am
The Australian Public Broadcaster -- "your ABC" -- has been re-shaped to become a government media platform. The 'new' editorial policy is designed to curb the "perceived" bias in presentation, said Mark Scott, the new managing director.

For a very brief nano-second we all thought that Lateline would forego its role as the Liberal Party's mouthpiece -- but no such luck. (story and 1 image)
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Mel Gibson is only human image Discourse and Social Reality salamander, Thursday, Aug 3 2006, 2:07pm
The major communication mediums of the world continue to bombard the public with images and descriptions of the Israeli-Lebanon conflict. The media works tirelessly to deliver our social consciousness. Today’s mass media maintains its status as the principal means of creating and sustaining social realities. The internet-based ‘independents’ lack real independent front-line resources and continue to rely on the mainstream for most of their information (much to their chagrin). (story and 2 comments and 1 image)
Last Commented Friday, Aug 4 2006, 5:39pm
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text The Starving Millions and “Kylie Minogue’s Ordeal” finch, Tuesday, Jul 4 2006, 7:28am
It’s called distraction, shifting focus, drawing attention away from the real issues that beset the majority of humans on the planet. We are all anticipating another round of distracting emotive images on our televisions; things are not going well for the powers, it’s time for another ‘circuit’ of abuse awareness commercials, always topical and a guaranteed mind-shifter. The public consciousness is a well-managed resource – never doubt it!
international / mass media / opinion/analysis

'Proof' image Al-Zarqawi and the ‘Superpower’ nano, Wednesday, Jun 7 2006, 6:07pm
The Australian ABC has posted a bulletin announcing the death of the Jordanian punk, Al-Zarqawi, a petty criminal elevated to a position far beyond his street gang mentality, capability or stature! The ‘headline’ of June 8, 2006, reads:

“Terrorism in Iraq 'not over' despite Zarqawi death
US President George W Bush says American special forces "delivered justice" to Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, by killing him in an air strike.” (story and 5 comments and 1 image)
Last Commented Sunday, Jun 18 2006, 5:21pm
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text The Public Speaks for Itself gan, Monday, Mar 20 2006, 1:06pm
As mainstream media and unrepresentative governments narrow the scope and range of social discourse, the public network has exploded with millions of ‘voices’ that continue the public discourse in a social space conveniently created by the forces that fear free expression most. The blogosphere is without competition as the primary body of free speech in today’s digital age. It is not unexpected that the content and character of independent speech is in contrast and opposition to the mainstream discourse of minority interests. It would seem that attempts to limit and tailor the social debate have resulted in unexpected consequences. (story and 1 comment)
Last Commented Friday, Mar 24 2006, 11:11am
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text Issue or Distraction peptide, Wednesday, Jan 25 2006, 1:50pm
Today’s right-wing political strategists have developed an effective technique to manage or direct the public’s attention. They have adopted Straussian methods of political deception. (story and 2 comments)
Last Commented Sunday, Jan 29 2006, 3:52am
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This is not a pipe image Myth is 'reality' fingers, Friday, Jan 20 2006, 12:27pm
In "Simulacra and Simulation", French social theorist Jean Baudrillard argues that our "postmodern" culture is a world of signs that have made a fundamental break from referring to "reality." (story and 2 images)
international / mass media / other press

text Bin Laden to the Rescue finch, Thursday, Jan 19 2006, 3:34am
In a desperate attempt to retrieve the tatters that is the Bush government, Bin Laden has again come to the rescue – perfect timing! Who remembers the last major announcement from the person who has done more to assist Bush than any other man on the planet? It was during the last presidential election when Bush was in desperate need of an alarmist boost. (story and 4 comments)
Last Commented Tuesday, Jan 24 2006, 12:26pm
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text Howard’s Line peptide, Friday, Aug 5 2005, 5:09am
Since the London bombings the Australian mass media has been serving up a steady stream of garbled diatribes from local radical Muslim clerics. One wonders why these fanatics have been kept ‘on tap’ by local security agencies. But after a week of media ‘interviews’ with these unrepresentative Muslims, all becomes clear! Conservative (government) political strategists and media consultants are behind these latest ‘media events’. These relatively easy to locate (moron) fundamentalists are utilised to good advantage by the Howard government and some local political commentators as a means of distracting the public’s attention away from sensitive issues for which the government is directly responsible. It is hoped that public anger, in the likely event of a terrorist strike, will be vented on the local Muslim community rather than Howard and his stooge government.
international / mass media / opinion/analysis

text Media Strategies and Revolving Spin peptide, Saturday, Jun 18 2005, 9:33am
Should anyone be in shock or awe over the fact that Bush, Blair and Howard still lead their respective governments? What are the results of international exposure regarding the lies they promulgated in relation to the Iraq invasion? It is highly unlikely that any of these leaders would have survived the public outrage generated by these exposures in a historical setting a few decades earlier. But today leaders are comfortable in the knowledge that the public is not as it was and times are not conducive to integrity or public outrage.
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