Catherine the Great

Monday, May 17, 2010

My favourite columnist for the Age, Catherine Deveny, was sacked for comments she made on Twitter. You can read her reaction to the sacking in an article on the Drum here. The Age tried to sack her last year (or the year before) but popular opinion prevented their attempts. I think that the twitter 'incident' was just their excuse to do what they've always wanted to do. I don't think you should be sacked for a few satirical comments on a social networking site, especially when you are employed as an opinion writer and satirist

In other news, the Herald Sun is scrapping their daily arts section. It was a waste of space really, who even goes to the theatre/movies/art galleries/gigs in Melbourne really? Give us more gossip and sport.

2 comments :

  1. hey alli thanks for this post - i have never read any of catherine deveny's work before, the first time i'd heard of her was in the aftermath of those two tweets - which, given the media coverage, i thought were wildly inappropriate. its always interesting discovering the context isn't it, and a shame the media don't generally dig deeper or show the whole story - but i guess thats their power - to form the opinions of people like me who generally don't look any further into the matter at hand in regards to things like this, to find out whats really going on.

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  2. Hi Allison,
    I love Catherine Deveny too. I was amazed when they sacked her at the amount of people who fired off vitriolic comments about her and her work. Everyone seemed to want to criticise her about some element of her public behaviour, and they seemed to be really enjoying her downfall too. I was really surprised. I thought that more people would come out in support of her, but it would seem that was not the popular standpoint. Hopefully she will be back in some form soon.

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