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January 31 2014

09:38

IQ2 debate: The Media Can’t Be Trusted to Tell the Truth - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

Freedom of the press is held up as one of the most fundamental values of a functioning Western Democracy. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2009/08/05/2647061.htm

November 25 2013

06:40

Paul Barry on James Packer - Books and Authors - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

ltrev : 11 Nov 2009 11:48:33am I get the impression that Paul Barry is politically passive in a poor-little-rich-kid kind of way. Perhaps it is just irony or sophisticated understatement.I think it needs to be argued at a political level the merits of individuals controlling so many resources. I have grave doubts myself.I do not regard gambling as a legitimate business not even as entertainment. Poker machines, lotto and now gambling advertising on TV are signs of predatory and useless money making (that one gathers has been emulated by the banking system to the detriment of the world's monetary system). If the money we squander on pets, alternative medicine (entertainment medicine), and organic (?) food is moral obesity then gambling is moral cancer.The Italians voted as Prime Minister the person who controlled their media. How stupid can a population be? No more stupid than any other it seems. We get the media, and therefore the politicians, who permit such things, that we deserve.I have no patience for the mega-rich who plainly do not understand the financial system and even less for those that flirt with scientology. Are these people addicted to scams? Which brings me back to my first point - I have grave doubts about the merit of individuals controlling so many resources. Reply Alert moderator ozzierobert : 13 Nov 2009 3:11:42pm Stating that the mega rich do not understand the financial system (FS), does not explain how the mega rich use the flaws in the FS to further enhance their wealth. I do agree about the merits of individuals controlling so many resources. But what is the average Joe mend to do about this, as the political voting systems are flawed. In this country you can not even vote for the PM, unless you happen to reside in their particular electorate. Reply Alert moderator Felix : 18 Nov 2009 4:54:44pm Australia elected a Prime Minsiter that controled the media as well - and still does. Guess those that voted for him are just as 'stupid' as the Italians? Reply Alert moderator http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2009/11/04/2733187.htm

March 10 2012

22:05

History of Criticism 17

A class taught by Tim Morton at UC Davis, March 8, 2012.
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