Obscure Box

Thoughts from inside the obscure box
January 25, 2012

How much oil was spilled in the Brisbane River?

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Media, Observation, Radio

If you were listening to the ABC’s PM program last night then its report would have made you think it was an even more catastrophic event than it was in the first place. See this line from reporter Imogen Brennan in “Environmental concerns after oil spill in Brisbane River” (Tuesday 24 January 2012). How much?

January 1, 2012

Things for 2012 to do

Posted by : Michael Lund

It’s fair to say that 2011 was one of those years I’m glad is finally over and hello 2012. If it wasn’t one thing it was another that challenged all in 2011, from its damp, soggy and destructive start that seemed to have an impact on almost everything that followed. But isn’t it a case […]

May 17, 2011

It takes a media release to tell me that the media release isn’t dead

Posted by : Michael Lund

I found this out in a media release from Brisbane firm BWH Communication, called ”Is the media release dead in a new age of social media?” (Friday 29 April 2011). It offers an interesting insight in to the way the PR industry views the media. So why does BWH believe the media release isn’t dead? […]

May 11, 2011

Why Microsoft’s deal adds to the Skype/ABC concern

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Consumer, Internet, Media, Online, Radio

So the software giant Microsoft has bought the on-line communications firm Skype. That’s according to a report I’ve just read on the ABC’s website, “Microsoft buys Skype for $7.9b” (Wednesday 11 May 2011). This only adds to my concern over the ABC’s reporters and presenters telling me when they do an interview using Skype (See […]

April 20, 2011

The ABC’s love affair with Skype

Posted by : Michael Lund

What is it about the ABC and Skype? There seems to be more than the odd mention of the online video/audio communication technology Skype on the ABC’s airwaves these days. I’m not talking about the legitimate references to the free broadcast website used in the recent defence force sex scandal. I’m talking more about some […]

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All thoughts and comments here are the honestly held personal opinion of Michael Lund and are based on the information available at the time of publication.