The Australian on media and social media

The Australian editorial piece yesterday about media and social media is enlightening.

I’ve trimmed out the Australian centric preamble, but the last two paragraphs are particularly relevant to our media landscape in New Zealand.

The trashing of media standards, devaluing of journalistic experience and persistent tendency for even traditional media stalwarts such as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to allow the social media tail to wag their editorial direction is a live issue of public concern. The interplay between media and politics is crucial for any democracy, and no less so because the landscape is changing with tectonic shifts in the digital landscape. Crucial elements such as experience, fairness, good taste and social responsibility should not be sacrificed in the pursuit of Twitter-generated clicks or Facebook shares. To be sure, boosting online and mobile readership must be a crucial element in any strategy for print, radio or television. But if the quality of the product is diminished in the process, then rather than avert the road to ruin, companies may find a short cut.   Read more »

Facebook is now censoring photos of toilet paper

The Leader of Britain First, Paul Golding was recently logged out of his Facebook account and given a warning by Facebook moderators because he posted the following image.


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Stop praising people – you’ll turn them into useless narcissists

Stop praising your kids…belittle them instead…ok maybe don’t go that far.

If you want your child to grow up happy and successful, you need to praise them – right? Well, maybe not.

Recent research shows that many parents may be over-praising their children, that we may be making our children less confident and less successful as a result. In extreme cases it could be turning kids into narcissists.

For some time social scientists have been puzzling over soaring narcissism levels in Western society. Some blame social media – Facebook, Instagram – for this rise in self-obsession.

But Dutch researchers now believe that Generation Selfie could actually be blamed on the parents who overvalue and over-praise their kids. They say we need to think very carefully about how we sing the praises of our children.

For three decades now parents have been sold the idea they can’t praise their kids enough.

Toning down the praise is an old-school idea gaining new currency, rekindled by a ground-breaking study in Holland that’s hit a chord across the Western world. Read more »


Watkins blames Key for media publicising his kids

Tracy Watkins has decided that the media fascination with publicising anything John Key’s kids get up to is all his fault.

It is odd that no one has pointed out that this kind of thing is a vote winner in the selfie generation…but then again no one in the gallery would know anything about that.

They must be frustrated that after nearly a decade of trying to undermine Key the public still like him…so journalists like Tracy Watkins and Barry Soper need to target and blame him.

John Key’s enduring appeal to voters has always boiled down to one thing – he is just like them.

That’s why they forgive his goofy moments, and even the really awkward ones, like ponytail-gate.

Everyone makes a dick of themselves occasionally, right?

Yeah including journalists, yet for some reason they never show up in the pages of their own newspapers…yet.

Does Max Key posting videos of the family living the dream in Hawaii with a glamorous girlfriend at his side undermine that? Hardly.

People know John Key is rich. That has always been part of his appeal – the fact that he managed to remain a regular guy despite his rags-to-riches backstory.

And Hawaii is not unattainable. It’s not exactly a budget destination, but plenty of Kiwis holiday there.

Key’s reaction to questions about Max’s video, meanwhile, would resonate with many parents.   Read more »

Roll up Roll up, it’s facebook but not as we know it Jim

A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned.

The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month.

There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an “Amen” button for expressing appreciation for a post.

The forbidden words are…

I looked but unfortunately it is not in English. However I did find out that on the list of banned content is violence and pornography, swearing and anything that violates biblical principles or depicts or refers to homosexual activity. The site currently has 20 volunteer moderators but I can’t help but wonder if that will be enough given the likelihood of trolls.

…Brazil’s Facegloria is currently only available in Portuguese but other language services and a mobile app are also planned.

…”Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere,” he said.


I only have one question. Who is Gloria?



Tech saves silly tart when a call to 111 would have been faster

A new warrantless phone tracking technology is just fine for SAR, but imagine the howls of disapproval if it was approved for use by the GSCB under warrant.

The lefties who probably use Android phones, or worse Apple phones, and Gmail and all sorts of other tech always moan about the surveillance state but happily store their data with mega companies.

Meanwhile tech saved this silly tart when a call to 111 would have been faster.    Read more »

David Clark doesn’t get it

David Clark is one of those genius politicians who thinks that social media will win it for them.

Consequently he blathers on all day on Facebook and Twitter.

But he just doesn’t get it.

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The religion of peace in action in Auckland

I wonder if the so-far silent LGBT community over Islamic atrocities against homosexuals will now find their voice to speak out, after the same attitudes have been imported to Auckland.

Or will it be business as usual from the liberals…tolerant of Islam but howls of outrage about anyone else?

A Muslim man repeatedly beat his teenage daughter with an umbrella when he thought she may be gay, and had a photo of a man having his throat cut hung up in the lounge.

The man and his wife – who both have name suppression to protect their children – today pleaded guilty to a raft of child abuse offences when they appeared at Auckland District Court this morning.

He admitted 16 counts of abuse, including hitting and slapping his six children, and striking a child with a horse whip, while his wife pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on a child.

One of his victims was aged just 5 at the time, and another an infant aged 1.

Details of the abuse meted out on the children — all aged under 15 at the time — have been revealed in a summary of facts document, released by Judge Charles Blackie following the court appearance today.

The man, 45, has six children. The woman, 25, is mother to three of them, the eldest of whom is now aged 14. They all lived together in their home in Auckland.  Read more »

Worst Labour slogan ever…after Vote positive

Trevor Mallard posted the latest Labour social media “staring at goats” meme on Facebook.


Note we paid for it…the parliamentary crest tells us that.   Read more »

Never apologise to trolls

I can’t stand it when after some trolling and baiting by left wing ranters a centre right politician reacts and then gets hounded for an apology.

The media chase down the politician and then the fool apologises.

Never apologise to trolls, especially after you gave them a hiding online.

Controversial Auckland Councillor Dick Quax says he regrets a social media outburst where he suggested to a member of the public it may have been better if they were never born.

Quax says he was “too quick off the mark” in responding to a post from a Facebook user who called him a nutter, and later accused him of having a mental breakdown.

The comments were made after Quax posted a link to Facebook in support of the charter school system, to which Josh Phoenix replied saying ‘religious nutcases brainwashing children is not education’.    Read more »