The week that was….
This week’s collection may be controversial, considering that I’ve been more supportive than most in the online world of the way the MSM covered the PM’s blistering response to Tony Abbott.
Nevertheless, I’ve tried to provide a cross section of the best pieces which covered the event. I’ve also included quite a number of the end-of-the-week analyses which examine, among other factors, the disconnect between the MSM and “new media” responses. Also included are two thought-provoking pieces on the business of outrage that [now] pervades political discourse.
Finally, for those who’d like to spend a small part of their precious weekend thinking about something other than Slipper-gate and the PM’s speech, I’ve collected a number of great think-pieces to ponder.
The Prime Minister, the Slipper and misogyny
- Clementine Ford: Playing the sexism card – a guide for politicians
- Caitlin Welsh: What the Australian media missed in Gillard’s misogyny speech
- Tim Dunlop: The gatekeepers of news have lost their keys
- Piping Shrike: Degeneration
- Get Shortened / Amy Mullins: It’s all just a load of politics
- Bernard Keane: Is the social media fury at the press gallery misplaced?
- Jonathan Holmes: Who has the ear of the ordinary people?
- Kate Legge: PM’s speech may write a page in history
- Julia Baird: Words that millions of women have rehearsed, yet never spoken
- Jacqueline Maley: Out of touch maybe, but press galleries don’t laud speeches
- Ben Eltham: Gillard rides the new wave of feminism
- Melinda McPherson: Why we’ll remember Gillard’s speech
End of the week analysis
- Laura Tingle: Complicated Canberra – drama compels, numbers count and Gillard’s pyrrhic victory
- Dennis Atkins: Canberra is getting as mad as hell
- Barry Cassidy: Hasty conclusions in a labyrinthine week of blunders
- Tom Dusevic: Players in risky game
- Paul Kelly: Misogyny tactic will backfire
- George Megalogenis: Come election time, the real world will have moved on
- Laurie Oakes: Misogyny’s a hit for badass Julia Gillard
- Jack Waterford: A volley savoured around the earth
- Lenore Taylor: PM’s speech did stir hearts, but remember the context
- Michael Gordon: The dogs of war replace Canberra’s civilised pack
- Geoff Kitney [free]: Gillard lets slip her chance to lead
- Phillip Hudson: None of these assess deserve so much as a donkey vote
The business of outrage
Other crunchy brain food
- Peter Brent: Conservatives or incumbents?
- GrogsGamut/Greg Jericho: Changing role of women in the workplace
- Peter Lewis: Polls apart – is Labor really coming back?
- Jonathan Green: Status quo is no longer an option for the media
- Tim Dunlop: The future is tabloid – and a good thing too
- Annabel Crabb: Grubby, grotty, silly and sexist, but misogynist is a sledge too far
- Michelle Grattan: The Prime Minister’s man problem
- Jessica Irvine: Canberra’s sex wars are underpinned by real sexual inequality