Having played the press gallery when in opposition, the Abbott Government stopped talking to the press gallery while they adjusted to office. The press gallery acted all surprised and muttered darkly about accountability, as though they couldn't have seen that coming - but I dealt with that in two previous posts.
politics of information
This is no time to ignore warningsThis is no time to clear the plateLet’s not be sorry after the factAnd let the past become out fate- Lou Reed There is no time
The government, the press gallery, and the media strategists who work between the two have all failed this week, on all of the above fronts. In every policy area, the Coalition offered less than Labor at the last election: less money for schools, a lesser telecommunications system, fewer women in Cabinet, less overall.
Australia's first media consisted of message sticks and rock paintings. As a business model it wasn't broken so nobody fixed it.Australia's second media consisted of shipping news: comings and goings at Sydney Cove, snippets of news from Mother England and ports visited along the way. New-media nerds like John Fairfax put pages out there and worried how to monetise it afterwards.
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) - Walt Whitman Song of myself