Stewart pounds Cramer – round 2, no contest

March 12, 2009

I am so glad I have MySky (this is not a promo).

I never used to watch The Daily Show, but now I never miss it. Unfortunately, like most of our TV, it’s a couple of days old when we get to it

Never mind, Jon Stewart is doing a good job of going after the buffoons of CNBC’s financial news service.

Even better, the whole feud (not from Stewart’s view) is now getting wider play. The object of Stewart’s humourous knife attack, CNBC resident clown Jim Cramer, has been on a raft of other NBC shows to defend himself.

That tactic was a very interesting use of the power of the network – give Cramer a sympathetic interview and then get the other NBC anchors to hook into Stewart.

It back-fired. Cramer and the network now look even more stupid. This clip puts it into perspective quite nicely. As the YoungTurks say, it’s the fact that CNBC is crap at journalism and is no more than a highly-paid and duchessed cheer squad for the big end of town.

There’s also a nice summary at E! Online

EM’s backtrack on this story

if you want to be really entertained, check out the Jim Cramer YouTube archive. He’s a nutbag.

If you want to know more about the Cramer effect, check out Don Harrold’s YouTube channel

I love smart, angry Americans who “get it”.


A last little bit of England

January 12, 2009

I’ve been back from the UK for about three weeks and I’ve just finished marking the project work my City University students completed last (UK) semester.

I’m actually quite proud of them. We had about 11 weeks to get our heads around a totally new (to them) topic and to learn the rudimentaries of journalistic writing in a web environment.

The paper they did is called “WEEM” – Writing and Editing for Electronic Media. So not only did they have to read up on convergence and new media journalism, they had to learn to write in an online environment and then to rustle up some half-decent HTML so that their projects could sit on the web.

Like all student work, this is a bit eneven. Some bits are better than others. But, overall I think they’ve done a very good job.

Some interesting topics were covered and I think it’s worth sharing.

Convergence Culture.UK.ORG

There’s no way for you to leave comments on the project pages unfortunately; it’s all rather static. However, feel free to comment here on the work as a whole, or on individual projects. I have let the class know that this link is here and that they should come back now and again to see who’s commented.

I would appreciate if you keep the commentary positive. All dribblejaws comments will be swiftly deleted, so don’t bother.


Controversy good for the Brand brand?

November 1, 2008

A perfect media storm has been building in London all week. The row over Russell Brand and Jonathon Ross’ stupid phone prank has claimed a number of BBC scalps already and more could follow. But, it seems that Brand’s brand could benefit from the fuss.

[Non-UK mediaphiles click here for some background on this story]

Interviewed in the Daily Telegraph today [Friday 31 Oct], several leading British PR executives indicated that Brand’s fame and fortune can only grow as a result of the stink:

Mike Mathieson, chief executive of media agency Cake, said: “In Russell Brand’s case, there is no such thing as being too controversial. Jonathan Ross is a different case, because his behaviour has to justify his enormous salary.

“But for Russell Brand, this whole episode has given him added credibility with young people who can’t understand what all the fuss is about.” [Anita Singh in the Telegraph]

There’s another telling point here – that Brand’s young audience don’t get the joke. Why is it that crass sexual humour, betrayal of friends and undergraduate antics seems so funny to Brand’s fans?

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Epic 2015 – what’s beyond the horizon?

September 13, 2008

I was fortunate today to meet and interview Matt Thompson. He’s a journalist, blogger and thinker. He’s also the guy behind the wildly successful viral flash videos Epic 2014 and Epic 2015.

The premise of these 8.5 minute creations is to predict the future of the media in our digital world. They were both created a few years ago now and they tried to look ahead 10 years from when they were produced.

Epic 2014 was made in 2004, but a year later Matt decided it needed updating.

While I was in Columbia, Missouri at the Missouri School of Journalism 100th anniversary celebrations I met Matt and heard him talk about a new project. He calls it “Wikipedia-ing the news”, but admits the name doesn’t really capture what he’s doing.

Matt is a visiting fellow this year at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU that was also launched today.

I was able to grab a few minutes with Matt between his break-out session and the official launch where he and the other RJI fellows were announced.

I asked Matt why he had changed some of the content from Epic 2014 in the second version, a year later.

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Morning Report – echo chamber for the opposition?

August 14, 2008

I like Morning Report, it’s my daily fix of news and current affairs. Occasionally I get annoyed with the focus on local crime stories, traffic and weather, but that’s cool; it’s just a morning heart-starter.

But in the last few days I have become more than annoyed, I’m totally jacked-off with Sean Plunkett in particular. I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that Morning Report is just an echo-chamber and amplifier for every piss-ant little claim made by the Nationals and now also the ACT Party.

It was double-barrel this morning and Sean really got on my goat.

First an uncritical acceptance of National claims that DOC is going to spend $2 million on a re-branding campaign; then ACT Party defence spokesbot, Heather Roy, (are they even big enough to have spokesbots?) banging on about some 40 year-old clapped out jets that the Government wants to sell.

Then the claims are rewritten and bundled up into the next news bulletin, making them ‘fact’.

Have the Morning Report presenters and producers left their critical faculties at the door? Read the rest of this entry »


Is this man right for the job

April 18, 2007

This is Anthony Flannery, the new head of news and current affairs at TVNZ. He’s from Channel Nine Australia and has worked on tabloid television current affairs shows for some time.
It’s interesting that this is a top news story in New Zealand at the moment – see my earlier post on job cuts at TVNZ.
For more on Mr Flannery, here’s a link to this morning’s New Zealand Herald online story. More on this later, I’m off to judge some magazine awards and will be out of the office for most of the morning.
One thing though, check out the ABC (Australia) Media Watch files on A Current Affair‘s past ethical history. Here’s one from 2003, but there’s more and the Media Watch archive is searchable.
Is this the future of “charter” television in New Zealand?