My AUT colleague and co-author Greg Treadwell of AUT University has jumped into the blogosphere.
Let’s hear three cheers.
Originally posted on matters spherical:
The German philosopher Jürgen Habermas would probably weep. I suspect Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson, our erstwhile mayor whose bronze fist is quite appropriately raised in Aotea Square, would roll in his grave.
I’m talking, of course, of the facebook-styled monolith that went up in our city square this week and from which electronics company LG is promoting itself and its products. Between it and the recently installed ice rink and fairground rides is still, I presume, the city’s beautiful and precious waha (mouth, gate) that was lovingly restored and returned to its rightful place as part of the relatively recent $80 million restoration of the square. That waha symbolically takes locals and visitors alike into the conceptual heart of the city’s public sphere. And now it is almost entirely hidden from view by some tacky promotion for microwaves that exploits people’s addiction to social media. Give me a break. Auckland may always have been a city of merchants, as Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee once reminded me, but boy have the money lenders moved into the church of public debate now.