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Name: Antony Loewenstein
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posted by Antony Loewenstein at 8/22/2005 01:36:00 pm
Any paper that can regularly publish Michael Gawenda's dogshit, not to mention Henderson's, Sheehans and Devine's, is no place for someone of Margo's calibre, or yours for that matter.
Glenn, you're too kind. Thanks. I left last Xmas and Margo has finally left too. Her and I have different views of the world BUT we agree on the inherent nightmare that is Fairfax.Independence lives on...
Ant, in the late 1980s, I was working press (radio, print) in the conservative midwestern USA. The compromise back then for was that I either wrote what the ed wanted or I didn't write for publication. BIG change from writing for student papers at uni in the early 1980s.Come 1994, when I got an internet connection, I started writing material more up my alley for my own website, a blog of sorts. However, getting my website read by any appreciable number of people was difficult- and there was certainly no money in it. Blogs as we now know them do get some readership thanks to some forward thinkers at Google/Blogger, but nothing approaching the numbers nor the broad demographics of those who pick up a daily paper. Thanks again for the link from Counterspin to my then nascent 'S'truth? STREWTH! Dangerous Ideas From A Working Brain' blog back in September 2004. The great numbers of readers referred to SS-DIFAWB definitely spurred me to wrote more- and better. I was fairly rusty when I started writing SS-DIFAWB. I'm somewhat better at it now with 'mgk:Machine Gun Keyboard' and the readership has certainly responded. I'm seeing 700-1000 readers per day at the moment on mgk. Lets hope that powerhouse writers like you & MK can get some readership (and livable rates of earnings...) outside of the traditional media structure.
Thanks Weez.At the moment, my sources of income is clearly not from this blog, but from writing gigs, book writing and elsewhere. It's starting to get a little easier, but takes time.Margo leaving Fairfax should have happened a long time ago, and it's not before time.
Antony,as a final insult to Margo,we received 13 unsolcited emails. Some great believers of free speach have hacked into her site.You should not open these things but curiousity got the better of me. One spoke of just reading the little paper and you will be right. All deleted and cannot be more specific. What about P. Adams? Still working for Ruppy/A.B.C and love his radio work. Personally I would hate to see him go.
I also received many spam emails. God knows what that was all about...Phillip Adams still hangs onto the ABC and Murdoch, just so that they can say they've got the lefties covered.Margo's departure is for the best, the Fairfax meddling was getting out of control.I think she'll tell that story soon...I've got a few things to add, when the time is right...
She's now free of the fundamentalist zionists!
I back up Weezil's thoughts on this. I'll be watching Kingston again with interest. Webdiary was going off the rails a bit there, so I am hopeful that this move will provide an injection of renewed enthusiasm and a sense of direction.
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