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March 15, 2010

Outrage? I condemn it as cheap and nasty

Filed under: humor,humour,media,News — Nayano @ 7:09 am
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I have been having trouble keeping up the momentum for this blog lately. It would be a lot easier for me if I wasn’t trying so hard to present a balanced view (What do you mean, you hadn’t noticed!).

Yes, I try to avoid posting out of outrage.

Larvatus Prodeo made reference to the ubiquity of outrage and condemnation on the web when he recently opened a thread in this way:

“What’s been worthy of condemnation this week so far? Which evil political, cultural, social, musical, religious, and other phenomena need condemnation? (Or loud denunciation?)”

Larry Gellman at the Huffington Post wrote Feeding the Beast–Our Addiction to Anger and Fear:

“If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves–and certainly for their children–the vast majority would say “happiness.” So why do so many people spend every waking moment watching, listening to, and reading things that tell us up front are specifically designed to make us angry or afraid?

“…Millions of Americans have become truly addicted to anger and outrage. Fox News and talk radio figured it out first, and years ago became the crack pipe of the angry Right. They realized early on that there’s no money in real journalism any more but they could get rich feeding our insatiable need for heroes and villains.

Millions of Australians, too.

I am constantly amazed by the volume of posts put out by Andrew Bolt (subscribe to an Andrew Bolt RSS feed – it’s very instructive!)

It’s true that his posts are usually short, but there is another factor that makes posting more efficient for him – outrage. The ‘outrage’ theme is so ubiquitous at his blog that even when an action is stated its bare bones, it is implicit that it is being stated because it is OUTRAGEOUS.

It would be much easier to settle for outrage, instead of considered comments.

For a (unintentionally) cynical take on feeding the hungry ‘beast’ of the media, have a look at Feeding the media beast: an easy recipe for great publicity By Mark Mathis


July 3, 2009

Racial prejudice, Australians and the media

Filed under: Indian students,media,News,race relations,racism — Nayano @ 11:11 am
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Several news outlets have reported that a national survey has found people in Perth show greater prejudice against minority groups than other Australians.

The ‘Challenging Racism Project’, a joint project of the University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University surveyed more than 16,000 Australians over eleven years.

In Perth more than 14 per cent said they were prejudiced against other cultures, compared with a national average of about 12 per cent.

That’s 2%.

(In other states and territories the survey included people living in both city and rural areas. In WA, it was confined to the metropolitan area.) Perth people ‘more racist’ than others

The study also found that 6.5 per cent of all Australians surveyed were against multiculturalism. Australians struggling with multiculturalism

‘6.5% against multiculturalism’ means that 93.5% are positive about multiculturalism – an amazingly positive result!

The researchers say that the greatest difference in attitudes was between generations.

“Older Australians – not all older Australians – but in general are more intolerant and younger Australians much more tolerant,” Professor Kevin Dunn said.

The study found that 85 per cent of Australians acknowledge racial prejudice occurs in the nation and one in five has been a victim of racist verbal abuse.

It would be nonsense to claim that racial prejudice does not occur in Australia – as it does everywhere. Indeed, it is my experience that people who deny it are usually the ones who practice it.

These results are very encouraging. But the reporting shows more interest in sensationalism than in fair representation.

January 17, 2009

Arrival of first visa recipients in ALP’s asylum regime imminent

Filed under: News — Nayano @ 2:05 pm
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Debbie Guest | January 17, 2009

Article from: The Australian

THE first group of asylum-seekers to be processed at Christmas Island under the Rudd Government’s new migration policies has been granted permanent protection visas and is expected to arrive in South Australia this evening.

The 28 Afghan and Iranian asylum-seekers were granted the visas after showing they had a well-founded fear of persecution or death if forced to return home.

Ten children are among the group of 26 males and two females, which arrived in three boats, including one intercepted on September 29, the first boatload of asylum-seekers detected in Australian waters since the Rudd Government was elected.

The other two boats were intercepted by border protection officers on October 6 and November 24.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans said yesterday their claims had been thoroughly assessed and it had been determined the group was entitled to Australia’s protection under the Refugees Convention.

“Their cases have been finalised promptly under the Rudd Government’s new processing regime for offshore entry people, which also included health, security and identity checks,” Senator Evans said.

Members of the group, who all arrived since the Rudd Government was elected, are the first to be granted asylum under Labor’s new policy of detaining asylum-seekers on Christmas Island, after abandoning the Howard government’s Pacific Solution.

“Under the Howard government, asylum-seekers were left to languish in detention for years on end before eventually being resettled in Australia as refugees,” Senator Evans said.

One of the Afghans to be granted a visa, Sadiq Bahram, said he was thrilled to be recognised as a refugee after a long ordeal to find protection.

Mr Bahram first sought asylum in Australia in 1999. He was granted a protection visa after spending a year in detention at Woomera, but returned to Afghanistan after the deaths of his brother and sister.

But believing he would be killed, he fled again and paid Pakistani people-smugglers $12,000 to bring him and his daughter, Arzoo, to Australia.

“I’m very happy about this,” he said. “My daughter will come to Adelaide too.”

Mr Bahram worked as a camera operator in Afghanistan and said he wanted to enrol in a TAFE course in Adelaide so he could work in a similar job in Australia.

Senator Evans said the refugees would receive settlement support to help them integrate into the community.

“We ensure humanitarian entrants are provided with appropriate clothing, a package of basic household goods, English language tuition and short-term torture and trauma counselling, if required,” he said.

Senator Evans said the captains of the three boats had been charged with people smuggling and were in custody awaiting trial. “The Government is committed to meeting its refugee protection obligations and ensuring viability of the international protection system, while at the same time doing all that is possible to combat the dangerous practice of people smuggling,” he said.

Pamela Curr from the Asylum-seeker Resource Centre said it was “about time” the visas were granted.

“We welcome the fact that this government is not letting people languish for years in detention as has happened in the past,” she said.

But she added that asylum-seekers should be processed in Australia, not Christmas Island.

The Immigration Department is processing the asylum claims of the 134 remaining people on Christmas Island. These include eight Afghan adults who also arrived on November 24. A spokesman for Senator Evans said the only people on the November 24 boat granted asylum were two unaccompanied minors.

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