A media performance by John Laws on the ABC's 7.30. He's a performer with an eye for the backdrop, the clothes and style. It all says 'excess'. The knife is turned on Alan Jones over the latter's remarks about the Prime Minister's father at a Young Liberals Sydney University function, whilst Law's disdain for the media is upfront.
The broader context here is that print is giving way to screen and young people are gradually turning away from the TV screen to computer and mobile screens. Hence the decline in the popularity of printed newspapers. Digital technology isn’t destroying journalism--- “it’s destroying the business that subsidized journalism. So it needs a new form of subsidy.
More worrying though is the declining trust and confidence in the media as many journalists assume that they are entitled to their own facts as well as opinions. The future of journalism may well be the Alan Jones model:---confirming and shaping the opinion and prejudice of their fragmented audience.
Like many politicians in the Liberal Party Jones doesn't care for the facts or what the fact checking journalists say. Jones' position is that he is entitled to his own facts, over rides the fact checking with bluster and bullying, declares a cultural war on the watch dog press that judges truth from falsehood, and tells his audience to be outraged at their victimhood.
So we tune into the Murdoch press for the latest Gillard Labor outrage that is written up in a way that is designed to reinforce the partisan political divide with deception and deliberate, carefully crafted falsehoods.
| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:44 PM | Permalink