Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Little update

As of today I’ll be posting every Wednesday over at The Drum. So head on over for a look and a comment.

I’ll still try to write other posts here, but more likely it will be just movie/Friday Relaxer posts rather than political things (due to lack of time mostly).

I’ll keep you posted on any further happenings or places you might find my scribbles.

32 comments:

Siobhan said...

Read your article - found it useful ie it gave me a bit of a feel for the rally, where it is pitching its appeal etc. Then read the comments. I know you have been in the public eye for a while now, since this blog got famous and then you were were 'outed'. So I suppose you are not a total stranger to the viciousness of online comment. But I did find myself hoping you have deep stores of resilience to cope with the kind of shellacking it seems you can expect in this role.
Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Any chance you could cross-post here?

Kymbos

Caesar said...

You posted a picture!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-17/labor27s-disaster-placard-at-no-carbon-tax-rally/2843210


:-)

Looking forward, with great anticipation, to the article that will likely follow!

730reportland said...

I can already hear the screeching from the national galah cage. Hope you enjoy your new blog. Be careful though, sounds like plenty of people want to smack reporters, by your 1st drum post.ts

Michelle said...

Wow - you're getting plenty of comments on todays piece over at The Drum!
Like Kymbo above I'd like you to cross post back here... thanks.

Greg Jericho said...

Not sure Kymbos (and Michelle) - will check. If so it will likely be a day later or something.

Ari Maniatis said...

Congratulations on the new job. I look forward to reading your articles now that you have a weekly deadline to deliver them!

For some time now I've been reading through comments on the ABC website and I can't quite get my head around them. There seems to be such a high proportion of extreme right anti-ABC comments, that I can't imagine these are people who read the ABC daily for news or opinion. Are they being funnelled into the comments sections from some other sites? Many don't seem to have even read the articles they comment on. Others simply want to repeatedly point out that carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas, so it must be good. Basic science or logical concepts seem to elude these readers.

I can imagine that there are many conversations around the ABC halls on how to improve the quality of the comments. Can it be done without compromising the principals of the ABC's access to all? Is it too much to say that although we live in a democracy, not everyone's opinion is equal and that not everyone should be heard from? I guess the ABC isn't the place for that, and the forums provide a place for the nutters to let off a little steam.

Where does one find forums filled with intelligent people having robust disagreements about politics without it descending into partisan name calling?

clarencegirl said...

Sorry you're all but abandoning this blog to go mainstream.
Hope you manage to keep your edge.
Best of luck.

730reportland said...

Hi, Ari Maniatis, I agree with you. When you see an ABC story and a Limited-News story on the same topic, you can often find bile piled on the ABC and praise piled on Bolt, Devine etc. I am pretty sure these commenters are a troop of Lobby-ist trolls, of course with a ``LIMITED-VIEW``.

Anonymous said...

I hope that you will still be able to maintain the high standards you have achieved on this blog over at The Drum, although part of me thinks that your writings will be more circumscribed - I hope I'm very wrong on this.
I also hope that your postings on The Drum will also contain the greatly informative charts which play such a large role in disputing the constant misinformation on so many matters in the media. Perhaps space considerations may mitigate against this but again, I hope not.
This comment seems to contain a lot of hopes - but the most important one I guess is that I sincerely hope you sit comfortably with the changes in roles you have encountered in recent times. I've enjoyed your work here and I'm sure will continue to enjoy it on The Drum (although I do note that today there is a piece by a piece eg. Bernard O'Neill).

Alistair Baillieu-McEwan said...

My comment was posted as Anonymous just now because I forgot to sign off. One more hope - that all the commentators at The Drum will identify themselves.

Anonymous said...

Grog, life just isn't the same without your blog. But good luck with your new column in the Drum. I for one will look forward to wednesday every week from now on.

malcolm

Greg Jericho said...

Alistair B-McEw I can't see my writing changing much.

Any changes will be due mostly to writing only once a week as opposed to daily as I did here - so I won't be doing Question Time specific posts etc.

I do hope to use graphs!

And the comments? Yeah... they are interesting.

Craig Thomler said...

Welcome to your new career Greg!

I believe you fit the criteria for an overnight success ;)

drsusancalvin said...

A cross post here would help me avoid the rivers of thoughtmud bursting the the banks of The Drum. I know I shouldn't look, but I can't help it.

thenoisyrogue said...

I feel torn by conflicting emotions:

Very happy for you that you've got a well deserved gig getting paid to write.

Pissed as hell that your blog is now on the back burner.

I'm like a band groupie who went to every show in a greasy pub only to find that he can't get backstage at their first big concert.

Anonymous said...

I personly think the ABC is changing to the centre since the board has been changed (no Howard cronies).

Michael O'ullivan said...

Thank you for the care you take with your writing. I am currently living in Germany with my German wife, after our five years in France and am needing some non hysterical perspective on life back in Australia. All our children and grandchildren remain in Australia and even the German born one has no intention of heading back to Germany, or any other part of Europe any time soon.
After ten years in Australia, my wife was needed over here for family reasons. After the five French years, she re-entered the German workforce on the same money she was being paid fifteen years ago. There is work, in some places,but it is getting harder and harder. At least the authorities have been helpful and I have been welcomed (even with my suspect Deutsch.) The French experience was something else. As my English friends say,"How do they live on such miserable wages?" One of them "wouldn't get out of bed" for that sort of money.
After nearly seven years living and working in the "powerhouses of Europe", I find myself unable to comprehend any of the bleating I encounter on Australian media websites. Nobody I talk to over there can even hint at the sort of social degradation I see served up as news every day. My comments are tempered by the shortage of space but I would love to talk in detail at some time. After seven years I have a pretty good, up to date picture of present day Europe, especially France and Germany, so my brief comments relating to social conditions and remuneration over here are from now, this moment, not some distant memory from my first visits all those years ago.
Australia is doing well by any measure and can continue in this vein if they follow the Norwegian rather than the British example of how to deal with disturbance. What on earth is going on?

Michael O'Sullivan said...

Of course my name is O'Sullivan -sorry

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Senexx said...

I hope you tweet them Grog, as I don't RSS The Drum. There is way too much junk published there.

Oh and the moderating there is not the greatest from the time you post until time your comment appears.

Not sure if you have to login to the Drum one offhand but for the ones you do, logging in only works half the time. And the issue listed in the previous paragraph remains.

Now I've listed my concerns, I am sorry to see you go

Vaporizer said...

Pls post any stuff with picture or video?

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Pls explain your blog title with video or image.

Anonymous said...

Why should I head on over to The Drum when the first sentence is too long?

Phil said...

I keep coming back hoping to find you've snuck out a sneaky post...

Anonymous said...

As you know, Hamster Wheel isn't very funny.

Here's an idea - don't make the ideological position obvious. Make fun of the greens as well as the libs. Be anti-nudge. Find holes in the climate tax. Just a thought!

James In Footscray said...

@ ari maniatis

Are you saying the ABC should screen comments you don't agree with (because they're not 'quality'?!).

Look, I'm a member of the ALP. But I'm amazed. Are you saying if someone posted an anti-carbon tax message you'd want it removed?

James

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Warren Glover said...

While, in general, I found your article to be scholarly and reasonably well presented, I was less than pleased by some unwarranted and inexcusably poor use of language by one who should pride himself on his familiarity with the proper use of his tool of trade......the English language.
The lost decade: learning Asian languages
Only the numbers of students studying Chinese has increased but by less than it had from 1994 to 2000,
we would still find ourselves with slightly less students studying that language than was the case 11 years ago.
These two passages suffer from the author's unfamiliarity with the difference between QUANTITY and NUMBER and how these two functions are differentiated in the English language. The word LESS is used with QUANTITY and the word FEW is used with NUMBER. As the "number of students" and similar phrases feature frequently in your narrative, it is surprising that you seem ignorant of the correct word to use. In each case above the word should be NOT "less" but FEWER. Being required to type one more letter in order that the correct word be used can hardly be dismissed as a tedious imposition.
There are a number of issues with foreign language education in this country.
Here, the mistake is slightly more subtle. Here, you are stating that there are issues, and of course there are but the verb governs the word "number" and here it is "a" or a singular "number". The plural form "are" is wrong. Properly, the passage should read; "There is a number of issues........"
in some states there is an abundance of supply of Chinese speaking teachers,
Circumlocution is a device most suited to parody, ridicule or humour, as a non-serious motif. A natural preference for brevity would have seen you write "...........an abundance of Chinese-speaking teachers......."
When you mandate the study of an Asian language you certainly take care of the issue of demand of students studying it
More attention to brevity is required here, that's obvious. Making it "an issue of" requires that you make "demand of students studying it" perform the function of a noun. It leads to inelegance and a contrived form of expression. IMHO, it would be wiser again to bear brevity in mind and write; "........certainly address current student demand......."
On the whole, I thought your report was a welcome wake-up message to Australia that the Asian Century will impact our way of life inevitably and inexorably. It is imperative that we adopt a wider view of society and diligently apply ourselves to the understanding of our region, our quarter of the globe, wherein resides around one quarter of humankind.
By accomplishing this revolution peacefully, we will by example demonstrate that George Santana's admonition "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," has not been lost to history but has become a new benchmark for how history is made.
Warren Glover
Sydney

Warren Glover said...

While, in general, I found your article to be scholarly and reasonably well presented, I was less than pleased by some unwarranted and inexcusably poor use of language by one who should pride himself on his familiarity with the proper use of his tool of trade......the English language.
The lost decade: learning Asian languages
Only the numbers of students studying Chinese has increased but by less than it had from 1994 to 2000,
we would still find ourselves with slightly less students studying that language than was the case 11 years ago.
These two passages suffer from the author's unfamiliarity with the difference between QUANTITY and NUMBER and how these two functions are differentiated in the English language. The word LESS is used with QUANTITY and the word FEW is used with NUMBER. As the "number of students" and similar phrases feature frequently in your narrative, it is surprising that you seem ignorant of the correct word to use. In each case above the word should be NOT "less" but FEWER. Being required to type one more letter in order that the correct word be used can hardly be dismissed as a tedious imposition.
There are a number of issues with foreign language education in this country.
Here, the mistake is slightly more subtle. Here, you are stating that there are issues, and of course there are but the verb governs the word "number" and here it is "a" or a singular "number". The plural form "are" is wrong. Properly, the passage should read; "There is a number of issues........"
in some states there is an abundance of supply of Chinese speaking teachers,
Circumlocution is a device most suited to parody, ridicule or humour, as a non-serious motif. A natural preference for brevity would have seen you write "...........an abundance of Chinese-speaking teachers......."
When you mandate the study of an Asian language you certainly take care of the issue of demand of students studying it
More attention to brevity is required here, that's obvious. Making it "an issue of" requires that you make "demand of students studying it" perform the function of a noun. It leads to inelegance and a contrived form of expression. IMHO, it would be wiser again to bear brevity in mind and write; "........certainly address current student demand......."
On the whole, I thought your report was a welcome wake-up message to Australia that the Asian Century will impact our way of life inevitably and inexorably. It is imperative that we adopt a wider view of society and diligently apply ourselves to the understanding of our region, our quarter of the globe, wherein resides around one quarter of humankind.
By accomplishing this revolution peacefully, we will by example demonstrate that George Santana's admonition "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," has not been lost to history but has become a new benchmark for how history is made.
Warren Glover
Sydney