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Media Musings Blog Archive Transmedia Justice By Tennille Secomb So maybe there is a (tiny) light at the end of the tunnel for journalism after all week I considered the integration of social media with news production and questioned the widespread convergence that is currently taking place within the media landscape.
I concluded that journalism's key principles were no longer at heart because social media's primary reliance on advertising exacerbates the effects of the business model. And while I louis vuitton agenda refill paper remain openly cynical about the current obsession with social media, this week an exception shone a faint glimmer of hope on the future of transmedia journalism. Outraged by an article in The Australian on Monday, Neil Mitchell insulted and infuriated people across Australia on his morning show. He criticised although 3AW have updated their website to say he "questioned" the Australian Council of the Arts decision to award $20,000 to Sydney based death metal band Ouroboros. Mitchell claimed that the grant was a waste of taxpayers' money as the genre is in no way "useful" to society, and the music is just "awful stuff". More awful than having to listen to your ignorance, Neil? The metal community lashed out online, with Mitchell admitting he had been overwhelmed by people calling him an idiot. Ouroboros published a response to the 3AW broadcast via Facebook, and Triple M host David Higgins passionately defended the band in his blog. Consequently, Ouroboros were given a right of reply on the radio program on Tuesday morning. When Mitchell asked drummer Dave Horgan what he had said wrong, Horgan replied: "I don't think you did anything wrong. This is Australia, it's a pluralistic society where different opinions are celebrated I think you've started a debate which is an important one to have." And that's the point just there. In this instance transmedia has upheld the democratic duty to facilitate debate and promote freedom of speech in the public sphere. The saga developed across multiple platforms, engaging and enraging people from very different walks of life. 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But, probably from innate inclination towards treachery, Frederick of Prussia selected for himself the part of falsehood and deception. Appearing on the scene in the character of a friend he entered deliberately into a treaty of alliance with the Louis Vuitton Purses Republic, and then, before the ink was dry, tore it up in brazen defiance of the commonest decency, which must have been extremely gratifying to his natural tastes. As to Austria, it shed diplomatic tears over the transaction. They cannot be called crocodile tears, insomuch that they Louis louis vuitton purses pictures and prices Vuitton Outlet stores were in a measure sincere. They arose from a vivid perception that Austria s allotted share of the spoil could never compensate her for the accession of strength and territory to the other two Powers. She could not hope to improve her frontier in that way, and economically she had no need of Galicia, a province whose natural resources were undeveloped and whose salt mines did not arouse her cupidity because she had salt mines of her own. But the movement towards a partage on the part of Russia and Prussia was too definite to be resisted, and Austria had to follow their lead in the destruction of a State which she would have preferred to preserve as a possible Louis Vuitton Outlet online ally against Prussian and Russian ambitions. It may be truly said that the destruction of Poland secured the safety of the French Revolution. For when in 1795 the crime was consummated, the Revolution had turned the corner and was in a state to defend itself against Louis Vuitton Outlet stores the forces of reaction. In the second half of the eighteenth century there were two centres of liberal ideas on the continent of Europe: France and Poland. 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It would intrude chanel outlet online its irresistible claim into every problem of European politics, into the theory of European equilibrium, into the question of the Near East, the Italian question, the question of Schleswig Holstein, and into the doctrine of nationalities. That ghost, not content with making its ancestral halls uncomfortable for Louis vuitton outlet the thieves, haunted also the Cabinets of Europe, waved indecently its bloodstained robes in the solemn atmosphere of Council rooms, where congresses and conferences sit with closed windows. It would not be exorcised by the brutal jeers of Bismarck and the fine railleries of Gorchakov. As a Polish LV handbags friend observed to me some years ago: Till the year 48 the Polish problem has been to a certain extent a convenient rallying point for all manifestations of liberalism. Since that time we have come to be regarded simply as a nuisance. It s very disagreeable. I agreed that oakley store it was, and he continued: What are we to do? We did not create the situation by any outside action of ours. Through all the centuries of its existence Poland has never been a menace to anybody, not even to the Turks, to whom it has Louis Vuitton Outlet Stores been merely an obstacle. Nothing could be more true. The spirit of aggressiveness was absolutely foreign to the Polish temperament, to which the preservation of its institutions and its liberties was much more precious than any ideas of conquest. Polish wars were defensive, and they were mostly Louis Vuitton wallets fought within Poland s own borders. And that those territories were often invaded was but a misfortune arising from its geographical position. Territorial expansion was never the master thought of Polish statesmen. The consolidation of the territories of the Serenissime Republic, which made of it a Power of Cheap Louis Vuitton Bags the first rank for a time, was not accomplished by force. It was not the consequence of successful aggression, but of a long and successful defence against the raiding neighbours from the East. The lands of Lithuanian and Ruthenian speech were never conquered by Poland. These louis vuitton luggage peoples were not compelled by a series of exhausting wars to seek safety in annexation. It was not the will of a prince or a political intrigue that brought about the union. Neither was it fear. The slowly matured view of the economical and social necessities and, Louis Vuitton Bags 2015 before all, the ripening moral sense of the masses were the motives that induced the forty three representatives of Lithuanian and Ruthenian provinces, led by their paramount prince, to enter into a political combination unique in the history of the world, a spontaneous and complete union Louis Vuitton Outlet Handbags of sovereign States choosing deliberately the way of peace. Never was strict truth better expressed in a political instrument than in the preamble of the first union Treaty (1413). It begins with the words: This union, being the outcome not of hatred, but of love cheap louis vuitton words that Poles have not heard addressed to them politically by any nation for the last hundred and fifty years. The Polish State offers a singular instance of an extremely liberal administrative federalism which, in its Parliamentary life as well as its international politics, presented a complete unity of feeling and purpose. As Louis Vuitton Bags 2015 an eminent French diplomatist remarked many years ago: It is a very remarkable fact in the history of the Polish State, this invariable and unanimous consent of the populations; the more so that, the King being looked upon simply as the chief of the Republic, there prada outlet was no monarchical bond, no dynastic fidelity to control and guide the sentiment of the nations, and their union remained as a pure affirmation of the national will. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and its Ruthenian Provinces retained their statutes, their own administration, and their own LV Bags political institutions. That those institutions in the course of time tended to assimilation with the Polish form was not the result of any pressure, but simply of the superior character of Polish civilisation. All the national movements towards liberation were initiated in the name of the whole mass of people inhabiting the limits of the old Republic, and all the Provinces took part in them with complete devotion. It is only in the last generation that Michael Kors outlet online sale efforts have been made to create a tendency towards separation, which would indeed serve no one but Poland s common enemies. And, strangely enough, it is the internationalists, men who professedly care nothing for race or country, who have set themselves this task of disruption, one can LV Purses easily see for what sinister purpose. The ways of the internationalists may be dark, but they are not inscrutable. From the same source no doubt there will flow in the future a poisoned stream of hints of a reconstituted Poland being a danger to the races once prada outlet online so closely associated within the territories of the Old Republic. The old partners in the Crime are not likely to forgive their victim its inconvenient and almost shocking obstinacy in keeping alive. They had tried moral assassination before and with some small measure of success, for, Michael Kors satchel bag indeed, the Polish question, like all living reproaches, had become a nuisance. Given the wrong, and the apparent impossibility of righting it without running risks of a serious nature, some moral alleviation may be found in the belief that the victim had brought its misfortunes on Michael Kors Outlet Handbags its own head by its own sins. That theory, too, had been advanced about Poland (as if other nations had known nothing of sin and folly), and it made some way in the world at different times, simply because good care was taken by the interested Michael Kors handbags sale parties to stop the mouth of the accused. But it has never carried much conviction to honest minds. Somehow, in defiance of the cynical point of view as to the Force of Lies and against all the power of falsified evidence, truth often turns out to Louis Vuitton Outlet Handbags be stronger than calumny. With the course of years, however, another danger sprang up, a danger arising naturally from the new political alliances dividing Europe into two armed camps. It was the danger of silence. Never was the fact of Polish vitality more embarrassing to European diplomacy than on the eve of Poland s resurrection. When the war broke out there was something gruesomely comic in the proclamations of emperors Louis Vuitton Handbags and archdukes appealing to that invincible soul of a nation whose existence or moral worth they had been so arrogantly denying for more than a century. Perhaps in the whole record of human transactions there have never been performances so brazen and so vile as the Louis Vuitton Outlet Online manifestoes of the German Emperor and the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia; and, I imagine, no more bitter insult has been offered to human heart and intelligence than the way in which those proclamations were flung into the face of historical truth. It was like a scene in a cynical and sinister farce, the absurdity of which became in some sort unfathomable by the reflection that nobody in the world could possibly be so abjectly stupid as to be deceived for a single moment. At that time, and for the first two louis vuitton store 2015 months of the war, I happened to be in Poland, and I remember perfectly well that, when those precious louis vuitton bags ugly documents came out, the confidence in the moral turpitude of mankind they implied did not even raise a scornful smile on the lips of men whose most Michael Kors Purses sacred feelings and dignity they outraged. They did not deign to waste their contempt on them. In fact, the situation was too poignant and too involved for either hot scorn or a coldly rational discussion. For the Poles it was like being in a burning house oakley sunglasses cheap of which all the issues were locked. There was nothing but sheer anguish under the strange, as if stony, calmness which in the utter absence of all hope falls on minds that are not constitutionally prone to despair. Yet in this time of dismay the irrepressible Louis Vuitton outlet vitality of the nation would not accept a neutral attitude. I was told that even if there were no issue it was absolutely necessary for the Poles to affirm their national existence. Passivity, which could be regarded as a craven acceptance of all the material and new Louis Vuitton moral horrors ready to fall upon the nation, was not to be thought of for a moment. Therefore, it was explained to me, the Poles must act. When there is apparently no issue visible to the eyes of reason, sentiment may yet find a way out, either towards salvation or to utter perdition, no one can tell and the sentiment does not Michael Kors handbags on sale even ask the question. Being there as a stranger in that tense atmosphere, which was yet not unfamiliar to me, I was not very anxious to parade my wisdom, especially after it had been pointed out in answer to my cautious arguments that, if life has michael kors its values worth fighting for, death, too, has that in it which can make it worthy or unworthy. In reality it did not matter against which partner louis vuitton stores in the Crime Polish resentment should be directed. There was little to choose between the methods of Russian barbarism, which were both crude and rotten, and the cultivated brutality tinged with contempt of Germany s superficial, grinding civilisation. There was nothing to choose between them. Besides, the material possibility pointed out the way. That Poland should have turned at first against the ally Michael Kors outlet store of Western Powers, to whose moral support she had been looking for so many years, is not a greater monstrosity than that alliance with Russia which had been entered into by England and France with rather less excuse and with a view to eventualities which could chanel factory outlet store perhaps have been avoided by a firmer policy and by a greater resolution in the face of what plainly appeared unavoidable. For let the truth be spoken. The action of Germany, however cruel, sanguinary, and faithless, was nothing in the nature of a stab in the dark. Louis Vuitton Outlet Store The Germanic Tribes had told the whole world in all possible tones carrying conviction, the gently persuasive, the coldly logical; in tones Hegelian, Nietzschean, war like, pious, cynical, inspired, what they were going to do to the inferior races of the earth, so full of sin and michael kors outlet online store sale us all unworthiness. But with a strange similarity to the prophets of old (who were also great moralists and invokers of might) they seemed to be crying in a desert. Whatever might have been the secret searching of hearts, the Worthless Ones would not take heed. It new balance factory store must also be admitted that the conduct of the menaced Governments carried with it no suggestion of resistance.
It was no doubt, the effect of neither courage nor fear, but of that prudence which causes the average man to stand very still in the presence of Louis Vuitton Sunglasses a savage dog. It was not a very politic attitude, and the more reprehensible in so far that it seemed to arise from the mistrust of their own people s fortitude. On simple matters of life and death a people is always bet.
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