Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Scraping the bottom of the barrel

Back in Oz and just about over the tiredness and jetlag from the trip back.

The federal pollies are back scraping the bottom of the barrel, especially the opposition. We have the so-obvious ploy of  Tony Abbott going on a 'positive' offensive - and in case we're in any doubt he's using the word 'positive' over and over again in his speeches.

He would normally be leading the personal attacks on Julia Gillard but he's using Julie Bishop as his attack dog in much the same way that John Winston Howard used him, Abbott, as his attack dog. Abbott is just sitting there trying to look innocent.

For the last two days they've used Question Time to do nothing but attack the PM. Forget the country, forget questioning government policy, decisions or performance which affect the country and us. Every question relates to their latest attack theme, her time as a lawyer two decades ago.

Bishop has even accused Gillard of criminal behaviour, an accusation she rapidly backed away from.

In NSW we have former ministers and senior party men embroiled in all sorts of dodgy, even illegal, money making schemes. The current government, like previous governments, looking after their mates and themselves rather than the state and us.

So nothing changes on the political front, at federal and state level.

On the TV news yesterday a big thing was made of the fact that analogue TV had been switched off, replaced by digital. They were almost hyperventilating with excitement, telling us the new age would give us 'better pictures, better, sound and more channels'.

It's all bullshit of course. What it demonstrated was that the thing that actually matters, content, wasn't in anyone's thinking. Thought is only going into the hardwatre, none into software.

Whether it's in analogue or digital, black or white, plasma screen, 3D...the problem is that content is crap.

The fact is that digital will simply give us better pictures and better sound of crap.

More channels simply means that crap will be even more readily available, the same programmes repeated on channel after channel.

There just isn't enough content - of any standard, let alone of any quality - to fill the channels we already have.

We have repeats of crap from decades ago. Even old black and white sitcoms are being rerun over and over again.

They pump out British things that were mildly amusing on occasion when they were made.  On The Buses for example, which finished its original airing forty years ago. And  Mind Your Language, its original run ending thirty years ago.

It's depressing.







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