Monday, January 29, 2007


I wasn't happy with the post I finally put on the NSW Government's coastal strategies. The post was far too long to be easily readable. Still, it does provide another building block in the material I am trying to build.

I can understand why everything today has to be shortened and put into the equivalent of sound bites. But you can't make real policy out of soundbites. This requires thought, writing, argumentation.

Yes, policy has to be simplified to get the story across. But if you simplify before you have worked the issues through you get crap. And we get a lot of that.

We cannot rely on the press to do the critical analysis. Journalists have stories to write against deadlines. They cannot sit down and research every issue, they simply have to do the best they can. So how do we deal with this?

Maybe blogging is part of the answer. I hope so, because otherwise I am wasting a lot of time.

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