Dead Blogs

As anyone passing by this site in recent months would know, this blg has basically been dead for some time. But perhaps it’s just been resting. When I saw a piece towards the end of last year by Jason Kottke called The Blog is Dead (long live the blog) – http://kottke.org/13/12/rip-the-blog-1997-2013 – it seemed apt….

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Malaysian Elections & Social Media

This weekend sees a national election taking place which could be pivotal in Malaysia’s future, which makes it a significant event in Australia’s south-east Asian region. It also reminded me of a forum I attended in Kuala Lumpur last year as part of Malaysia Social Media Week (MSMW). I spoke in one session which looked…

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Changing Times

In the past I’d write an angry blog post on refugee rights. Now I just tweet that the ALP & Coalition both suck big time on refugee rights. (and then post the tweet on my blog) Having said that, I wouldn’t be surprised if the comment thread contains statements that are little more than a…

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Latest Brisbane Media Map launched

Tonight I was at Kelvin Grove campus of QUT to speak briefly at the launch of the latest annual update of the Brisbane Media Map, which is put together by final year Media and Communications students from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty. They describe it as “an online resource that provides a comprehensive guide to the…

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6 years of blogging

It’s been such a long time since I started this blog, and both I and the blog have been through so many transitions I’d forgotten what time of year it was that I started it. So it was a complete coincidence that I thought I might look to see when the first entry was, and…

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New Matilda folding

Some sad news for independent media today, with the announcement that the New Matilda website is likely to be shutting up shop at the end of next month. As most readers would be aware, I’ve had a number of pieces published on New Matilda over the years. I’m sure I’ll still be able to find…

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Blogging across national boundaries

Blogging across nations A couple of months ago, I started doing a few http://www.asiancorrespondent.com/andrew-bartlett-blog blog posts a week at a new site called http://www.asiancorrespondent.com/ Asian Correspondent.  In short, the site is an amalgam of standard news reports from countries across most of the Asian region – including Australia – along with posts a wide range…

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Writings and doings

Writings and doings The asylum seeker debate is causing a lot of political and media flurry at the moment.  In one way that’s good, because it’s an important and complex issue with some crucial principles at stake.  But for years I have found it frustrating that an excessive focus on a very small number of…

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5 Years on ……..

I was just reading  a piece on New Matilda noting the five year anniversary since that online publication first appeared. The piece explores the evolution of the online environment for news and opinion in that time, as well as the continuing discussion about the future (or lack thereof) of ‘quality journalism’. All of which made…

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Helping Iranians to speak, hear and be heard

The crucial role the internet is playing in enabling Iranians (and the rest of the world) to access uncensored information about what is happening in the post-election dispute http://blogs.crikey.com.au/bartlett/2009/06/17/the-revolution-will-be-twittered/ has been well documented.  It is obvious that social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs are very important, otherwise the Iranian government would not…

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Another Political Cartoon contest at New Matilda

I wrote last year about a new cartoon competition being run by New Matilda.  The opportunities for political cartoonists to make a living are probably fewer than ever these days, so it’s great that New Matilda has been holding the same competition again this year.  To have a look at their final heat entries click…

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