Sunday Nerding: Stories That Stopped The World

Nerding has been away for a few weeks, but returns today with an ITV special on how television news handles breaking news stories.

Being presented by ITV, this documentary has a British flavour, but as a news nerd, I find this fascinating.

These are the “where were you when?” moments in life – and I remember many of them myself.

Jekyll And Hyde Bombers Go Missing In Second Half

HAWTHORN 2.4 5.8 11.14 16.18 (114)
ESSENDON 2.5 5.7 7.8 11.10 (76)

Hawthorn: Puopolo 4, Gunston 3, Hill 3, Suckling 2, Smith, Breust, Langford, Roughead
Essendon: Carlisle 3, J.Merrett 2, McKernan, Goddard, Melksham, Cooney, Dempsey, Daniher

Hawthorn: Mitchell, Gunston, Puopolo, Lake, Roughead, Gibson
Essendon: Hurley, Z.Merrett, McKernan, Heppell, Goddard

Hawthorn: James Frawley (shoulder), Sam Mitchell (corked leg, poor choices)
Essendon: Nil

Hawthorn: Matthew Suckling replaced James Frawley in the second quarter
Essendon: Elliott Kavanagh replaced Shaun Edwards in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Stephens, Kamolins, Findlay

Official crowd: 62,500 at the MCG

Turnbull Sells Out – When Is The Exorcism?

Time for a quick waltz down memory lane.

Who else remembers the nonsensical plan by former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, for the mandatory filtering of all internet connections in Australia, to attempt to block all material online which had been classified “Refused Classification” (RC)?

The campaign against it was long and hard, and eventually Conroy shelved it once and for all in November 2012 after several attempts to save face and water it down.

Politically, Coalition MPs lined up one after the other to bag the plan:

  • Joe Hockey:

    “The filter does not work. The ISP-based filtering system does not work. Therefore it creates a level of assumption of trust that can’t be met by the technology.”

  • Jamie Briggs:

    “The Liberal party announces that we oppose the internet filter. A great victory for common sense!”

  • Tony Smith:

    “The Coalition did not implement a mandatory ISP level filter when we were last in Government because it was not workable or effective, and offered parents a false sense of security.”

Of course, one of the biggest opponents was Malcolm Turnbull, who succeeded Smith as shadow communications spokesperson, and later became Communications Minister in the incoming Coalition government in 2013.

“I am absolutely and utterly opposed to it — it really is a bad idea in all respects. I have nothing good to say about the filter. The best thing the Government could do is drop it.”

Turnbull said the filter would slow down the internet and create a false sense of security, where parents would believe it was safe to let their children use the internet without supervision because of the filter. He said the filter would not catch much of the objectionable content distributed online, because it would not be funnelled through the world wide web.”

Fast forward to 2015, and what has happened?

“The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, introduced into parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March to curb online piracy of film and TV shows, passed with the Coalition and Labor’s support 37-13.”

Sorry, what? Who introduced the legislation?

Malcolm Turnbull?

Of course – (to keep the context up-to-date) – the original Conroy plan was for the blocking of RC material, which is almost exclusively highly offensive content, and this new filter is about blocking websites that direct people towards the downloading of copyright material.

Both illegal, and both a significant issue.

Major concerns at the time included:

  • The fact that people who still wanted to access RC material would still be able to do it through other means, so you weren’t actually blocking them from anything, and the filter was therefore a waste of time, money, and effort.
  • That once you have a mechanism to block websites – (even for a legitimate purpose) – you create a mechanism whereby other kinds of sites can be blocked by a government who wanted to shut down something controversial, with little or no transparency as towards what is and isn’t blocked – you’ve given them a new toy that might be abused in the future.
  • There were a number of cases where sites that should not have been on the RC list, were on the list, and would have been blocked within Australia. So-called “scope creep” was always the fear – and it happened, perhaps inadvertently, but the point was proven.

But, back to Turnbull, and his previous stance against breaking the internet in this way:

“It’s dead, buried and cremated, and if it shows any signs of revival it will then be exorcised,” a jovial Turnbull told the crowd.”

So, despite the fact that such a filter would would slow down the internet and create a false sense of security, here we are.

Will we get scope creep? We don’t know – just as we didn’t know last time around. Turnbull would undoubtedly deny that there would be, but that was one of his arguments at the time. He has given us exactly what he said was a “bad thing”.

Five years later Turnbull has sold out his beliefs that this technology is stupid, that it can’t do the job, that it slows down the internet, and introduced the same kind of filter, albeit to tackle a different kind of online content.

The filter is back – (just wearing a different colour of lipstick) – and I think we’re owed an exorcism.

My questions are – when is the exorcism, and where’s my invite?


Bombers Better But Eagles Win

WEST COAST 2.5 7.7 9.8 14.12 (96)
ESSENDON 2.0 3.2 5.7 6.10 (46)

West Coast: LeCras 4, Kennedy 3, Darling 2, Naitanui, Gaff, Sinclair, Selwood, Hill.
Essendon: Edwards 2, Heppell, Chapman, Melksham, Goddard.

West Coast: LeCras, Gaff, Priddis, Naitanui, Cripps, Schofield, Selwood.
Essendon: Hooker, Hibberd, Goddard, Stanton, Heppell, Watson, Merrett.

West Coast: McGovern (thigh)
Essendon: Nil

West Coast: Dom Sheed replaced Jeremy McGovern at three-quarter time.
Essendon: Michael Gleeson replaced Paul Chapman in the third quarter.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Armstrong, McInerney

Crowd: 37,306 at Domain Stadium

Bombers Bomb

ESSENDON 0.5 0.6 3.9 7.11 (53)
GEELONG 3.1 9.5 15.6 19.8 (122)

Essendon: Heppell 2, Cooney 2, Stanton, Daniher, Chapman
Geelong: Hawkins 4, Johnson 4, Motlop 4, Caddy 2, Selwood 2, Lonergan, Blicavs, Kersten

Essendon: Hooker, Hurley, Kavanagh
Geelong: Taylor, Caddy, Kelly, Lang, Enright, Rivers, Lonergan

Essendon: Nil
Geelong: Shane Kersten (hamstring)

Essendon: Paul Chapman replaced Tom Bellchambers at half-time
Geelong: Michael Luxford replaced Shane Kersten at half-time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Meredith, Ryan

Official crowd: 40,632 at Etihad Stadium

No Fairy Tale For Fletcher’s 400th

RICHMOND 3.2 5.6 7.10 10.12 (72)
ESSENDON 1.4 3.7 6.8 8.11 (59)

Richmond: Cotchin 2, Grigg 2, C.Ellis, Griffiths, Martin, McIntosh, Morris, Riewoldt
Essendon: Colyer 2, Daniher 2, Carlisle, Chapman, Merrett, Watson

Richmond: B.Ellis, Martin, Cotchin, Edwards, Deledio, Grigg
Essendon: Goddard, Heppell, Hibberd, Carlisle, Colyer, Z.Merrett

Richmond: Nil
Essendon: Fletcher (adductor)

Richmond: Corey Ellis replaced Liam McBean at three-quarter time
Adelaide: Marty Gleeson replaced Dustin Fletcher in the fourth term

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Rosebury, Jeffery

Official crowd: 83,804 at the MCG

Bombers Bounce Back to Belt Brisbane

ESSENDON 5.2 9.5 16.9 21.10 (136)
BRISBANE 5.3 8.6 10.6 12.6 (78)

Essendon: Daniher 6, Cooney 3, Carlisle 3, Goddard 2, Stanton, Colyer, Ambrose, J Merrett, Hibberd, Melksham, Chapman
Brisbane Lions: Green 3, Lester 2, Taylor, Dawson, Rich, D Beams, Robertson, Martin, Gardiner

Essendon: Daniher, Hurley, Stanton, Hibberd, Hooker, Cooney, Howlett
Brisbane Lions: Martin, Rockliff, D Beams, Green, Paparone

Essendon: Paul Chapman (corked hamstring)
Brisbane Lions: Jack Redden (back) replaced in selected side by Mitch Golby

Essendon: Courtenay Dempsey replaced Dustin Fletcher at three-quarter time
Brisbane Lions: Mitch Golby replaced Liam Dawson in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Edwards, Harris

Official crowd: 36,857 at Etihad Stadium

North Hold Off Hard-Finishing Bombers

ESSENDON 5.0 6.3 8.10 12.10 (82)
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.6 7.9 9.13 13.15 (93)

Essendon: Colyer 2, Watson 2, Ambrose 2, Heppell, Goddard, Daniher, Bellchambers, Melksham, J.Merrett
North Melbourne: Petrie 2, Thomas 2, Waite 2, Ziebell 2, Gibson, Harvey, Cunnington, Nahas, Higgins

Essendon: Hurley, Baguley, Heppell, Goddard, Colyer, Z. Merrett
North Melbourne: Ziebell, Petrie, Hansen, Nahas, Cunnington, Harvey

Essendon: Langford (quad)
North Melbourne: Brown (knee)

Essendon: Kyle Langford replaced by Ben Howlett at half time.
North Melbourne: Ben Brown replaced by Shaun Atley in the third quarter.

Reports: Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne) reported for striking Zach Merrett in the third quarter

Umpires: Chamberlain, Findlay, Harris

Official crowd: 43,972 at Etihad Stadium

Dockers Too Good For Essendon

FREMANTLE 4.3 9.4 12.6 12.8 (80)
ESSENDON 2.1 3.36 3.6 7.10 (52)

Fremantle: Pavlich 4, Ballantyne 2, Mayne, Hill, Clarke, Neale, C. Pearce, Walters
Essendon: Z. Merrett, J. Merrett, Daniher, Colyer, Howlett, Watson, Gleeson

Fremantle: Neale, Fyfe, Pavlich, Mundy, Sandilands, C. Pearce, Johnson
Essendon: Baguley, Watson, Goddard, Stanton, Z. Merrett

Fremantle: Nil
Essendon: Nil

Fremantle: Matt de Boer replaced Matt Taberner in the fourth quarter
Essendon: Michael Gleeson replaced Will Hams in the third quarter

Reports: Mark Baguley reported for rough conduct on Michael Barlow in the third quarter

Umpires: Rosebury, Hosking, Ryan

Crowd: 37,535 at Domain Stadium

Bombers Outrun Unlucky Saints

ST KILDA 2.6 6.7 10.10 11.14 (80)
ESSENDON 3.2 6.6 9.11 11.16 (82)

St Kilda: Bruce 5, Billings 2, Lonie 2, Dunstan, Steven
Essendon: Carlisle 4, Ambrose 2, Zaharakis, Gleeson, Goddard, Zaharakis, Colyer

St Kilda: Armitage, Steven, Bruce, Lonie, Dempster, Hickey
Essendon: Watson, Goddard, Carlisle, Stanton, Ambrose, Hurley

St Kilda: Nil
Essendon: Nil

St Kilda: Blake Acres replaced Shane Savage in final term.
Essendon: Will Hams replaced Joe Daniher at three-quarter time.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Bannister, Chamberlain

Official crowd: 29,869 at Etihad Stadium