I haven't blogged for a while as I try to take in the torrent of abuse that we as citizens of Australia have to deal with on a daily basis. For a lot of people it is easier to just ignore the goings on from Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and the other capitals while their near futures and their long term futures are diminished to vanishing point.
We are out of step now with the rest of the world in so many ways. Not that I advocate me too-ism but on issues like climate change, border security, the economy it just seems more and more pain without that pain being directed for a favourable outcome.
I read recently that George Osborne's budget measures in the UK had been a brilliant success. When I checked the source for this claim it turned out to be in a Murdoch publication so I checked with a web search and when I finally got some hard data it turned out that if you were in the top 1% on the UK you were now doing better but education, health, housing, income support for the unemployed and any measure of social policy ha been stripped away laving the middle and working classes significantly worse off and the economy still in decline.
So this brings us to the current crisis in information. Where does it come from? Whose interest does it serve and is there a way to find out what is actually happening without the distorting filter of vested interests? Some of these sadly are now rhetorical questions.
IU spoke to an ex-government minister about this problem and he nodded and said "blog".
The frustration of being in Government and not having fair or balanced reporting was the usual for the former Labor government.
Now we get what is basically cheer leading with the occasional piece in The Age that questions what is being done and said. But not nearly enough holding them to account.