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  • Lyndon Hood,

    Hey, what happened to my asterisks?

    I think the system decided you were writing a bold ( asterisk asterisk bold asterisk asterisk) empty space.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    Warning to AGW deniers - Tesco's are coming.

    Tell me our farmers and shouldn't be thinking about carbon neutrality...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Robeson,

    This seems appalling behaviour from the Listener. Oh well, never mind. It's not the sort of publication that wants to wade into these sorts of issues. You don't get to be magazine of the year by doing that. Lets get a few more pieces on how much we are spending, the battle of the bulge, what our children did on the weekend, make over tips...

    those kind of things...I seeing in the back of Metro one of their clippings..only it was the Listener contents printed as a joke under the headline "Dude where's my women's magazine?"....going back a year or so from memory...

    sorry Russ...don't mean to be so biatchy on your thread about one of your places of publication!!

    Since Feb 2008 • 87 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Smith,

    Business is flocking to the global warming scenario in droves, but we shouldn't think that that is because they think it's caused by man's environmental mismanagement. They only support it becasue it's in their own self-interest to do so...much like our politicians.

    Since Jan 2007 • 150 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Was ever a word more heavy with the promise of tedium, more swollen with delusions of relevance

    "Sunday"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Robyn: your comment is A+++ excellent. Not everything on the internet is written for you.

    Paul:

    the feature about the woman who, when she is not having sex with strangers, works in PR.

    Many would say that those two things are metaphorically exactly the same.

    Tom: "Sunday": heh.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • adiko,

    Why is this extraordinary? The Listener has been going to pack for ages and is well into sensationalist tabloid territory. Its science/health reporting is a joke and the writers seem to have no idea of scientific method or what constitutes scientific research. It regualrly trots outs hysterical stories of the "Diet Coke Wants to Kill Our Children" ilk. The latest story on cellphones causing cancer is just appalling and relies on a very dodgy piece od research, which has been well and truly skewered here: http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2008/03/cell_phones_and_cancer_real_or.php
    The writer seems to think a "self-published" research study is considered credible. By the author perhaps, but by noone else in the scientific community.
    The most disappointing aspect is that there are no major print media doing good quality scientific reporting. They all seem to have decided hysterical and one-sided is the way to go. The tragedy is that there are valid concerns and debates that are being hijacked by ill-informed nutters.

    Since Jun 2007 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    the feature about the woman who, when she is not having sex with strangers, works in PR.

    Many would say that those two things are metaphorically exactly the same.

    The two also seem to go hand-in-glove in a literal sense.

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    There was something on the Listener cover about bananas a few months ago. It asked a question, I forget what, but it was something along the lines of "do bananas make you fat/ give you lupus/secretly want to kill your children?" If you took the time to read the article inside, in the Nutrition section, you would find the answer to the question to be "no."

    So why bother asking it in the first place, other than to increase sales? If I had bought the magazine because of curiosity about bananas, I would have demanded my money back.

    I am not sure why I mentioned this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    Business is flocking to the global warming scenario in droves, but we shouldn't think that that is because they think it's caused by man's environmental mismanagement. They only support it becasue it's in their own self-interest to do so...much like our politicians.

    Yes, and that's largely the point of the UNFCCC's market-traded view that is being begun under Kyoto - utilise market mechanisms to encourage self-serving behaviour that leads to desired low emission outcomes. The related view being that reducing emissions is in fact self-serving from a cost perspective once external costs of emitting are internalised.
    Plus there's the campaign to make consumers demand it more and again make it self-serving for business.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    The two also seem to go hand-in-glove in a literal sense.

    What? PR women have sex with gloves? Or with gloves on?

    The excerpts that were (not) printed don't sound all that shocking; well, not to anyone who follows links from Fleshbot. Whatever that might be. Besides, it all sound like just another Saturday night in Newtown.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Martin,

    Business is flocking to the global warming scenario in droves

    As in relocating to Thailand and Mexico? *sigh*

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Just to be horribly meta for a moment:

    Mr Brown, is there a good non-commercial reason why you wrote:

    yes, it has a scan of the page everyone's talking about. You can see that in the Media7 blog.

    rather than:

    yes, it has a scan of the page everyone's talking about. You can read about it in the Media7 blog.

    Are we being herded here? :-)

    (I don't mind being herded, but just found it an interesting insight into the world of professional blogging, maybe).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    On the global warming side, and again assuming base commercial motives in the media: I guess that an acceptance of global warming might interfere with the aspirations of the Listener's readers. A BMW, McMansion in the eastern suburbs, "bach" in Whakatane and powerboat in the marina aren't really sustainable, are they?

    I guess that's what happens with lifestyle mags. If you want incisive political comment, read Metro.

    Well done Russell for bagging your boss, though! (next week - read how Mikey Havoc is a pseudo-scientific nutcase...)

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    It was a slightly difficult recording this week, not least because it was very bloody hot indeed on the set,

    hey Russell, is there any reason that you can't take off your Jackets in a situation of lights, camera, sweating?I don't think it would make people think less of any of you and a more relaxed attire may be of benefit in more ways than one. Just a thought.

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

  • samuel walker,

    any direct links to d/l the three parts of Media7 as per last week?

    purty purty puhlease.....

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    I guess that's what happens with lifestyle mags. If you want incisive political comment, read Metro.

    Ahahhaa. Mmmm, that's good satire!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Are we being herded here? :-)

    (I don't mind being herded, but just found it an interesting insight into the world of professional blogging, maybe).

    For sure. Given that the story "belonged" to Media7, and given that it would be good to drive a little traffic to the Media7 blog, I linked to that rather than directly to the journoblog. Cunning, but in a kind way.

    BTW, TVNZ seems very pleased with the stats on the TVNZ ondemand version of Media7 (710 views in the first couple of days) but I think we could do better than that. It would be good to demonstrate the virtues of interaction with other websites as a principle.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    any direct links to d/l the three parts of Media7 as per last week?
    purty purty puhlease.....

    It does come up pretty well on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TVNZMedia7

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • insider outsider,

    I just think Hansford was a piss poor columnist who either recycled the latest Greenpeace media release or spouted "sustainable" banalities with little logic in his eco.

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • David Ritchie,

    any direct links to d/l the three parts of Media7 as per last week?

    un
    deux
    trois
    voilà!

    Since Nov 2006 • 166 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I just think Hansford was a piss poor columnist who either recycled the latest Greenpeace media release or spouted "sustainable" banalities with little logic in his eco.

    Probably? Wouldn't it be prudent to, like, read the column?

    But that might spoil things.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    un
    deux
    trois
    voilà!

    thanks.

    appreciate it, so much better burnt and on the big(ger) screen.

    stats on the TVNZ ondemand version

    loading and playing in the background to maintain honest stats....

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Good episode. hope this show finds its way into highschool classrooms.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • insider outsider,

    Probably? Wouldn't it be prudent to, like, read the column?

    But that might spoil things.

    Sorry to spoil things for you Russell, I actually did read the hansford article plus the hilarious letter from the Heritage guy. Not caught up with the latest issue.

    DH spouted the usual oil company "i danced with a friend who danced with a friend who danced with the Prince of Wales" conspiracy - that's hardly leading environmental writing. GP have been banging on about it for oooh what? 10 years?

    What is singularly lacking is any evidence that DH was given the chop because of a single article. From what has been published it's just DH's opinion because he didn't find adequate the explanation he was given as to why his services are no longer required.

    As pointed out on the other blog, a number of other Listener columnists have been pushed in the the last month. Couldn't possibly be that they just didn't rate him could it?

    No let's just blame a bunch of old geezers with little PR nous and less political clout, and a letter from a US think tank and imagine something sinister. If that's "fairly heavy pressure" then I'm a banana.

    And you, who is supposed to be a serious media critic, appear to have uncritically jumped on the bandwagon. You at least should have known about and mentioned the other columnists going - pretty critical context I would have thought in any assessment of what is going on at the Listener.

    nz • Since May 2007 • 142 posts Report Reply

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