January 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM
It must be hard being the national 'yoof' radio network, triple j.
A few years ago (holy shit- it was 10 years ago) I wrote an article about the national broadcaster called "The Trouble With triple j" in which I whined and bitched (although I am certainly no musician) about how triple j had lost its way, it wasn't spending its tax payer dollars the right way blahdey blah blah blah.
Of course I was a bit pleased with myself at the time because my article was quite widely read but it turns out bashing triple j is a perennial favorite on the blogosphere and a low hanging fruit when journalists and bloggers are looking to kick up a bit of controvesy because the blogosphere it is currently all lit up with talk of triple j having lost its way after a report from The Age newspaper claimed that their study showed that young up and coming musicians were tailoring their music to what they term "the triple j sound" to improve their chance of being played on the network and that this was leading to the homogenisation of Australian music. Presumably if triple j is the villain of the story, it must follow naturally that Channel 10, 9, 7 and Austereo must be the heros of the story the way they so vigorously promote a diverse Australian music scene (wait, what?).
The fact that my commentary 10 years ago seems as relevant today as it was 10 years ago leads me to suspect that, unknown to me at the time and somewhat paradoxically, perhaps triple j has ALWAYS been this way and my commentary was as trite and predictable as the criticisms being bandied about now. triple j has always held out the tantalising prospect to young artists that perhaps all that matters is their art, but that has never quite worked out. triple j is paid for with other peoples money and mass appeal does matter to triple j. It always has done unfortunately.
Stakes were raised when Melbourne based singer/song writer Whitley got involved via a series of status updates from his Facebook page. You can read about it on this post at music blog, Tone deaf. Whitley, who I had never heard of before, was apparently an unearthed artist from a few years back. His full back catalog of songs seems to be available on Spotify if you want to go listen.
Or you can watch the best song from his latest album on Youtube.
Whitley, known to his friends as Lawrence Greenwood, wrote:
I have had a listen and it is not really my thing and I can see why Triple J would be in no rush to add his new album to general rotation. It is not very good. I mean it is fairly good. It is better than I could do. It is quite nice to listen to. But it is not so amazingly awesome that it is some kind of crime against radio for triple j to not want to play it.
However Whitley does make some good compelling points in amongst the exageration and hyperbole.
Maybe Triple J has always been the way it is right now and we are all getting a little too carried away. JJJ has always been better than the commercial stations, yet as a commercial station of sorts it has never, will never, live up the hopes held for it by the successive generations of young people that love it dearly and then grow up and out of the target demographic.
September 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM
What good is it to survive a treacherous journey from Java to Christmas Island in a rickety old wooden boat on high seas if when you get there you are only going to be sent to a crowded rape gulag in Papua New Guinea?
September 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM
I started writing this article and it was all about who you should vote for at the election in a weeks time on the 7th of September. I even created a how to vote card that showed how you should number your candidates if you wanted to vote like me. Not really as arrogant as it sounds considering that every political party in the country is presumptuous enough to do the very same thing. But I have completely rewritten this article because I realized that there was a more pressing matter to discuss than simply how you should number your ballot.
Now this article is about the parlous state of the media and our political system.
June 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM
You would be hard pressed to find a better demonstration than this graphic on the left (courtesy of Guardian Australia) of why, if you posses Labor values and want to see a Labor agenda implemented, you should prefer Julia Gillard to Kevin Rudd. They share the same policies and believe in the same things, only Gillard made things happen and Rudd was a hopeless ditherer. I will still vote for Rudd because he is better than Abbott and Labor voters who believe the propaganda that Julia Gillard was a backstabber or believe, subconsciously or openly, that women don't belong in positions of leadership will also vote for Rudd.
But that's in the Labor heartland. In the marginal seats where elections are won and lost the overwhelming feeling will be one of "we can't trust this Labor Party that can't work together, can't put forward their best team and can't put the country before their own personal interests".
May 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM
What should people be able to say and what should be prohibited? How does Australia progress as a nation? Do we have to be careful about what we say about sensitive topics or should we talk about it endlessly until we work it out and it is no longer sensitive? A story currently in the news cause me to reflect on this questions.
From what I can gather, the current row over racism in the AFL started when a 13 year old girl, a Collingwood fan I believe, shouted out to Adam Goodes "Hey Ape!". Goodes stoped the game to point out the offending girl to security staff and demand that she be removed from the ground.
May 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Here we are on the cusp of the 13th General Election in Malaysia since independence. Only 2 days to go before we find out what kind of future Malaysia will choose for itself. I would love to see Anwar Ibrahim become the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia on the 5th of May, 2013. I would love to see a new Malaysia. One where your race and your religion is not as important as what you can contribute to your country. Sadly I don't think it will happen.
February 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Dengan penuh kehormatan,
Saya nak berbual sedikit dengan awak semua, golongan pemuda Islam di Malaysia. Saudara dan saudari, Perkasa, persatuan itu yang dipimpin oleh katak katak itu, Ibrahim Ali dan Zulkifli Noordin, ada sangat marah sebab terwujud sedikit sebanyak alkitab Nasrani yang diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Malaysia, yang guna kalimah Allah di dalamnya untuk merujuk kepada yang maha esa dalam kepercayaan Nasrani. Jom kita bincang hal itu.
February 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Well this is Unreal Adventure at the crossroads. We literally parked the bikes at the crossroads between China, Chita, Vladivostok and Yakutsk to have a chat about our future (well our past now. This was first published in 2011 on our travel blog).
February 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Sudah selesai satu lagi tahun bergelora untuk hubungan Malaysia sama Indonesia. Oleh itu saya maksudkan sebenarnya mereka yang mempunyai pengaruh yang paling kuat atas hubungannya telah terus bertindak seperti mereka gila.
January 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM
It's been another tumultuous year for the Malaysian Indonesian bilateral relationship by which I mean that those with the most influence over the relationship have continued to act like they are batshit crazy.
January 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM
"Morshna ya vas snimoo". Kirill and I got that one sorted out before we even left Perth. By the time we arrived at Sheremetevo airport in Moscow (June or July 2011) I had already committed it to memory. It is polite Russian for "May I film you?"
September 21, 2012 at 6:16 PM
The guy on the left is Fauzi Bowo. Or more colloquially known as "Foke". The guy with the fat head giving him an awkward sideways hug is Nachowi Ramli, the Deputy Governor.
Fauzi Bowo has been the Governor of Jakarta since 2007, but yesterday he lost an election to another man who will be the new Governor of Jakarta. This is a good thing..
Indonesian politics is disappointingly bereft of substantial issues. There is very little big picture stuff. All candidates make acknowledgement of the most obvious problems and promise that they will be fixed yet a grand vision for the city is never presented to voters. Most voters don't hope for too much more than a city without problems. Yes but HOW will you create a city without floods, gridlocked traffic, a thick haze of pollution and increasing income inequality?
Such fundamental questions never get asked or answered.
September 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM
Trolling isn't just for pimply teenagers hiding behind their computer screen. Its also for billionaire mining magnates hiding in their ivory towers.
Trolllololollooollll. Lang Hancock was a nasty old bigot but probably not serious about poisoning Aboriginies as he suggests in the video to the right. Probably just trying to get a rise out of people. So lets see what his daughter is like.....
"The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young. This secret needs to be spread widely" - Gina Rinehart
June 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM
As I type I am bumping up and down in a Ural sidecar somewhere between Irkutsk and Ulan Ude. (This was written in August of 2011 and first posted in unrealadventure.com) The roads here are rubbish so each pot hole is a typo. Luckily the auto correct on my iPhone captures most of them.
We have some bad news about the bikes. Turns out they are stuffed. We are already 4 days out of Irkutsk and we still haven't made it as far as Ulan Ude. We are averaging about 100km a day and it's not for any lack of effort on our part. The bikes break down on a daily basis. More even. If not for Kirills expertise with these bikes and the kindness of locals we wouldn't be as far as we are.
June 21, 2012 at 1:52 AM
June 9, 2012 at 2:41 AM
Elections have been held recently in post Mubarak Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood seem to have done rather well. Islamophobes in the west and apparently even some in the Islamic world, greet this news with great trepidation.
June 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM
Well tomorrow morning we leave Vietnam for Russia (this blog post was first posted on our now defunct Unreal Adventure website on the 5th of July 2011). Will we ever return to this amazing country? I would like to think so.
March 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I certainly do not need to write a 'for dummies' guide for Malaysians. They have already made up their minds about Lynas and are now quite knowledgeable about the issues. They have learned more about rare earths and radioactive thorium than most of the rest of us will learn in a life time and they want Lynas out of their country.
November 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM
Shall we abuse Human Rights (and abolish the Carbon and Mining taxes) to better compete with Africa for Mining Investment?
The CEO of a South African mining company has claimed that Australia is one of the riskiest places in the world to do business despite the fact that his company have business operations in war torn Sub-Saharan Africa and had active gold operations 8 years ago in The Democratic Republic of Congo in the midst of some the worst human rights abuses seen on that continent. The Carbon Tax and the Mineral Resources Rent Tax were cited by AngloGold Ashanti CEO Mark Cutifani as reasons why it is comparatively riskier to do business in Australia.