January 10, 2005
Devastating Media Tsunami
Welcome to 2005.
I have to confess I'm not sure which I find more nauseating: the scenes of horror coming out of (mainly) Indonesia and Sri Lanka or the thinly-disguised orgy of self-interest that's dominating our media ever since. Simon Chapman makes a very valid point when he notes that, while it's icky to be seen to knock people who are donating funds to charitable causes, it's similarly icky to consider that some of those donations might be driven purely by a perceived opportunity to profit ... from the suffering of others.
As well as charity not needing to be seen, I'm not sure Channel Nine can justify the sickening self-promotion that they're indulging in. Ray Martin is starting to sound like Russel Coight ...
Similarly, I was sickened to watch and listen to our Prime Minister taking every opportunity to benefit from his involvement in today's cricket match. I mean, he needed to be there, do the toss, get his message out ... but the drivel that was braodcast when he was in the commentary box (I feel sorry for Jason Gillespie having to be a part of it) was nothing but self-serving dross. We didn't need that!
I realise that this is probably meant to make life easier for the Tsunami victims but ... it just feels icky when it should be making me proud. That's wrong.Posted by Hughie at January 10, 2005 4:50 PM