It’s official: there are more “hardworking Australian families” than ever before (at least in MP speeches)

We are at peak “hardworking families”. Pollies have uttered the vacuous phrase in Parliament more times in the first five months of 2017 than in any full year since Parliament began in 1901, according to my analysis of parliamentary records. The number of speeches mentioning “hardworking families” or “hardworking Australian families” has hit a record… Read More It’s official: there are more “hardworking Australian families” than ever before (at least in MP speeches)

When protest becomes promotion

Self-confessed ‘media manipulator’ Ryan Halliday has written an incisive article about how marketeers use controversy to push up sales. It’s not a new tactic, but it’s one that is perhaps getting easier due to the 24-hour news cycle and the rise of social media. On promoting a movie for a controversial blogger, Halliday writes: “My thinking was that… Read More When protest becomes promotion