procurement of tablets for TDs in order to save money on paper is a stupid, idiotic idea, I thought it would have been facetious to actually give it any thought. Then, on the News at One, Oireachtas head of Communications Mark Mulqueen comes on the radio and says that it will save money in the long term, as part of a move towards "the paperless office".
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
love-in with RTE was a classic wolf in sheep's clothing. RTE decided to make a programme about television and its future, as part of the fiftieth anniversary programme, that was in effect an egregious, dishonest use of the license fee to defend the license fee itself. There was no real analysis of other markets and how they operate, because almost all of them operate differently to Ireland; some operate on a license fee without ads (Germany, France), while others operate on ads with no license fee (USA - though PBS is a specifically and exclusively federally funded organisation). RTE takes both, and screws up at both. For ad based content, you need to compete against other commercial channels - RTE's viewing figures have been steadily falling over the years. For license fee driven content, you need to advance the cultural and political objectives of the state: within the last twelve months, the monstrous treatment of Fr Kevin Reynolds, TweetGate and Sean Gallagher, were swiftly followed by the shutting of the London office of RTE.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
|Romantic Ireland's Dead and Gone, |
It's with Whitaker in Retirement
Monday, October 01, 2012
|Scary corporate men coming to get you!|
― Alexis de Tocqueville
George Monbiot is a man of passion. He is one of the people who - in my mid twenties - helped me to see past the orthodoxy of western liberalism, and actually question the righteousness of the establishment. That was a good thing. But I moved on. As quickly as I understood that the establishment needed to be questioned, I understood the importance of perspective; that being outside the establishment made it difficult to see in, just as it was often painfully difficult for those within the establishment to see out.