Answers for Adam: Was the passion shown by Packer and Gyngell a good thing?

Answers_For_Adam-11-2After  a dramatic 24-hours with a fight between media execs and protest stopping a live TV show Adam Ferrier asks if this refreshing show of passion is good for society. 

So two things have happened over the last 24 hours that make we think we’re on the right track again. A bit of biffo and a protest.

Nt NewsThe fact that David Gyngell and James Packer had a punch-up on Sunday was interesting, what’s remarkable is that the fight seemed to get past the political correctness keeper and Australia just accepted this quintessentially Australian scene. Two mates of equal power sorting something out with a quick punch up, and then quickly declaring that they’ve been mates for years and still respect each other.

Later that day on Q&A the weirdest thing happened – ‘an organised protest’. Well sort of. A group of around 20 (presumably) students unfurled a banner and began chanting against the proposed changes to tertiary education (interestingly when this happen ABC switched (belatedly) to some music by Katie Noonan – as someone said on Twitter ‘the closest the ABC gets to a commercial break’).

adam-ferrier-2-copyI enjoy watching people act with passion – breaking the controls we all feel every day on our lives.

I’m not sure if it’s just me – but we used to tolerate much more ‘out there’ behaviour. I read once that a normal Elizabethan man walking down the street today would be so demonstrative compared to how we act today that they would be locked up for being insane. To me if feels like our society is becoming increasingly conformist (I don’t know how to prove that – anyone?), and people are afraid to break conventions for what they feel is right.

A little more biffo between equals to sort things out, and a few more protests by the minority to get heard by the majority could be good. I enjoyed watching these people act from the heart.

My question is, should such acts of passion we’ve seen on the streets of Bondi and in the ABC studios be encouraged or derided?

Adam Ferrier is CSO / Partner at independent creative and media agency, Cummins&Partners. Twitter @adamferrier

The protest on Q&A last night:


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