Archive for June, 2012

The English Language is Ridiculous


Negative Thinking?

Interesting idea.  Should we abandon the pursuit of positive thinking?  Perhaps not altogether, but is it largely rubbish?


Think For Yourself


I’ve said this many times before:  I’m not so concerned with what you think; as long as you think.  You can think whatever you like, as long as you can tell me why.  Being able to articulate why you believe what you believe is vital.  Use your brain guys!

I think Mediawatch is a great, weekly 12 minute show that seeks to critique the media and talk about how the media uses statistics and one sided stories to make the points they want to make.

This is why I am so critical of A Current Affair & Today Tonight.  They are both examples of simply awful journalism that do not report facts, in any way, shape or form.  They manipulate facts and statistics to create sensationalism.  Occasionally these shows may be ok, but this is not a common occurrence.

Don’t believe everything you hear/see/read.  THINK!

HERE is the link to Mediwatch.  It’s worth 12 minutes a week.  I’m not saying you always need to agree with their assessments, but you do need to develop the skill of analysing information you are presented with.

Other good Australian independent journalism sites are Crikey and The Global Mail.

I am also a fan of Peter Hartcher and the way he is able to report the facts and be impressively un-partisan (this means that he doesn’t write from the perspective of any political political party).

Just make sure you understand the issues and don’t accept what others tell you are the facts.  The skill of being able to sift through information is what will make you successful and intelligent.

Grammar Matters in a Google Search

Reading Rocks

Worldwide Views

This is a summary of who viewed this blog today.  Baffling, but awesome.  Welcome international viewers!

This is common by the way.  It’s lovely to have an international contingency!

Poetry Analysis

Here are the handouts I gave you about how to analyse poetry.  You can click on the images to make them bigger.