Media bias isn’t equal: there’s no Golden Mean

Blogger Vanessa Ortero created this infographic showing (predominantly US) news and politics media sources and their respective reliability and bias. It’s an interesting infographic, but it doesn’t display just how extremist the “extreme right” is compared to the “extreme left”. Visually, one might get the impression that right-wing and left-wing are equally as good or as […]

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The depressing debacle of the NBN

The current NBN row is as dispiriting as it is unsurprising. For those of us who followed the original project with expectation and excitement, only to see it ripped up and cast aside for the current fiasco, there’s little comfort in schadenfreude. The absolute, utter, failure of the Coalition scheme was wholly anticipated. And the […]

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Courage and clicks: why controversy works

Controversy and click-bait still cut through. That’s the perhaps unpalatable truth revealed by recent Newsmodo research. Their top performing articles were those with headlines that got “a rise” out of some audiences, making them click through. “It’s critical that all pitches include a ‘controversial’ headline that has the reader click through, but the article itself […]

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