ed: what we are seeing at the moment is a generational-changeover of the acceptable gatekeepers in the new zealand media..
and a castle parable can be used as illustration..
..we had the old-media gatekeepers firmly in control of the castle – and the yowling mob outside was never even heard – let alone their opinions/thoughts taken into consideration..
the first crack in that castle-wall came with the allowing of comments in the likes of the herald..
..at first this was censored/’moderated’ to an extraordinary degree – with only agreeing voices allowed to be published..
..this then loosened to the extent that f*ckwits like rodney hide could post his weekly pile of gob-shite – and you would read him just to get some context to the comments-thread in which he was invariably ruthlessly monstered..
(and to me this was the strength of the (late/lamented) ability to comment on herald stories..hide now gets to publish his crap – unquestioned – so of course no more need to read him..)..but more on comments later..
so outside the wall with the yowling mobs were the new/wannabe-generation of acceptable-gatekeepers – waving their arms in the air and going ‘me!’..’me!’..’i won’t rock the boat!..really..!..i won’t..!’
and a big part of their schtick at the time was ‘freedom of speech’/let the people be heard!’ etc..etc..
..so..that brings us to now – and time has taken its’ toll on that older generation of acceptable gatekeepers – that and publishing changes have meant that the new generation of acceptable gatekeepers are now inside/have taken over the citadel..
and guess what they have done..?….they have gone ‘quick! quick! pull up the drawbridge! – shut out/close down that yowling mob!..they are just trolls!’..
and this is what they have done..
and they learnt well from that initial mistake made by the old acceptable-gatekeepers – how they allowed commentaries on their published pieces to be published…
..this new generation of acceptable-gatekeepers will have none of that questioning going on..
..in their taken-over citadel of the herald – and in their herald/corporate spinoff (accurately-named) spinoff..
..the new acceptable-gatekeepers will allow no dissenting voices – those new acceptable gatekeepers can now publish whatever sponsered-material pandering to crap they like..
..and nary a dissenting comment will be allowed..
..meet the new acceptable-gatekeepers…as it turns out – even worse than the old acceptable-gatekeepers..
..and funny story – they sling the bullshit that they are doing this closing down of all abilities to comment to protect the readers from ‘trolls’…and those tewwible tewwible things they can say…
..the likes of david slack appearing on breakfast television pushing this crap almost had me puking…at his cynical sincerities/frettings
..and he/they must think we are all as dumb as a sack of f*cken doorknobs..
..that we don’t all know that closing off comments/dissenting voices in the herald and spinoff (and all those other knobs lining up to do the same thing – all justifying their actions as their hands being forced by those ‘tewwible tewwible trolls’)
this is all just rolling back the clock to a previous/worse era..and closing off/down those options for the yowling mob to have their say – no doubt something they still pretend to support – given all that ‘free-speech’ bullshit they used to spout..
like i said…f*ck them..!
(and while i’m at it – for shame on radio new zealand for also closing off commenting ability…w.t.f. are you thinking..?..)