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The Sunday Age’s Terry Lane – now reduced from writing weekly to writing every two weeks, which probably means he’s been half-fired since his last column debacle – muses on the nature of news dissemination:

Cultural critic Neil Postman, in Amusing Ourselves to Death, reckons that our news collection and dissemination technologies have turned the age-old problem of information on its head: where people once sought information to manage the real contexts of their lives, now they have to invent contexts in which otherwise useless information might be put to some use.

• Useless information: long-disproved claims by someone who never served in Iraq;

• Invented context: the war on terror is opposed even by US troops;

• Put to some use: Lane got a column out of it.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/01/2007 at 09:25 AM
    1. That was an intuitive observation by Postman. I’m already putting it to use.

      Useless information is John Travolta’s opinion on global warming. The invented context is a looming environmental disaster.

      Posted by Arty on 2007 04 01 at 09:57 AM • permalink


    1. Useless information also gathers under furniture, if you don’t clean regularly.

      It’s sometimes distributed by the belly-button fairy.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 04 01 at 01:56 PM • permalink


    1. now they have to invent contexts in which otherwise useless information might be put to some use.

      Such as Terry MacBeth Lane still actually having a job.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 01 at 02:42 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, you said that, didn’t you?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 01 at 02:43 PM • permalink


    1. Gee, the same may be said about so many “careers.”

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 04 01 at 03:25 PM • permalink


    1. Terry is still presumably drawing a full pay packet at The Age, where he is lurking in the paper’s Green Guide predicting trends in technology:

      ‘From time to time a new type of gadget turns up in the shops and you say “Nah. No one’s going to buy that.” ‘

      He’s such a cynic.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2007 04 02 at 12:58 AM • permalink


    1. die italics, die!

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 04 02 at 06:26 AM • permalink


    1. BWAHA!

      Italics pwned.

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 04 02 at 06:46 AM • permalink


    1. ilibcc @6
      Based on a discussion some time ago, I remember there being 2 Terry Lanes; the techie one is the sane one.


      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 04 02 at 11:42 AM • permalink


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