It's not a TV anymore it's a Screen

I was reading a story about TV manufacturers and their struggle to keep sales up in the face of economic downturns and the rise of so called "2nd screen" devices, and I thought to myself (as I often do) "they're doing it wrong".

Part of the problem I think is the mentality of the manufacturers in trying to hang on to the idea of TV. For most of us TV represents a very distinct thing. It's a big box/panel that feeds us what the free to air or cable broadcasters send across the air or down the cable. You have to work your schedule around the broadcasters.

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Alan Jones says something mysogynistic, news at 11

Just in case you managed to miss it, Alan Jones, he who rules the ranty "I'm a white male with lots of money stop repressing me" airways, yesterday claimed that women were "destroying the joint". The joint of course being Australia. The women he mentions to back up his claim of course are those on the oppposite side of the political divide from Dear Alan, Julia Gillard, Christine Nixon and Clover Moore.

I know. I was shocked.

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#Facepalmer and #grubbyjournalism

Well, you can't say that Australian politics is dull.

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Blogging makes me feel like real media and other goodness

Thought I would put something up for the end of the week.

Over at I've put up a quick look at the Independent Media Inquiry report and their brilliant idea to start counting page hits to determine whether your site counts as real media or not. 41 hits a day is the magical number by the way.

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My DIY Media Setup

Okay, I thought I should follow up the previous post with something completely different.

This morning I finally got around to integrating my Logitech Revue (a severely under-appreciated tool by the way), with the rest of my home entertainment system. As such I thought I would put down on bits what I have :)

Lounge Room

1 x AWA TV (42 inch/1080p capable) - $500

1 x Samsung Sound System (5.1) (2nd hand, around $200 when we got it)

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Sigh, so that happened

So two things happened today.

The first was a near riot that necessitated the evacuation of the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader from an awards ceremony meant to highlight the work of emergency workers.

The second was WIN Television blowing it again.

If you haven't caught up on the events today then I heres a brief timeline I've put together from various sources:

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Pollies to the left of me, Journos to the right of me

Here I am stuck in the middle with you. 

(Warning, rambling rant follows)

Here's the thing. The political debate in this country sucks. It really does. Either we have Captain No leading the opposition, or we have a government that continuously seems to fail comms 101. 

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This is not the tech news

I've blogged about the main stream media confusing life with tech news before but todays Sydney Morning Herald Tech section front page needs another poke.

Let's have a look at the editors picks (click on the image below for a clearer copy):

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The Internet. It's not special anymore

Okay let me just check something. Yup we are living in the year 2011 (as adjudged by the Christian Calender, your religion based calender may differ). People are, at this very moment, doing the following:

  • Tweeting
  • Facebooking
  • Youtubing
  • Looking stuff up
  • Paying bills
  • Buying stuff
  • Emailing people
  • Chatting

These activities have been part of the every day for a few years now. It's nothing new.

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Cultural Cringe 2011

"So enough about us, what do you think about us?"

Okay, how many of you reading this have watched question time in federal parliament?


How many of you think that question time is in fact a useless piece of perfomance theatre designed not to ask genuine questions, but to score points and futher political goals.

Right (please note I am assuming that there are large numbers of people agreeing with the above statements. I can't actually see who's raising their hands).

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