Julian Burnside, respected barrister and human rights advocate probably speaks fpr a lot of us when he says:
“Those of us who are torn between the desert of mainstream media and the jungle of the internet need a place where rational but diverse views can be found on matters of enduring importance…
It is a strange paradox that, while we live in a torrent of information, there is such a limited range of available views…
Media ownership in Australia is notoriously narrow. Mainstream media offer precious little diversity, and such diversity as there is runs along predictable lines. The economics of print and electronic media tend to drive opinion in the direction of populism. This has unhappy results now that both major political parties have, it seems, abandoned their founding principles and form policies by reference to media coverage generally and to news polls and focus groups in particular. It’s the Jim Hacker model: “I am their leader, I must follow them”.
Discussion websites such as New Matilda – reborn with reader/stakeholder funding – are so important in today’s almost discussion-free news frenzy.
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