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The Earley Edition has officially moved to My dot com, that is. Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

On the run (again)

On my weekends away at Kate's parent's place on the Gold Coast I sleep with Kermit by my head. He holds onto the bedpost for dear life, and threatens to nibble on my ear.

I also like to take pictures, as always. Usually closeups of flowers because that's not difficult and the result is usually pleasing to the senses, although in the 232 photos of flowers I have in iPhoto, I may know one is a lily...maybe. I would be dead if my life depended on telling you what the others were, including this kind. One with a tiny inchworm on it. Sometimes a quick crop will do nicely too.

That's about it for now. As for me, I'm off to bed so I can get up in the morning to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea in the Champion's League. It doesn't get much better than that... If I disappear off the face of the earth, don't worry, they can only hold me for 14 days without charging me. I think I may soon go into the offical black books if a story about police brutality I'm doing gets printed... not that it's fully about police brutality. Let me say openly to all law enforcement agencies out there that I don't accuse all cops of police brutality with any kind of blanket coverage. No, police are great. I love them. They protect me, they take people to jail who should go, they make people drive at speeds that keep me and my (future) children relatively safe etc. But as in all groups in society, there are some that aren't so cool. And anyone in society who is doing something illegal should not be exempt from, or above, the law. This was the talk I had prepared in my head for when someone accuses me of being another liberal journalist just taking any opportunity to paint authority figures in a bad light, like it's all their fault. Not at all, and I've never done that.

You don't hurt authority by questioning how it is used, you ensure its legitimacy by doing so. And by this I don't mean journalists are the be-all and end-all of this right to question authority. Journalists have always simply been the citizens who ask the questions, but are at the same time in the unique position of also having the means to print/broadcast the answers to those questions. Particularly in this age of citizen journalism (blogging, podcasting, video and camera phones) that divide between those who can and cannot publish is being crossed. I am a citizen who has a right to ask questions, has a right to try and find out what is going on. Call me a journalist if it suits you, but don't deny me my rights as a citizen.

Hm. Liverpool took a wild tangent there, sorry about that. Anyway, I'm off.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/28/2005 10:43:00 pm || || Return to Top