Sunday, October 09, 2005

Rampaging Roy right on the money

Here are some extracts from John "Rampaging Roy Slaven" Doyle's 'Andrew Olle media lecture', given on Friday.

The full lecture (40-odd minutes worth) can be downloaded here. (Pinched from the ABC).

I notice that this year has seen Seven’s Today Tonight and Nine’s A Current Affair put to air the same story at the same time on the same night. As nearly as I can tell the programs are the same: same old foot in the same old door philosophy, same mock outrage at feuding neighbours and total dependence on losers, or sad losers, or violent losers, or losers ripped off by shonky gold tooth rat type losers. They now make the ABC’s brilliant 90’s farce Frontline look less like parody and more like reality television. Both current affairs shows depict a world where it’s not only not safe for anyone to leave their home, it’s not safe to live.

Suddenly the world is awash with 'Opinion'. [...] Newspapers too, are full of it. Any half-baked dickhead who can string a few sentences together is given a go, particularly if the opinion is inflammatory or somehow ratchets up the climate of fear or loathing – simply and obviously because it sells more newspapers.

The recent Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico has partially revealed the feral world that snuggles so closely within the first world. And there are web sites that explain that the shape of the hurricane was that of a womb and that while ever the US continues to allow abortion, God will rein such punishments down. Without doubt there are other web sites that suggest the shape is that of a bum hole and is a warning against the legalization of gay marriage. And others suggesting this is simply Gaia attacking the oil industry. The fact is New Orleans has been known to be a disaster waiting to happen for decades.

Paul Keating commented almost as an afterthought that without Reconciliation, we’re just here for the view. Speaking of which, it’s amazing to think that Reconciliation was once a part of mainstream public debate. Mention Reconciliation now and there’s a generation of Australians who haven’t the least idea of what you are talking about. If it doesn’t affect the economy, it’s not on the radar. The economy is everywhere.

Mercifully some media does attempt to reveal truth and if it wasn’t for the excellent work done by Lateline this year with the ABC Investigations Unit, I doubt whether the Rau or Solon cases would have appeared at all on the radar. Let alone the exposing of what has been described as an overarching cultural problem within DIMIA. And I think it’s fair to say that in days gone by, in our Westminster democracy, any Minister who oversaw such a rancid cultural climate within a department would have been expected without question, as a minimum requirement, to fall on his or her sword.

Big Brother is a waste of an opportunity. The housemates live in a state of perpetual boredom, unless they’re pissed. Why not engage them. A house of really smart gifted young people from various fields: scientists, engineers, mathematicians, builders, a Latin scholar, a poet etc and they have a problem to solve. With a shared incentive of a few million dollars they have to find a solution to Australia’s water problems in ten weeks – there’s a show.

I knew I loved this man for a reason...

Listening to: Holly Throsby - On Night


At 12:51 pm, Blogger Steph said...

Never truer words were spoken....except the Big Brother comment. I bloody love that show.

At 6:32 pm, Blogger Zézette said...

I'm really pleased you've posted this.

When I noticed in the paper that the lecture is being televised tonight my tail started wagging.

The Andrew Olle lectures are -- like the man they're named after -- intelligent, thoughtful and stimulating, and I felt sure that John Doyle would be saying something well worth hearing. And hasn't he? I mean, these are the types of things I hear said at barbeques, but it seems that it's by far a minority view.

[Deity of your choice] bless John Doyle and others in that small handful of sane and critical voices making themselves heard in this country.

I've always been a fairly optimistic type, but the state of the media and popular culture (oh, and government) really does make me despair right now.

Do I sound like an uptight wanker? Do I care? :)

I love his idea for Big Brother, by the way! Brilliant!

At 6:54 pm, Blogger cotard said...

Yep, it certainly is heartening to hear someone taking aim at such deserving targets... and with such eloquence.

And also sticking up for the ABC and SBS who have been picked on for too long from those politician folk in Canberra. Imagine the Australian media landscape without them... scary really.

PS I don't think you sound like an uptight wanker.

At 7:52 pm, Blogger Zézette said...

Heh, you haven't read my blog post on the same subject yet! :D Actually, I was pretty restrained; I kind of felt that if I let a little bit of vitriol out it'd all come out like a broken dam.

You're right, the media would be out of control without the ABC and SBS. Our culture, too. *sigh* Why is it so hard for the government to see that?

Like I mentioned, the lecture's on the box tonight, so tune in!

At 9:00 am, Blogger sikamikanico said...

Dammit - I meant to catch the show but forgot (I spend my Sunday nights is a state of catatonic fear at the thought of work in the morning). Thanks for these highlights!

At 6:32 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely smack on the target. Sane, intelligent, though provoking comment. The man is brilliant.

Nicola, get a $90 set top box - its worth it just for ABC2 (and repeats of the lecture!)


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