Monday, October 16, 2006

Welcome back to the redneck wonderland

So I'm back in Australia, sitting in a friends house in the Blue Mountains, looking out his window over the National Park, watching the mist roll on by, contemplating an image I might use for a talk at the Global Summit. 'bloip' goes skype as a Stephan messages me a link to that only-good-for-fire-starting rag, The Sydney Morning Herald.

Vandalism and Violence on You Tube - by Catherine Munro

PARENTS are being warned to monitor their children's viewing of YouTube, the hugely popular video site that is carrying scenes of teenage violence and vandalism...

...Fighting in Australian schools also features, along with demonstrations of how to spray graffiti on the outside of moving trains.

The site was impossible to access at public schools, an Education Department spokesman said...

...Adolescence psychologist (sic) Michael Carr-Gregg said the craze threatened to encourage copycat behaviour and urged all schools to ban the use of camera phones...

..."It's nasty stuff," Dr Carr-Gregg told The Sun-Herald. "I have seen some stuff which involved girls kicking each other on the ground, which made me want to vomit. In the background you can hear the person shouting 'I've got it' as they film."...

...The massive price Google paid for YouTube reflects how keen IT players are to shore up access to the millions of people who access the site every day...

...But the so-called "new media" is proving difficult to regulate...

..."No reform package can stop the migration of consumers from traditional media into more exciting and more flexible formats," Mr Berg wrote.

Not a scrap of concern as to the evidence of violence in schools, not a mention. Just a dull attack at the "so called new media" from a mysterious Cat Munroe - a few seconds of searching didn't turn her up, she probably doesn't even exist - just a name to pin press releases from the NSW Department of Uneducation to. I feel sorry for Michael Carr-Gregg though, in the absence of Cat, he's the next in line - and an easy target at that. Knowing how anonymous rag news works, they probably quoted Carr-Greg out of context... surely a doctor wouldn't be so narrow minded!


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