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NZ Media Ownership 2018

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Apart from financialisation, job losses in the print newspaper market were triggered by falling circulation, the growth of online news consumption, and the migration of advertising revenue to Google and Facebook.

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REVENGE OF THE ELITES: An analysis of the Wentworth Sydney by-election result

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It was a slaughter in the end. The Wentworth Sydney by-election was expected to be a close race between Dave Sharma (Liberals) and Kerryn Phelps (independent). Malcolm Turnbull’s ejection as Prime Minister on August 24 and his subsequent departure from federal politics had riled local voters

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Clash of Civilities – review of Dr Cornell West & Douglas Murray

By   /  August 21, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

On Friday evening August 17 at Auckland`s Aotea Centre Cornell West and Douglas Murray faced off.

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American Fissures

By   /  July 13, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Recently, upon arriving in Eugene, Oregon a taxi driver told me a story which sums up America`s incivility today. A prospective customer, with avowed pro-Trump sentiments was about to enter the vehicle. When the driver, part Hispanic but Caucasian looking, gave an opposite view the customer walked away.  Avoiding the company of  an anti-Trump liberal was well worth the inconvenience of a delayed journey.

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  11 Comments

May the fifth marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx – philosopher, political economist and revolutionary. A few days before the celebrations begin he granted this extraordinary interview at an unnamed ale house in Auckland.     

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MUST READ: Yes it could happen here. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica & the poisoning of electoral democracy

By   /  April 4, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Under MMP our small voting public effectively constitutes a  single manipulable seat. The psychographic dispositions of swing voters could  be identified , targeted  and manipulated without difficulty. Certain offshore and resident billionaires could easily meet campaign research expenses and hide their contributions behind blind trusts. In place of Cambridge Analytica would be another similar organisation with a friendlier sounding name.  Election campaigns centred around the issues of tax, national sovereignty  and/or oil, gas and coal  exploration  would certainly draw the attention of the one-percenters .

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MUST READ: “This is a state of emergency” – New Zealand at the Turning Point

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

This is a state of emergency. If only piecemeal measures are contemplated and if the structural underpinnings of wealth polarisation are not recognised, our county`s future is bleak . Slums on the edges of our major cities, prison riots, civil unrest and a secluded one per cent contributing to charities but secretly blaming the poor for their plight.

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New Zealand media ownership: History and obfuscation

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

This year’s New Zealand Media Ownership report written by Merja Myllylahti and published by the Journalism, Media and Democracy research centre (JMAD) recounts how two attempted mergers failed. The Sky TV–Vodafone and NZME–Fairfax mergers were prevented by the Commerce Commission (in the latter case an appeal is before the High Court). These events are of […]

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New Zealand Media Ownership : why it matters

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

The general results have been  catastrophic for those committed to public sphere principles. Newsrooms contracted, news content thinned out, and current affairs journalism disappeared from prime time television. We have here an over bearing convergence of finance, political and media culture which obscures the issues of media ownership.

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fraud, class and the media: the Metiria Turei controversy

By   /  August 22, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

Research by Associate Professor Lisa Marriot from Victoria University reveals that 5 per cent of welfare recipients are investigated compared to .01 per cent  of taxpayers. Welfare fraud attracts 800-1000 criminal prosecutions a year compared to 60-80 for tax fraud.  Of tax dodgers whose offending reaches about $270,000, 18 per cent will be jailed. Of those welfare fraudsters who have obtained around $70,000, 67 per cent can expect jail time

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5 lessons we learnt from the British election result

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Tony Blair`s dismissal of Labour`s election chances was entirely misplaced. Jeremy Corbyn increased Labour`s vote share by more than any leader since 1945. Labour received more votes in England than in Tony Blair`s landslide win of 1997. The success of Labour`s campaign slogan `For the many not the few` retrospectively exposed the vacuity of Tony Blair`s `third way` ideology.

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Spin-off outsmarted: Why the NZME -Fairfax merger decision is essentially correct

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Predictably, opposition to the Commerce Commission`s decision came from Fairfax and NZME; their own submissions had argued strenuously for a merger go-ahead. Accordingly, the New Zealand Herald`s May 5 editorial was entitled `Blocking this merger is a big mistake.`

Less predictably, Duncan Greive on `Spin-Off` was even more virulently opposed to the Commerce Commission`s decision.

I expected a more considered argument from an on-line magazine which is said to employ `some of New Zealand`s best non-fiction writers to create smart, shareable content`.

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STAKE YOUR CLAIM – A review of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s Hit and Run

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  12 Comments

The construction of this book was a painstaking and dangerous enterprise. John Stephenson risked life and limb by returning to the villages and interviewing survivors, and assembling the family trees of the dead and wounded. Empty shell casings from Apache helicopter cannon rounds were collected and photographed. A series of locally sourced stories from the Pajhwok News Agency, pointing to civilian deaths and casualties were filed. And, as mentioned earlier, a locally documented list of the dead and wounded was obtained and photocopied. By triangulating this material with the admissions of anonymous sources throughout the SAS and NZDF, Hager and Stephenson have built a powerful case.

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Trump, Time and History

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

The two and a half weeks since Donald Trump`s inauguration seem longer. Does anybody else have the uneasy feeling that we are six or so months into the first term? If so then welcome to this blog. What follows is an interim depiction of Donald Trump as President through the lens of time and history.

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Keeping Up Appearances: The verdict on John Key and the NZ Listener’s adoration of him

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

If the appearances of a leader are taken on trust by influential commentators and the general populace, then mythology will prevail. History will be fabricated rather than examined. The three widely propagated myths about John Key are; that he was not really ideological, he occupied the political centre and that he left no legacy.

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`I’m comfortable with that’ A review of Gavin Ellis` ‘Complacent Nation’

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  14 Comments

Census figures reveal that the number of print, radio and television journalists fell from 2,214 to 1,170 between 2006 and 2013. Ellis notes that remaining journalists must respond to print, broadcasting and digital platforms as news budgets contract. Unsurprisingly, tabloid news values have predominated. Ellis` front page,weekday survey of five metropolitan dailies (during January 2014) showed that 60 per cent of the New Zealand Herald`s lead stories were about crime or emergencies.

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