Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quality versus Quantity

Andrew Bolt calls shenanigans on suggestions that 1.5 million hits on YouTube video of the Prime Minister's speech somehow proves something.

This in the same week that Gangnam Style is to hit 475 Million views.

There are techniques and even paid services that attention-whores can employ to increase their view count on Youtube or number of zombie Twitter followers.

Anyone with a bit of know-how can easily line up a few hundred thousand views, tweets, emails or poll-clicks to suit their agenda.

It is of concern that media outlets, panicking private companies and even governments seem to take seriously what can fairly be described as an 'empty vessel' not genuinely representative of anything much.


Anonymous Merle Values said...

What a load of absolute shite. (but hey, we are talking about the Bolta)

This video has received international coverage, something that rarely happens to any Australian news story (particularly Australian politics) For example, I heard it being discussed on NPR and the BBC.

Is it really that surprising that a clip that has received such wide international media coverage would get 1.5 mil hits?

FWIW, i thought her speech was gutsy and to the point, and a lot of other Aussies, male and female alike, feel the same way.

I've never voted Labor in my life (well, there was that one time, but i was young and naive, and it was my first election and i really didn't like the looks of that Howard fella) but i just may forsake the Greens at the next election for the greater good of ensuring that lunatic is kept where he belongs...in opposition.

BTW you may not like it, but the Libs simply cannot win the next election with Tony Abbott at the helm. Malcolm Turnbull is your only hope, and the pragmatists on your 'side' know it.

Unfortunately the lunatics have taken over the asylum, so Abbott is free to steer the good ship Liberal on to the jagged rocks of defeat, dribbling one word slogans the whole way...

You know it, i know it.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Blobbsy is a Knobbsy said...


Why do Labor voters always presume to tell the Liberals how to win elections and expect to be taken seriously?

Labor is so rotten, all Tony Abbott needs to do is not fuck up seriously, and he's in. It is his election to lose. The Labor muckraking department are in overdrive and the best they've been able to come up with, is pretty weak. Punching a hole in a wall (maybe) and being held responsible for comments Alan Jones made. That's about it. Not exactly Craig Thomson is it?

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Merle Values said...

"Why do Labor voters always presume to tell the Liberals how to win elections and expect to be taken seriously?"

Same reason Liberal voters keep telling us "GILLARD MUST GO, GILLARD IS FINISHED"


"Labor is so rotten..not exactly Craig Thompson"

And yet...

"Tony Abbott has been left red-faced after a member of his opposition frontbench sought the 'tainted vote' of suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/liberal-mp-erred-in-seeking-thomsons-vote-20121011-27ebg.html#ixzz29h4RCIg2

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Merle Values said...

FWIW, i don't give a damn what Abbott did as a student, we all did dumb shit when we were that age. I also don't think he should be held responsible for Ol' Jonsey's verbal diarrhea either.

His own words and recent actions are more than enough to convince me of his being unsuitable for any position of power.

7:03 AM  

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