News is this funny thing. One day it’s interesting.

And the very next, it’s devastating.

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Funny that.

Why do we feel the need to keep everyone up to date on the rising threat of ‘terrorism’?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there’s no such thing.

I’m saying people lie.

Some people lack the morals you and I share.

But even then, that’s still an assumption.

What I’m getting at is:

  • we seem to blame every horrible act on terrorism,
  • we lack a real understanding of the world, and
  • we are believing everything we hear.

That’s like believing every single thing that comes out of someone’s mouth.

You can’t tell me you agree with every single thing President Trump has ever said.

Including the stuff about climate change.

(Sorry that’s a sore spot) (Blame my environment politics class for that).

It’s easy to judge someone based on the way they look, by their actions in any given moment.

But to actually get to know a real person these days… God forbid.

We all happily consume news, but is the reporter reputable?

Are the sources reputable?

Like, is Avril Lavigne dead, or alive?

Do you see what I mean?

We don’t know, but we’re happy for a stranger to tell us what’s up.

And some of us believe that.

What is with that?


What the Trump?


What has gotten everyone’s attention lately? The presidential election?

So let’s “grab [it] by the p***y” and get this show on the road.

Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States Wednesday afternoon, local time (AEDT).

Will this happen?

And what does he stand for?


The more the merrier.

According to his personal website Americans right to “keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”

Which is disturbing if you watch this video by Vox.

But some of his messages are mixed and muddled.

For instance, in another video by Vox, they said: “he is a man with an appetite for supressing dissent through violence.”

But why does he now have a problem with protesters? Are they not violent enough?

Or is it because that they aren’t supporting the same things he supports?

There was a live update on the post-election protests run by The Guardian, and a chilling video sums up what a lot of us Australian’s were thinking. You can view it here.

AUSTRALIA lost around$35 billion on the Australian Stock Exchange.

UNITED STATES stock markes dropped lower than post-9/11 after Donald Trump picked up Ohio, North Carolina and Florida in the election.

And the highlight of Trump’s day was probably seeing the Mexican Paso drop 10 per cent compared to the US dollar, which is the worst fall in more than two decades.

Read more about this here.

Via Reuters you can also read the latest developments following Trump’s win.

Do American’s really want to re-locate to Canada?

The short answer… yes.

CBC News spoke to immigration lawyer Heather Segal who said that contact from Americans has “progressively increased” and there’s a “different feel” from the last time.

Every city has a Donald Trump; ours is just the Trumpiest – Padma Lakshmi


The short version of this, is that there seems to be a similarity to racism both now and roughly 50 years ago. See here.

And also while we’re talking about the past, watch Stephen Colbert do this.

But this story should have two sides.

Recently winning an honourary Walk of Fame Star for Special Achievement on Social Media, Canadian Nicole Arbour has weighed in on the matter.

(Note: you will have to locate the live stream yourself. Title: My thoughts on the Trump Win and America’s reaction)


I guess the real fact of the matter here is that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you write. News doesn’t always suck because it is represented badly.

It sucks because we don’t know how to read or interpret behaviour anymore.

Sure news sucks, but as the human race, we suck just as much. If not more.

And that’s why we think news is bad. It’s not always the news, it’s also us.

We are to blame for out short attention spans and seeing all the negatives.

We are the media trolls.

We have the ability to be the greatest generation yet, but we’re too focused on the #mannequinchallenge, Snapchat and Instagram.

Because you’re no one unless you have more than a thousand followers.

We are the problem.

We are a disgrace.

And I’m glad I know this now.


So i’m going to make like Obama, because I’m out.

Thanks for everything.


Disclaimer: the only thing I’m sad about it the fact that there is no “BURN” factor left to this video. This That 70’s Show, Kelso style burn.

Photos: via Marie Claire


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Don Dale article – The Advertiser – 28 July 2016
Why did we need to know everthing?
Chilling video? Let me help you down from that over-exaggeration.

The survey is in

Hey y’all,

I want to welcome you back, and let you know I’ll probably never read another newspaper willingly again.

But besides that, I gathered the opinions of my peers and family friends as well as strangers (alert) through my trust friend SurveyMonkey.

In one of our Media Contexts tutorials we were given an article to read. The article had been changed and the facts did not align.

I used an extract of this and asked for the public’s opinion (shown below):


76% of people correctly identified that this article included a high amount of bias but only 36% thought that the facts were wrong.

And a whopping 12% thought that the article was factually correct.

Notice that the date of publication is attached to the extract, and at the bottom of the photo there is a phrase which states “connections to Barack Obama.”

A sleeper agent with connections to Barack Obama? 7 years before Mr Obama made it to office?

A month after 9/11?

I do NOT think so.

But some people did. And that’s surprising. Excuse me, did you even read the article?

Continuing on, when asked to rate different sources of news the following results were presented:

Print (Newspaper): 5.5/10

Television (Commercial): 5.32/10

Radio (Commercial): 5.04/10

Television (Non-Commercial): 4.88/10

Online (News): 4.88/10

Radio (Non-Commercial): 4.15/10

Online (Social Media): 3.70/10

Print (Magazine/Tabloid): 2.73/10

Six out of eight of the answers shown above have relatively similar score with social media dragging behind and tabloids even further behind.

This is more than likely to do with the horrible reputation tabloid journalists have created for themselves.

When asked what they thought made their first choice the most reliable, some people were unsure or thought simply “because it’s on telly” it was reliable.

36.67% of people thought that print in the form of magazines and tabloids were where the most bias news was found.

Social media followed with a percentile of 26.67.

What surprised myself was non-commercial television news scored 3.33% but print (newspapers) scored 0%.

Without trying to sound bias, I think that that may be incorrect.

Or someone couldn’t be bothered pull up another tab and check Google.

Although looking at the rest of the respondent’s answer, I realise that you really can’t help some people. #sorrynotsorry

Below are the responses to a question which asked: Why do you think news is bias?


And the results are clear:

Majority of you think that news sucks, or at the very least can agree that it is horribly biased.

So I leave you with the words of George Santayana:

A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

Until next time,

It’s been a pleasure.

At least I think it has x


Opinion: Don Dale

WARNING: The content isn’t necessarily explicit, but you’ll more than likely have a problem with it.

If you weren’t living under a rock at the tail end of July, you probably would have heard about the Don Dale Detention Centre Scandal. Or at least the 6 Indigenous boys who were severely mistreated.

The breaking Four Corners show titled Australia’s Shame” can be found here.

But what I’m about to predominantly analyse is how local South Australian papers handled the story.

Note: most of these articles were published only days after the Four Corners report.

The first:


And the story to go with it:


Note: The image and text are not in proportion

Firstly, there is not explanation to why Mr. Voller (pictured) is restrained. The article also lacks any difference from what a recap of the night before’s Four Corners report.

This in itself is appalling as there was so much social media amp up to promote the viewership for “Australia’s Shame.”

While there is nothing honestly wrong with the article, it was poorly placed within The Advertiser. 

The front page was a quarter full with an ad for a Nick Fury comic.


Better yet, on page two there was nothing more than a Sip’N’Save advertisement. They had a promotion in conjunction with the Adelaide Crows.

Because as Australian’s we all love Australian Rules Football. And as Australian’s we’re all alcoholics, don’t forget that.

We get mad when others stereotype us, but we can do it ourselves? Logic = 0

But that’s another story.

If you read the article, you may have missed the language which was adapted. Words such as “assumed” and “seemingly.”

Just in case they’re wrong, y’know? They could have gone back and pointed it out like:

“Ha ha, sorry I never confirmed that. See?”

This next article was the one o found most interesting:


It claims to “add perspective” and I agree. Highly.

It talks about the videos and photos shown in the Four Corners exclusive.

For instance, the photo above of Mr Voller is not explained in The Advertiser, it was neither explained on Four Corners either.

Mr Voller was restrained for his own well-being after he told guards he was going to “break [his] hand” and he was chewing his mattress.

As for the “bag” over his head. This article describes it as a “mesh [hood] to stop him spitting on guards.”

The one part of this article I disagree with is the passage:

“Voller has been in and out of detention centres since he was 11.”

This is the second par of column three. If you can or have read the article, you should understand what I mean.

One second it’s all about Four Corners omitting information. Then about Mr Voller. To “A court was told he attacked his mother.”

The succession of events created a bias which is highly disgusting.


I want to draw your attention to a comic published in The Australian by renowned comic artist Bill Leak:


I personally do not believe that this had any racist intentions, although many people did.

The cartoon is asking you to look past what the government has done, and look to the way they were brought up.

It wants you to realise that yes, the government was at fault but they were doing their best to deal with the cards they were dealt.

And these cards, per say, are in juvenile detention for a reason.

That reason is more than likely the way they were or were not brought up. Their free reign, or their strict upbringing.

Since then, this was uploaded to twitter:


I think the caption says it all here.

This kind of thing knows no specific race.

I leave you with this:

As a journalist, there are certain rules and customs that need to be abided by and upheld.

Because reporting like this is truly disgusting.


Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

–  Nicole.