Gone are times when a televised appearance gave a guide to the thoughts of the speaker, and the appearance's outcome the direct result of that person's true character.
So if people, like, from other nations, can, like, use English correctly as a second language, or others in our society can, like, speak clearly and coherently, like, what's wrong with trying to say it gooder?
Today's grand illusion is of an information age when, in truth, we live in a media age in which incessant corporate propaganda is insidious, contagious, effective and liberal.
The Facebook experiment saga raises important questions about who owns our data online: the users, the social media companies, or someone else?
If you want to know how the left in Australia thinks, then check out Twitter. It will also explain the slow degradation of Australian political reporting into gotcha exposes and personal slurs.
Where does the devil lie? He (or she) lies in the detail and when it comes to policy there is no more vexing devil than implementation.
In the end, professionals need to be paid and we will foot the bill, whether it's through subscriptions (including TV licenses), intrusive advertising or the purchase prices for news apps.
To protect democracy, governments have an obligation to detect and remove political bias within the media. It is essential that the media act as a safe-haven for political neutrality.
The national dialogue surrounding men's violence against women shifts attention from male perpetrators and onto female victims.
Where we've come from and what we think are now not so closely aligned. Globalisation has brought a world of ideas to our doorsteps.
Statements by PM Tony Abbott and some of his associates that the ABC is not barracking for the 'home team' and is 'un-Australian' presumably prepare the ground for funding and program cuts.
If the ABC's business model is as flawed as it appears, how will it withstand an efficiency dividend?