Saturday, April 24, 2010

Famous Australian author, journalist and blogger disregards copyright

More than just a best-selling author, journalist and fabulously successful blogger, Antony Loewenstein now claims to be a "documentarian" and photographer. Really, as if laboriously reading a script – not narrating, reading – makes hims a "documentarian". And like owning a digital camera he's competent to operate makes him a photographer.

But Lowenstein's blogging is in overdrive, his 10 most recent posts totaling 4,717 words. The thing is, only 283 words over those 10 posts were written by Loewenstein; the other 4,434 were written by others, Loewenstein copying and pasting them – the man is multi-talented. Lacking writing talent Loewenstein disregards copyright and relies on the work of others.

Update: Loewenstein will appear at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival. He can't write so he must be a featured reader.


Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

That's been Loewenstein's habit for as long as I can remember. He'd cherry pick articles critical of Israel, most often from left-wing Israeli newspapers, and simply add a sneering preface to it.

The irony was lost on him, that there was no such critical newspaper anywhere within the Arab world, as Arab journalists fear a knock on the door in the middle of the night that their Israeli equivalents don't have to worry about.

In some cases, when there was an article so out-there and far fetched it stretched credibility, Loewenstein would simply post it without comment, presumably so he could deny it later when it turned out to be completely fake.

He's a parasite, not a journalist. Blogging was an excellent medium for him as it was the 'done thing' to link to others' content, rather than produce it himself. Or at least it's the done thing for amateur bloggers, not people who try to pass themselves off as journalists.

Then again, considering Loewenstein tries to pass himself off as Jewish, there's no limit to roles he's comfortable faking. He is truly a versatile bullshit artist...

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Intrigued Asian reader said...

This is a fun game. Can you run the old word count over Tim Blair's latest ten entries? He's a "journalist", right?

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Intrigued Asian reader: Perhaps you should compare word counts as printed in a newspaper in the last month. Tim's blog is but a hobby.

Moreover, he has been the editor of a number of major publications whereas Loewenstein's career highlight was being sacked from Fairfax when he was a mere cadet in their online division.

Still want to play?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Intrigued Asian reader said...

Oh, so we play word count game only when the target is someone we don't like anyway, otherwise word count is meaningless. I think I'm starting to understand how you lot think.

3:52 PM  

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