Episode 285 – Australia Day Divides Australia … again
It sounds very woke to say it but it is true. Most countries celebrate the removal of colonialists rather than their arrival.
Noosa Temple Update
Australia Day … again
Australia Day debate is exhausting and data tells us it could last another generation
Welcome to Country – Indigenous fight
Australia Day Awards
Cam Reilly Facebook Problems
Quarantine for Tennis Players
Big Tech Vs Newspapers
Sky News is a Socal Media play
The Spectator has found God
Because we are old white men with nothing better to do.
From Craig B
A great start to the year mate. Thanks again for another interesting episode. I’m continually amazed at how you can disagree with each other so passionately and remain friends. It’s certainly an indication of your maturity, mutual respect and the way you each support your points of view.
… Anyway I hope you and the fellas stay safe and good luck for the new year.
My advice – talk don’t write
Beer – Paul Wayper and John Semmens
Discord – good for talking
Maybe both – Discord and Forum
An article in The Australian
Devil worshippers are celebrating “a small but important win for religious freedom”. The Noosa Temple of Satan has somehow managed to get the pentagram added to the religious symbols displayed at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s multi-faith centre alongside the Christian cross, Islam Star and Crescent, ancient Chinese yin and yang, Hindu Om and Buddhism wheel of dharma.
Leader Samael Demo-Gorgon (aka former Sex Party candidate and LGBTI activist Robin Bristow) is additionally seeking to be recognised as a chaplain.
“I look forward to providing comfort to Satanists when they’re in hospital,” Bristow said. “Also I can imagine there may be Christians who are facing death and may wish to turn to Satanism in their last moments. We need to give them every opportunity to turn to the Dark Lord. That‘s very important work.”
The comments section is gold
A national day is a day on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or state. It may be the date of independence, of becoming a republic, or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (such as a birthday, accession, or removal). The national day is often a public holiday. Many countries have more than one national day. Denmark and the United Kingdom are the two countries that do not have designated national days.
The national day of Spain?
We’ve all heard the arguments, about honouring the legacy of the British convicts who struggled in a harsh new land, of celebrating the achievements of a young multicultural country.
We heard this from our Prime Minister just days ago: “Australia Day is about how far we’ve come,” Scott Morrison said.
“When those 12 ships turned up in Sydney all those years ago, it wasn’t a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels,” he said.
Then of course there are the rallying cries of those who say a celebration on the anniversary of British occupation is the equivalent to dancing on their ancestors’ graves.
Those are people who cannot cheer for a country that was built on the dispossession and loss of their people.
This is the ideological wrestling over which part of this continent’s history is more important: the 65,000 years before 1788, or the 240 that have followed.
A tussle to decide if the loss of the first inhabitants should be commemorated, or the success of the new Australians celebrated.
This is the debate Australians have every year as we approach January 26, and really it’s a country grappling with its own identity.
There’s a lot of polling done on attitudes towards Australia Day, and the results vary depending on whose views are being canvassed.
The latest poll from think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, found 69 per cent of Australians supported the January 26 holiday.
A similar poll from the ANU’s Social Research Centre (SRC) in 2019 also found about 70 per cent of people supported the January 26 holiday.
But when you look at how young people are responding, there’s a clear generational divide.
For anyone who has had an awkward conversation with an older relative at a family barbecue, that’s probably not so hard to believe.
Millennials and Gen Z were far less supportive of celebrating January 26, at 58 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively, in the SRC poll.
Among older generations, support ranged from 73 per cent for Generation X, 80 per cent for Baby Boomers and 90 per cent for Silent Generation, which are those 73 years and older.
In 2017, 60 per cent of young Triple J listeners backed moving the iconic Hottest 100 countdown to a new day, out of respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
From The Courier Mail
An Indigenous elder challenged another senior Aboriginal identity to meet her “outside” to settle a public argument after being angrily heckled while delivering the welcome to country address at the Palaszczuk Cabinet’s annual Christmas reception.
In extraordinary scenes in front of a stunned Premier and hundreds of Queensland business and community identities last night, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll – who was attending the event as a guest – was forced to intervene in an attempt to calm the situation.
The bizarre confrontation began when Deputy Premier Steven Miles invited Jagera elder Uncle Desmond Sandy and daughter Aunty Deborah Sandy to give the traditional welcome at the event before the Premier spoke at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Plaza Ballroom.
However, a female guest interjected, shouting that the land did not belong to the pair and that her own people had been massacred.
The yelling and interjections continued as Ms Palaszczuk, Mr Miles and gobsmacked guests watched on at the strictly invitation-only event.
Ms Sandy, who spoke after her father, interrupted her speech to order the woman to be quiet and show some respect, or meet her outside. She said she was a “proud warrior woman”.
“That’s how we roll,’’ she said.
I’m looking forward to one day receiving my award for services to Satanism.
Facebook is threatening to delete this page because I apparently keep breaching their community standards. They just deleted a post I made back in March that showed a certain German fuhrer looking at a plaque in Sarajevo to Gavrilo Princip. I wrote “the guy who started WWII looking at a plaque for the guy who started WWI”. Apparently that went against their community standards. FFS. You can’t talk about history here anymore.
FFS, Facebook. I just spent two hours talking to someone in “Facebook Business Support” about how to get my ad manager unrestricted. I got nowhere. Check this out: they have restricted my ad manager account (meaning I can’t post any ads for 30 days) because I tried to promote a post on our Cold War podcast that was about the creation of the CIA in 1948. As the word “elections” appeared in the post, Facebook decided it was about politics. And because I was targeting American audiences with the ad, they want me to prove I live in the USA. Because I can’t do that, I’m stuck in purgatory. I explained to the “support” person that it’s not about contemporary politics, it’s about history. But there’s nothing he can do. He can’t appeal it. He can’t change it. Even though I deleted the ad, I’m still in purgatory. It’s completely ridiculous. Facebook has possibly the worse customer support I’ve ever encountered.
A good idea?
A useful article by James Cridland
… The Australian Government has produced a thing called the News Media Bargaining Code. It describes itself as “a mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and digital platforms, specifically Google and Facebook.”
The proposed law will force Google and Facebook to pay Australian news businesses to link to their stories or feature stories in their service.
So, just so we understand what’s going on, here’s a search for “News Bargaining Code”.
The “Top Stories” from Google News are both from ZDNet, a technology news website. As Google News says in its support documents, “You can use the Publisher Center tool to share your content with Google News by submitting RSS feeds, website URLs, or videos”; and, more importantly, “If you do not want to surface in Google News, you can block access to content on your sites without affecting your continued indexing and ranking in Google Search”.
In other words: publishers can ask to be included in this section, but can also opt-out of it entirely. If they don’t want Google to link to their stuff like this, that’s perfectly possible. And, additionally, you can get off Google Search entirely (which would remove the link to The Conversation, the fifth link in this screenshot).
Rupert Murdoch himself knows he can hide his content: he threatened to remove all his titles from Google’s index in 2009. Eleven years later, he’s still not done that: because he knows that’ll hurt his businesses even more. So he’s succeeded in convincing the government to get Google to promote his content for him, and to pay for the privilege. You have to hand it to him: he’s a wily operator.
(James explains that indexing news stories doesn’t attract advertising.)
So, I find it hard to understand quite how much Google “profits” from indexing news stories, as is the repeated claim.
It is, though, undeniable that the news organisations earn revenue from their appearance in Google News.
Here’s a story I clicked on the front page of Google News; the Courier Mail (owned by Rupert Murdoch) shows me a headline and a deliberately selly first paragraph (ending “This is how they did it…”): and then prompts me to sign up as a subscriber.
Other companies benefit from showing ad banners.
Here’s The Brisbane Times’s coverage of the same story: two big advertising ad banners are on this particular story, and the Brisbane Times uses a metered pay-wall to let me see a few stories per month and then to insist I subscribe in order to see more.
… But here’s the issue with the reporting of this: it’s impossible to find unbiased discussion of it, because every person doing that reporting is a journalist, working for a news organisation that stands to benefit financially if this law goes through.
Australians are simply not being given the information they need, from an unbiased source, to help make their mind up.
By Cam Wilson in Business Insider Australia
… It was hoped that (Alan) Jones would bring his massive radio audience with him.
He didn’t. Only a week into his tenure, “Alan Jones” had fewer than 60,000 viewers. By comparison, the ABC’s flagship news program “7.30” gets more than ten times that and both Seven and Nine’s evening news bulletins regularly reach more than a million viewers.
But the coverage of Jones and Sky News ratings was missing a much more interesting story.
Sky News Australia had successfully built a Fox News-like online operation in Australia, making it one of Australian media’s digital leaders with a reach that dwarfs its terrestrial audience numbers.
Remarkably, it has taken just over a year to cement its place as one of the nation’s loudest online voices, despite having a significantly smaller operation than its competitors.
On YouTube, their videos have been viewed 500 million times, more than any other Australian media organisation.
Facebook posts from their Page had more total interactions last month than the ABC News, SBS News, 7News Australia, 9 News and 10 News First Pages – and they’ve had more shares than all of them combined.
… the channel’s ratings pale in comparison to its free-to-air competitors.
But the real growth has been happening on the digital side.
According to current and former Sky News Australia employees, two things happened in mid-2019 that changed the course of the channel’s digital operation.
The first was hiring digital editor, Jack Houghton, previously at the Daily Telegraph. The second was more intense discussions with tech companies about their digital strategy. In August the company announced new partnerships with YouTube and Facebook. (As part of these partnerships, the company also stopped posting videos to Twitter.)
Following these discussions and partnerships, there was a push to produce a specific type of video that would perform well on these platforms. Specifically, that meant videos longer than three minutes.
This favoured opinion like editorials or panel interviews over news content, which is generally shorter and more expensive to produce.
According to one former Sky News Australia employee, the digital side of operations “gained credibility in News Corp” as videos were crossposted across different News Corporation websites and were embedded in articles.
The channel now puts out dozens of videos every day which are between three and six minutes in length on average, primarily taken from their ‘After Dark’ opinion coverage produced each evening.
Sky News Australia goes viral
Following this shift in strategy, Sky News Australia has experienced explosive growth.
According to social media analytics tool Social Blade, the channel had fewer than 70,000 subscribers in June 2019. Their channel didn’t upload a video between February 2017 and April 2019.
Today, it has nearly 900,000. This puts them second among Australian news publications behind only ABC News, which has more than 1.2 million.
But Sky New Australia’s videos have been viewed 500 million times – 60 million times more than ABC News’ total views. Their videos are being watched more than 3.7 million times a day on average — more than their monthly numbers halfway through last year.
Social Blade predicts that Sky News Australia’s total subscription numbers will overtake the ABC in early 2021 if current trends continue.
Over on Facebook, Sky News Australia’s Facebook following is the smallest out of all of Australia’s television news channels’ main Pages, except for Channel 10. They’ve accumulated just 730,000 likes, far behind ABC News’ 4.13 million.
But it’s reach likely beats all others. Facebook doesn’t offer publicly accessible reach or viewing metrics, but interactions — reactions, comments and shares — offer an idea.
And on that metric, Sky News Australia had 5.69 million interactions in October 2020 out of the 16.06 million recorded by Australia’s major broadcast television’s Facebook Pages.
The account had more than 890,000 of the 1.6 million shares across all the Pages.
Sky News Australia’s videos are also hosted on their website. Metrics for these views aren’t publicly available, but in July it was reported the the website had recorded an average of 50 million views per month in 2020, up more than 400% year on year.
The secret to Sky News Australia’s enormous number of interactions isn’t posting frequently.
The Pages’ interaction rate — a metric that shows you how engaging a post is by dividing the number of interactions an average post gets by the account’s follower count — is off the charts compared to other news media outlets.
Sky News Australia’s average interaction rate is 0.19%. The average for its peers is between 0.04%-0.05%. Second to Sky News Australia is 10 News First at 0.07%.
Part of the reason for their success appears to be their close coverage of international affairs, particularly the topics favoured by America’s right-wing media ecosystem.
Culture war content for a global audience
Unlike cable or terrestrial television, Sky News Australia’s digital content isn’t limited to Australian audiences. In fact, part of their strategy has been to try to cater to a potentially much larger global audience.
Not a single one of their top 10 videos on YouTube by views is about Australia. Of those videos, five are about US politics, three are about COVID-19, one is about Jeffrey Epstein and another is about bears wandering into shops. Each of them have millions of views.
… A U.S. presidential campaign exclusive on Sky News Australia
Just weeks ago, Sky News Australia host Sharri Markson conducted a twenty minute interview with former White House adviser and Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon.
Bannon is awaiting trial on fraud charges and is accused of being part of an effort to spread misinformation about the US election and COVID-19. He was recently suspended from Twitter and had content deleted off YouTube for saying he’d like to see National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr Anthony Fauci’s head on a stick.
Soon, this claim had been heard around the globe.
Nearly 5 million people have watched the interview on YouTube. Clips of the interview have been reposted on Facebook and Twitter and been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. News articles about the interview’s claims had been written — including by other Australian News Corporation publications — and widely shared.
Why Bannon decided to make what he considered an impactful announcement to do with the US presidential campaign on a Australian television station with small viewership numbers wouldn’t have made sense viewed through the lens of traditional reach.
But Sky News Australia isn’t just a small Australian television station any more.
Quietly, almost without anyone noticing, Sky News Australia had cemented itself as an Australian digital juggernaut broadcasting to the whole world.
He probably should be a footballer
From Brisbane Times
Celebrity chef Pete Evans has been removed from Facebook just days after telling Sydney followers to not get tested for COVID-19.
The social media giant, which Evans often used to communicate with followers, said his profile was removed for multiple breaches of its misinformation and harm policies.
Mr Evans has repeatedly shared COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories throughout the pandemic.
“We don’t allow anyone to share misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
Ha ha ha ha … if it wasn’t so sad it would be laughable
Anti-woke, anti-tax, anti-regulation, anti-China – no wonder the modern Christians love Spectator.
From their subscriber email on 8 January 2021
Dear Speccie reader,
In this week’s issue, Neil Brown hopes that God will save the national anthem from the editorial predations of the Prime Minister, Jeremy Luke Bate reveals how the drugs he was exposed to in the womb contributed to his gender dysphoria and how the Catholic church helped him regain his sexual orientation and his moral compass. Kevin Andrews says it’s high time Australia had a Magnitsky Act to sanction international human rights abusers, Maurice Newman examines how the global elites got the US president they wanted, James Allan gloats that Britain’s diehard remainers have been hoist on their own petards and Mark Higgie reflects on the Woke Iron Curtain dividing Europe …
That was the first paragraph. Should I bother reading on?
May as well read the Catholic Leader
Neil Brown – The paradox of our age of abundance, is that we fret incessantly about scarcity, and yet, like the wisdom of the Lord, the stupidity of our governing classes is infinite.
Jeremy Luke Bate – Headline and sub-line reads
“Sex, drugs and gender dysphoria – Catholicism is an anchor in a sea of moral relativism”
Kevin Andrews – FFS anti-China BS
Maurice Newman – the headline and subline – You can’t fight Tammany Hall – Fraudulent practices in the US election have been ignored because they suit the global elite.
James Allan – If you’re a Brexiteer, like I am and have been since well before the 2016 Brexit referendum, this Boris deal gets a score of about 4 out of 5. I would have preferred a Hard Brexit.
Who is James Allan? From Wikipedia – Allan writes opinion pieces in The Australian newspaper. He is author of Democracy in Decline: Steps in the Wrong Direction, occasional contributor to Quadrant magazine and The Spectator and editor of the University of Queensland Law Journal. As a columnist for The Spectator, he has repeated the debunked and discredited view that Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was driven by large-scale electoral fraud.
Mark Higgie – beloved of Tony Abbott and Greg Sheridan wrote an anti-muslim anti-woke piece.
Nutters. Yes fucking nutters!