Monday, April 18, 2011

Crikey blogger "fundamentally misleading"

Jeremy Sear today truncates a quote so as to embarrass Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon:
What I think young people need to be more aware of is bananas…
The quote in context:
The Victorian Government has scrapped an idea to create a new drink to improve the concentration of secondary school students.

A Government department had called on businesses to submit proposals for a drink that was "pleasant tasting, low priced and attention sustaining."

Education Minister Martin Dixon has told ABC Local Radio the plan came from a group of students who were seeking an alternative to caffeine-based energy drinks.

"We haven't put any Education Department money into it because that's not the sort of thing that we do," he said.

"But good on the kids for coming up with an innovative idea and tackling the issue."

He says the students were referred to the Department of Industry's innovation arm, which advertised to see if there was any interest in developing such a product.

Mr Dixon categorically denies that any such drink will be manufactured by the Victorian Government.

"What I think young people need to be more aware of is bananas, rest and getting up and walking around," he said.

"We should be spending our efforts on more natural ways of keeping our kids healthy and safe."
Regardless of the merits of the student-proposed drink, Jeremy only just the other day condemned those who view Larissa Behrendt's Bess Price tweet as worthy of condemnation:
Taking tweets out of context is fundamentally misleading, because the 140 character limit means that most tweets assume that the reader is aware of to what they’re replying. So, obviously, the tweet does not mean the same thing to its original audience as when it is displayed without context.

Do I really need to start randomly picking 140 character strings from News Ltd articles to demonstrate why taking them out of context is not a fair reflection of their authors ‘meaning?
Yet hypocrite Jeremy reduces Dixon's comments to 13 words and uses them as the basis for a blog post. The Left wants to make the rules but not abide by them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other day Jeremy was complaining that he wouldn't enter politics because someone would take something he said out of context.

Now he takes a politician's words out of context.

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jeremy's problem is that people might take his statements in context.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

Jerry-Me is a lawyer; he should be seeking more practice.


12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly Wally:

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Curious said...

This is off-topic, but in this post Jeremy claims the carbon tax will be less of a hit on household budgets than the GST was.

Firstly, I thought that the GST replaced a whole slew of other taxes? I know for a fact that computers came down in price, because on advice from a mate who builds them I waited until the various sales taxes (over 20%, maybe even 30%? on hardware IIRC) came off and the GST came in and it was definitely cheaper paying just a flat 10% GST on the thing.

And second, one of his contributors makes the claim that the GST added $8,000 a year to Australian household budgets.

(But what did the taxes it replaced used to cost us? The "hidden" ones?)

I mean it's not like we woke up one morning and were down $667 a month each after the GST came in, right? I was on minimum wage back then, I would have remembered such a huge hit on my budget.

Could someone more economics-orientated look into that?

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New just in JF Beck doesnt get joke.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is what's called a Sarchasm - the gap between the person telling the joke and the understanding of the one who doesn't get it.

1:55 PM  

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