Dr Mumbo congratulates Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his appointment as communications minister following the departure to backbench obscurity of Stephen Conroy. Read more »
Remember that urban myth that Al Gore once claimed to have invented the internet?
Well, Tony Abbott has just shanked his colleague and (ahem) potential leadership challenger Malcolm Tunbull by making a similar claim on his behalf.
In a speech to the party room – and yes, it is a speech, as in prepared remarks now sitting on Abbot’s website, not something off the cuff, he today had the following to say:
“We have a strong and credible broadband policy because the man who has devised it, the man who will implement it virtually invented the Internet in this country. Thank you so much, Malcolm Turnbull.” Read more »
At least Seven is bouncing back from its Today Tonight leadership challenge meltdown now…
Dr Mumbo was a fan of Lionel Richie’s appearance in the new Tap King ad.
The instructional video for the home keg kit, which has popped on online, is pretty good too.
Good work, all.
It was a night where few people in commercial television covered themselves in glory.
Dr Mumbo refers of course to the small matter of the leadership spill.
Gold medal for the most disastrous coverage goes to Today Tonight and presenter Helen Kapalos.
She experienced every news presenter’s worst nightmare. No autocue, no script, and no idea where to go to next.
For an excruciating minute and a half she floundered: Read more »
There will be some mighty relieved hacks at News Limited tonight.
By some distance, news.com.au was first to call the winner of the spill.
Just eleven minutes after the Labor MPs entered the room – and long before speeches and voting were completed – the news.com.au Twitter account tweeted:
Maybe it’s the new name?
Dr Mumbo hears that the kids at Sky News haven’t been kind to their counterparts at News Limited, sorry as of Monday News Corp Australia, today refusing them permission to embed the Sky News live feed on their websites as the Rudd versus Gillard challenge began. Read more »
Google knows the questions Australians are currently asking about Julia Gillard…
So here’s a marvellous new ad from McDonald’s in which a man shushes a woman and tells her to stay in the moment:
It is, of course, entirely unlike this ad from last year for Carlton Mid in whcih a man shushes a woman and tells her to stay a little longer:
A couple of offers from group deal site LivingSocial today that seem to go quite well together…
Curious goings-on with communications group STW and government lobbying firms Barton Deakin and Hawker Britton. AFR TV’s Joe Aston has been joining some interesting dots – even if Dr Mumbo can’t make out what the picture is meant to be of…
So comedian Neel Kolhatkar has a point of view on the Australian media…
The 2013 federal election might still probably be three months away but political journalist Michelle Grattan, who now writes for The Comnversation, appears to have made the call.
A book cover leaked to Dr Mumbo for the new edition of her book Australian Prime Ministers, to be released in December, doesn’t leave much doubt about who will win.
So it happened.
Remember from Terminator how Skynet became self-aware on August 29th, 1997 and went to war with humanity?
Well, over the weekend, somebody posted a breakup note on Reddit, and Australia’s media decided it didn’t need to create its own content any more.
News.com.au led the way… Read more »
Dr Mumbo is genuinely mesmerised by this video of his favourite shock jock.
A new (and Dr Mumbo suspects short lived) segment features Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O being read the negative things being said about them on the Today Network show’s Facebook page and on Twitter. It may be inspired by a similar idea from Jimmy Kimmel in the US.
The changes on Kyle Sandilands’ face from the one minute, 53 second mark are compelling.
Perhaps Dr Mumbo is reading too much into it to say that he sees Sandilands’ soul crumbling before his very eyes. It finally leaves his body at the two minutes and 22 seconds mark… Read more »
Why does he think this?
Well, they have sent out the press release 12 times so far this morning…
So these social media gurus? Sorry, social media “goddesses”… When they teach classes, are they required to respect their students?
Dr Mumbo’s just wondering…
It’s a while since Charles Saatchi was financially involved with M&C Saatchi (and even longer ago with Saatchi & Saatchi), but there are times when having the founder’s name above the door can have a downside.
Those times include when the tabloids include photographs of Saatchi grabbing his wife Nigella Lawson by the throat, an incident for which he has now been cautioned for assault by the police.
At those times, the M&C Saatchi slogan of “brutal simplicity of thought” does not seem entirely ideal.
Still, it has given the internet an opportunity to remix one of Saatchi & Saatchi’s most famous ads.