OK. I’m back from The Land of the Long White Clown, with a gigabyte of New Zealand Worst in the camera still to throw onto the pile, along with all the wonderful Western Australian & world Worsts you’ve been sending while I was away. Sometimes the amount of excellent original material I have in waiting depresses me.
Normally after a holiday and a conference, you could expect The Lazy Aussie to be in a mellow mood, with a delightfully whimsical post or two. Unfortunately flying with Qantas will dispel the mellowest of moods. To compound that, I was once again consuming Perth media. I was chilled with the suggestion that Paul Murray could make a comeback as West editor when Armstrong goes. I was assuming Murray would immediately get the sack! But since reinventing himself as Australia’s worst writer, perhaps Teh Paul really is in contention? Do none of my media readers have Kerry Stokes’ email address? I would really like to personally make the case “Sack Murray first, Armstrong second.” I have not been able to obtain that address.
Regarding the media, I really have to apologise. For some reason I’ve never, (I don’t think) had a post about Perth Now, the Sunday Times online venture. Why? Is it because I thought my constant slagging off of The West, the stream of original material and insouciant writing style might tempt them to pay me to write for them? Maybe. I can’t remember, although I do have a dim memory of writing to ed Allen Newton suggesting it, without getting a reply. Perhaps I dreamed it. In any case I’m very glad I didn’t get a gig in the cobweb covered mausoleum that is Perth Now blogs.
Of the six “bloggers”, Nova Nat’s Bitches & Pieces is the only one that’s had a post in the last week. Most have been moribund for months. Why do big media organisations so tragically fail to get blogging? Don’t their advertisers complain? Why would Perth Now editor Newton tolerate such a disaster? Because he’s writing one of the blogs himself. And of course, not a peep out of him for more than a month. If the editor doesn’t understand it, why should the other contributors, and why should the readers?
His last post early November is simply a list of of requirements given to his builder for his new home. Really, a list. How could this be described as quirky? Comments you ask? Zero. Reminds me a little of Paul “cut & paste” Murray. Expect a new post sometime in February with a list of shopping his wife might buy. Allen, do it properly or pull the pin and erase the link. And by the way, glasses with a string?
And then there’s Alex Wain’s World, where Alex Wain from MySpace Australia shares the highlights that matter to West Australians from cultural juggernaut MySpace.
Myspace is soooooooo old. Even facebook its semi replacement is old news. I didn’t even know there still was a Myspace. Perhaps to fit in with the outdated topic, Wain the cultural juggernaut hasn’t posted since September, and then on Britney Spears. His previous post a MONTH before that was on old age. Terrible.
And then our old friend Barra, who gets much more traction on this blog than he does at Perth Now. I’ve got a soft spot for old Barra. He seems a decent enough fellow, and it was a little unfortunate he couldn’t get to that graffiti calling him a fat wog cunt before I did, but his last post on Perth Now was August. Not August 2008, August 2007. His second newest post was talking about an upcoming game where Ben Cousins was playing. Perhaps Barra can politely ask to have himself removed from the blog list.
An finally film reviewer Shannon Harvey, who’s latest post is on an Indiana Jones movie. Now being Perth Now, you might expect it to be the first movie, but it’s actually the latest. But that was still in May.
It really is sad that Perth Now seems to not get its own blogs, but leaves up the links so you can see how pathetic they are.
Maybe some more New Zealand Worst tomorrow.