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Hard News: We're in this together

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  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    And Capture: thank you for Capture Jackson in this year where I didn't contribute much or even comment but appreciated it all mightily.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Hebe,

    And Capture: thank you for Capture Jackson in this year where I didn’t contribute much or even comment but appreciated it all mightily.

    The Capture threads are a phenomenon. It’s like a group of us – Jackson, Jonathan, Matt Buchanan, Gary Henson and me – accidentally designed something great.

    Matt created a “photopost” template for Capture, which was also available to other blogs on the site. We also had this primitive legacy file upload feature in comments that no one ever used, but we tried it – and then Matt and Gary realised it needed inline images and turned around that feature in a few hours so we could launch with it. (Gary subsequently came up with the workaround for posting multiple images in a single comment.)

    Immediately, readers were having conversations in pictures. The key part of that was Jackson making it clear there would be no photo-snobbery: just post what you’ve taken that seems relevant. That was a really key vision. And as far as I can recall, no one has ever abused that posting privilege.

    Some Capture threads are more relevant to me than others, but having them there – and being able to participate – has been brilliant. They encourage me to take pictures and to think about what I’m taking.

    NB: This should probably all have been in the main post. Gizza break, dammit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Thank you, Russell, for the cheerful message. We need moments like this, to counter a feeling that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. There have been two other such instances this week : reading this morning of a detente between Cuba and the US, brokered by the Pope (as I declared to Josephine this morning, 'It doesn't come easily to me but I am warming to this particular Pope ') ; and being in hall with 900 British media students two days ago, who responded to call from youngGuardian columnist/author Owen Jones,,to stop demonising the poor and challenge the powerful. He was magnificent,

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to chris,

    And yeah, guilty of tub thumping, tendentiousness, being a bore, and worse, so I’m immeasurably grateful for your tolerance of my often injudicious longwinded posts.

    You try my patience sometimes Chris, you really do. But you’re still in the house :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Swain,

    During the holiday period, I like to read old PAS posts from the years before I started lurking here.

    Japan • Since Apr 2013 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Globalmitch,

    It is with some surprise (at how old I am) that I count myself amongst the readers here who have been listening to Hard News since it was a rant on bFM in 1991. In my first year at University in 1992 I read the morning news on bFM while Mikey was breakfast host and bumped into Russell most Fridays. Exciting times for a teen into current affairs I must say. Keep it up Russell, I'm still reading, even if from New York City, and 20+ years later.

    New York • Since May 2012 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    And I've 'listened' since the written version became one of my few connections back to NZ via usenet ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook,

    Public Address is a cultural treasure and Russell and everyone else who has made it what it is should feel a ridiculous level of pride.

    As a reader, lurker, and occasional commenter I have learnt so much here, and it has sent me down so many new paths and opened so many new doors.

    Please don't stop, ever.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 262 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Kia kaha Russell, and everyone else here. Have a good Christmas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10641 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Mark Easterbrook,

    Please don’t stop, ever.

    No pressure, then ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    For all that we revere Michael Joseph Savage, it is worth recalling that he not only nationalised all radio, he personally vetted the news radio put to air.

    Our radio are so much more independent these days, they don't need the PM to write their copy for them.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2213 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Our radio are so much more independent these days, they don’t need the PM to write their copy for them.

    Khrist that shirt's vile.
    About Savage's supposedly draconian control of the media, maybe a little context would help.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And Capture: thank you for Capture Jackson in this year where I didn’t contribute much or even comment but appreciated it all mightily.

    I want to also acknowledge Nora Legs prolific contributions there.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Stassee,

    Thanks Russell for a stimulating year on Public Address. I have been one of the many lurkers here - this is the first time I've posted - yet I read PA pretty much every day. I agree with your comments regarding this community. Post election it was essential for believing there were still like minds around. Your work is very much appreciated.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Stassee,

    Kia ora

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to steven crawford,

    I want to also acknowledge Nora Legs prolific contributions there.

    Thanks for the nudge Steven.

    Yes, Nora has been a sustaining force, and her contributions are always thematically relevant and excellent quality. Much aroha Nora.

    And of course Jonathan G, who has helped maintain the space from the get go. Shot, bro. Wouldn't be doing this without your encouragement and support.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    And Deborah, for being so measured and tolerant of grumpiness directed at her political party. Respect, Deborah, for volunteering to do the tough stuff.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to steven crawford,

    Respect, Deborah, for volunteering to do the tough stuff.

    A+

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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    Respect, Deborah, for volunteering to do the tough stuff.

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    And seeing the bigger picture of where this government has pushed us. I thank Nicky Hager for that too. Tremendous effort all round. He deserves person of the year and I hope he has a good break as with all the rest of you. I'll go back to unpacking boxes and boxes and boxes and.....

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    And seeing the bigger picture of where this government has pushed us. I thank Nicky Hager for that too. Tremendous effort all round. He deserves person of the year and I hope he has a good break as with all the rest of you.

    This so much, Even truth-seekers need a break every now and then.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    Late to the party, listening to "Good Times" and the sun has come out (Wellington can be like that), have a great Christmas Public Address and more goodness in 2015

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • David Cohen,

    Well done, Russell. I disagree with you three-quarters of the time, as you know, but I appreciate the way you value people who disagree with you three-quarters of the time. All the best for 2015.

    Brooklyn • Since Jan 2009 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to David Cohen,

    Cheers, David. And best wishes to you and your family for 2015 too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Tony Kennedy,

    Wellington can be like that

    'on a good day' :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Mandy S,

    Old time listener on the B here too. Can I just say that I think your contribution to politics, media and culture in this country has been a wonderful achievement Russell. It has also been a much greater and worthier contribution than that of a certain someone who had one of the first political chat shows in the country and then went on to head TVNZ news and now interminably works the pundit circuit. I speak of course of your voice clone, Bill Ralston.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 14 posts Report Reply

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