An address to the Corporate Affairs and Communication Leaders’ Summit
Auckland, 20 August 2019
Let me begin with a consumer warning: The following doesn’t exactly follow the title.
Yes, it will address ethics, politics, the media, and business.
However, it will do so in the context of expectations rather than influences. In other words, it is about things you will have to factor into your future, rather than having you recognise the somewhat more discretionary effects that a word like ‘influence’ might denote.
In order to paint this future for you, I need to take you back into the relatively recent past. Continue reading
I wasn’t shocked by last week’s execution of search warrants on Australian journalists. The Australian Federal Police actions simply brought back nasty memories.
To read my commentary on the media raids go to this link: RNZ commentary
The events in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 are still vivid in all our minds so I do not need to revisit each stage the attack. Suffice to say that there was a remarkably short space of time between police receiving reports of gunfire to the arrest of the gunman: A mere 21 minutes. Of course, at that stage, police did not know he was acting alone, and the emergency extended well beyond that 21- minute timeframe. Continue reading
This feature, and an accompanying story on Taiwan’s experience of disinformation, appeared in the 16-22 February issue of the New Zealand Listener:
An address to the New Zealand Skeptics Conference 18 November 2018
It would be comforting to think that a society dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking would be immune to the effects of disinformation. As Skeptics, you are supposed to question the validity of statements, to examine whether there is objective support for the claims made. Your powers of critical thinking will stand you in good stead but even you are not immune to disinformation. Continue reading
A short extract from my chapter in “Stardust and Substance”, published this month by VUW Press.
THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MEDIA: NINE LAISSEZ-FAIRE YEARS
The ruling National Party failed to attend two 2017 conferences at which other political parties heard of growing anxiety over the state of the news media in New Zealand. There is telling symbolism in an empty chair. Continue reading
The topic I’ve been given is a big one: The impact media have on the world and how democracy could be in danger if the fourth estate is consigned to history. I need to move fast. Continue reading