Bloggers via Media Man Int, Media Man Australia and
Australian Sports Entertainment
blog is a user-generated website where entries are
made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological
often provide commentary or news on a particular subject,
such as food, politics, or local news; some function
as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines
text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages,
and other media related to its topic. The ability
for readers to leave comments in an interactive format
is an important part of most early blogs. Most blogs
are primarily textual although some focus on photographs
(photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting),
and are part of a wider network of social media.
term "blog" is derived from "Web log."
"Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning
to maintain or add content to a blog.
term blog is commonly acredited to the web-journal
pioneer Travis Petler. He coined the term on his personal
blog in early September of 1997 while studying at
Brown University. His use of the word spread to other
college campus' where other weblogs were present.
of November 2006, blog search engine Technorati was
tracking nearly 60 million blogs.
Chronicles, commonplaces, diaries, and perzines can
all be seen as predecessors of blogs.
blogging became popular, digital communities took
many forms, including Usenet, e-mail lists and
bulletin board systems (BBS). In the 1990s, Internet
forum software, such as WebEx, created running conversations
with "threads". Threads are topical connections
between messages on a metaphorical "corkboard".
Some have likened blogging to the mass-observation
movement of the mid-20th century.
Main article: Online diary
Brad Fitzpatrick, an early blogger.The modern blog
evolved from the online diary, where people would
keep a running account of their personal lives. Most
such writers called themselves diarists, journalists,
or journalers. A few called themselves escribitionists.
The Open Pages webring included members of the online-journal
community. Justin Hall, who began eleven years of
personal blogging in 1994 while a student at Swarthmore
College, is generally recognized as one of the earliest
forms of journals kept online also existed. A notable
example was game programmer John Carmack's widely
read journal, published via the finger protocol. Websites,
including both corporate sites and personal homepages,
had and still often have "What's New" or
"News" sections, often on the index page
and sorted by date. One example of a news based "weblog"
is the Drudge Report founded by the self styled maverick
reporter Matt Drudge, though apparently Drudge dislikes
this classification. Another is the Institute for
Public Accuracy which began posting news releases
featuring several news-pegged one-paragraph quotes
several time a week beginning in 1998. One noteworthy
early precursor to a blog was the tongue-in-cheek
personal website that was frequently updated by Usenet
weblogs were simply manually updated components of
common websites. However, the evolution of tools to
facilitate the production and maintenance of web articles
posted in reverse chronological order made the publishing
process feasible to a much larger, less technical,
population. Ultimately, this resulted in the distinct
class of online publishing that produces blogs we
recognize today. For instance, the use of some sort
of browser-based software is now a typical aspect
of "blogging". Blogs can be hosted by dedicated
blog hosting services, or they can be run using blog
software, such as WordPress, Movable Type, blogger
or LiveJournal, or on regular web hosting services,
such as DreamHost.
term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger
on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog,"
was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the
word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar
of his blog Peterme.com in April or May of 1999. This
was quickly adopted as both a noun and verb ("to
blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or
to post to one's weblog").
a slow start, blogging rapidly gained in popularity:
the site Xanga, launched in 1996, had only 100 diaries
by 1997, but over 20 million as of December 2005.
Blog usage spread during 1999 and the years following,
being further popularized by the near-simultaneous
arrival of the first hosted blog tools:
Diary launched in October 1998, soon growing to thousands
of online diaries. Open Diary innovated the reader
comment, becoming the first blog community where readers
could add comments to other writers' blog entries.
Brad Fitzpatrick started LiveJournal in March 1999.
Andrew Smales created Pitas.com in July 1999 as an
easier alternative to maintaining a "news page"
on a website, followed by Diaryland in September 1999,
focusing more on a personal diary community.
Evan Williams and Meg Hourihan (Pyra Labs) launched
blogger.com in August 1999 (purchased by Google in
Blogging combined the personal web page with tools
to make linking to other pages easier specifically
permalinks, blogrolls and TrackBacks. This, together
with weblog search engines enabled bloggers to track
the threads that connected them to others with similar
Several broadly popular American blogs emerged in
2001: Andrew Sullivan's AndrewSullivan.com, Ron Gunzburger's
Politics1.com, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, Glenn
Reynolds' Instapundit, Charles Johnson's Little Green
Footballs, and Jerome Armstrong's MyDD all
blogging primarily on politics (two earlier popular
American political blogs were Bob Somerby's Daily
Howler launched in 1998 and Mickey Kaus' Kausfiles
launched in 1999).
2001, blogging was enough of a phenomenon that how-to
manuals began to appear, primarily focusing on technique.
The importance of the blogging community (and its
relationship to larger society) increased rapidly.
Established schools of journalism began researching
blogging and noting the differences between journalism
2002, Jerome Armstrong's friend and sometime business
partner Markos Moulitsas Zúniga began DailyKos.
With up to a million visits a day during peak events,
it has now become one of the Internet's most trafficked
in 2002, many blogs focused on comments by U.S. Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott. Senator Lott, at a party
honoring U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, praised Senator
Thurmond by suggesting that the United States would
have been better off had Thurmond been elected president.
Lott's critics saw these comments as a tacit approval
of racial segregation, a policy advocated by Thurmond's
1948 presidential campaign. This view was reinforced
by documents and recorded interviews dug up by bloggers.
(See Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo.) Though
Lott's comments were made at a public event attended
by the media, no major media organizations reported
on his controversial comments until after blogs broke
the story. Blogging helped to create a political crisis
that forced Lott to step down as majority leader.
impact of this story gave greater credibility to blogs
as a medium of news dissemination. Though often seen
as partisan gossips, bloggers sometimes lead the way
in bringing key information to public light, with
mainstream media having to follow their lead. More
often, however, news blogs tend to react to material
already published by the mainstream media.
2002, blogs have gained increasing notice and coverage
for their role in breaking, shaping, and spinning
news stories. The Iraq war saw bloggers taking measured
and passionate points of view that go beyond the traditional
left-right divide of the political spectrum.
by established politicians and political candidates,
to express opinions on war and other issues, cemented
blogs' role as a news source. (See Howard Dean and
Wesley Clark.) Meanwhile, an increasing number of
experts blogged, making blogs a source of in-depth
analysis. (See Daniel Drezner and J. Bradford DeLong.)
second Iraq war was the first "blog war"
in another way: Iraqi bloggers gained wide readership,
and one, Salam Pax, published a book of his blog.
Blogs were also created by soldiers serving in the
Iraq war. Such "warblog" gave readers new
perspectives on the realities of war, as well as often
offering different viewpoints from those of official
was used to draw attention to obscure news sources.
For example, bloggers posted links to traffic cameras
in Madrid as a huge anti-terrorism demonstration filled
the streets in the wake of the March 11 attacks.
began to provide nearly-instant commentary on televised
events, creating a secondary meaning of the word "blogging":
to simultaneously transcribe and editorialize speeches
and events shown on television. (For example, "I
am blogging Rice's testimony" means "I am
posting my reactions to Condoleezza Rice's testimony
into my blog as I watch her on television.")
Real-time commentary is sometimes referred to as "liveblogging."
In 2004, the role of blogs became increasingly mainstream,
as political consultants, news services and candidates
began using them as tools for outreach and opinion
forming. Even politicians not actively campaigning,
such as the UK's Labour Party's MP Tom Watson, began
to blog to bond with constituents.
Public Radio broadcast a program by Christopher Lydon
and Matt Stoller called "The blogging of the
President," which covered a transformation in
politics that blogging seemed to presage. The Columbia
Journalism Review began regular coverage of blogs
and blogging. Anthologies of blog pieces reached print,
and blogging personalities began appearing on radio
and television. In the summer of 2004, both United
States Democratic and Republican Parties' conventions
credentialed bloggers, and blogs became a standard
part of the publicity arsenal. Mainstream television
programs, such as Chris Matthews' Hardball, formed
their own blogs. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary declared
"blog" as the word of the year in 2004.
were among the driving forces behind the "Rathergate"
scandal, to wit: (television journalist) Dan Rather
presented documents (on the CBS show 60 Minutes) that
conflicted with accepted accounts of President Bush's
military service record. Bloggers declared the documents
to be forgeries and presented evidence and arguments
in support of that view, and CBS apologized for what
it said were inadequate reporting techniques (see
Little Green Footballs). Many bloggers view this scandal
as the advent of blogs' acceptance by the mass media,
both as a source of news and opinion and as means
of applying political pressure.
bloggers have moved over to other media. The following
bloggers (and others) have appeared on radio and television:
Duncan Black (known widely by his pseudonym, Atrios),
Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) , Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
(Daily Kos), Alex Steffen (Worldchanging) and Ana
Marie Cox (Wonkette). Hugh Hewitt is an example of
a media personality who has moved in the other direction,
adding to his reach in "old media" by being
an influential blogger.
blogs were an important source of news during the
December 2004 Tsunami such as Medecins Sans Frontieres,
which used SMS text messaging to report from affected
areas in Sri Lanka and Southern India. Similarly,
during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and the aftermath
a few blogs which were located in New Orleans, including
the Interdictor and Gulfsails were able to maintain
power and an internet connection and disseminate information
that was not covered by the Main Stream Media.
the United Kingdom, The Guardian newspaper launched
a redesign in September 2005, which included a daily
digest of blogs on page 2. Also in June 2006, BBC
News launched a weblog for its editors, following
other news companies.
January 2005, Fortune magazine listed eight bloggers
that business people "could not ignore":
Peter Rojas, Xeni Jardin, Ben Trott, Mena Trott, Jonathan
Schwartz, Jason Goldman, Robert Scoble, and Jason
A photo of Joi Ito's moblog.There are various types
of blogs, and each differs in the way content is delivered
A blog comprising videos is called a vlog, one comprising
links is called a linklog,, a site containing
a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or
one comprising photos is called a photoblog. Blogs
with shorter posts and mixed media types are called
Blogs can also be defined by which type of device
is used to compose it. A blog written by a mobile
device like a mobile phone or PDA is called a moblog.
Some blogs focus on a particular subject, such as
political blogs, travel blogs, fashion blogs, project
blogs or legal blogs (often referred to as a blawgs).
Legal status of publishers
A blog can be private, as in most cases, or it can
be for business purposes. Blogs, either used internally
to enhance the communication and culture in a corporation
or externally for marketing, branding or PR purposes
are called corporate blogs.
Blog search engines
Several blog search engines are used to search blog
contents (also known as the blogosphere), such as
blogdigger, Feedster, and Technorati. Technorati provides
current information on both popular searches and tags
used to categorize blog postings.
Recently, researchers have analyzed the dynamics of
how blogs become popular. There are essentially two
measures of this: popularity through citations, as
well as popularity through affiliation (i.e. blogroll).
The basic conclusion from studies of the structure
of blogs is that while it takes time for a blog to
become popular through blogrolls, permalinks can boost
popularity more quickly, and are perhaps more indicative
of popularity and authority than blogrolls, since
they denote that people are actually reading the blog's
content and deem it valuable or noteworthy in specific
blogdex project was launched by researchers in the
MIT Media Lab to crawl the web and gather data from
thousands of blogs in order to investigate their social
properties. It gathered this information for over
4 years, and autonomously tracked the most contagious
information spreading in the blog community. The project
is no longer active.
are also given rankings by Technorati based on the
amount of incoming links and Alexa Internet based
on the web hits of Alexa Toolbar users. In August
2006, Technorati listed the most linked-to blog as
that of Chinese actress Xu Jinglei and the most-read
blog as group-written Boing Boing.
Group forecasts that blogging will peak in 2007, levelling
off when the number of writers who maintain a personal
website reaches 100 million. Gartner analysts expect
that the novelty value of the medium will wear off
as most people who are interested in the phenomenon
have checked it out, and new bloggers will offset
the number of writers who abandon their creation out
of boredom. The firm estimates that there are more
than 200 million former bloggers who have ceased posting
to their online diaries, creating an exponential rise
in the amount of dotsam and netsam (i.e. unwanted
objects) on the Web.
was reported by Chinese media Xinhua that the blog
of Xu Jinglei received more than 50 million page views,
claiming to be the most popular blog in the world.
In mid-2006, it also had the most incoming links of
any blogs on the Internet.]
Blogging and the mass media
Many bloggers differentiate themselves from the mainstream
media, while others are members of that media working
through a different channel. Some institutions see
blogging as a means of "getting around the filter"
and pushing messages directly to the public. Some
critics worry that bloggers respect neither copyright
nor the role of the mass media in presenting society
with credible news. Bloggers and other contributors
to user generated content are behind TIME magazine
naming the 2006 person of the year as "you".
mainstream journalists, meanwhile, write their own
blogs -- well over 300, according to CyberJournalist.net's
J-blog list. The first known use of a Weblog on a
news site was in August 1998, when Jonathan Dube of
The Charlotte Observer published one chronicling Hurricane
have also had an influence on minority languages,
bringing together scattered speakers and learners;
this is particularly so with blogs in Gaelic languages,
whose creators can be found as far away from traditional
Gaelic areas as Kazakhstan and Alaska. Minority language
publishing (which may lack economic feasibility) can
find its audience through inexpensive blogging.
The emergence of blogging has brought a range of legal
liabilities. Employers have "dooced" (fired)
employees who maintain personal blogs that discuss
their employers. The major areas of concern are the
issues of proprietary or confidential information,
and defamation. Several cases have been brought before
the national courts against bloggers and the courts
have returned with mixed verdicts. In John Doe v.
Patrick Cahill, the Delaware Supreme Court held that
stringent standards had to be met to unmask anonymous
bloggers, and also took the unusual step of dismissing
the libel case itself (as unfounded under American
libel law) rather than referring it back to the trial
court for reconsideration. In a bizarre twist, the
Cahills were able to find the ISP address of John
Doe, who turned out to be the person they suspected:
the town's mayor, Councilman Cahill's political rival.
The Cahills amended their original complaint, and
the mayor settled the case rather than going to trial.
Singapore, on the other hand, two ethnic Chinese were
imprisoned under the countrys anti-sedition
law for posting anti-Muslim remarks in their weblogs.
Internet Service Providers, in general, are immune
from liability for information that originates with
Third Parties (U.S. Communications Decency Act and
the EU Directive 2000/31/EC).
Malaysia, eight Royal Dutch Shell Group companies
collectively obtained in June 2004 an Interim Injunction
and Restraining Order against a Shell whistleblower,
a Malaysian geologist and former Shell employee, Dr
John Huong. The proceedings are in respect of alleged
defamatory postings attributed to Dr Huong on a weblog
hosted in North America but owned and operated by
an 89 year old British national, Alfred Donovan, a
long term critic of Shell. The Shell action is directed
solely against Dr Huong. Further proceedings against
Dr Huong were issued by the same plaintiff companies
in 2006 in respect of publications on Donovan weblog
sites in 2005 and 2006. The further proceedings include
a "Notice to Show Cause" relating to a "contempt
of court" action potentially punishable by imprisonment.
The contempt hearing and a related application by
the eight Royal Dutch Shell plaintiff companies for
Dr Huong to produce Alfred Donovan for cross-examination
in connection with an affidavit Donovan provided,
was scheduled to be heard in the High Court of Malay
in Kuala Lumpur on 17th August 2006. Donovan's principle
weblog is royaldutchshellplc.com. In Kanuary 2007,
Jeff Ooi and Rocky's Bru are sued for defaming a pro-government
newspaper. This is the first legal case against bloggers
in the country.
Britain, a college lecturer contributed to a blog
in which she referred to a politician (who had also
expressed his views in the same blog) using various
uncomplimentary names, including referring to him
as a "Nazi". The politician found out the
real name of the lecturer (she wrote under a pseudonym)
via the ISP and successfully sued her for £10,000
in damages and £7,200 costs. In the spring of
2006, Erik Ringmar, a tenured senior lecturer at the
London School of Economics was ordered by the convenor
of his department to "take down and destroy"
a blog in which he discussed student life at the school.
Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was recently
fined during the 2006 NBA playoffs for criticizing
NBA officials on the court and in his blog.
Simonetti, a US airline attendant, lost her job after
posting photos of herself in uniform displaying more
cleavage than ordinary on her blog "The Queen
of the Sky". Simonetti took legal action against
the airline for "wrongful termination, defamation
of character and lost future wages".
India, blogger Gaurav Sabnis resigned from IBM after
his posts exposing the false claims of a management
school, IIPM, led to management of IIPM threatening
to burn their IBM laptops as a sign of protest against
the United States blogger Aaron Wall was sued by Traffic
Power for defamation and publication of trade secrets
in 2005. According to Wired Magazine, Traffic Power
had been "banned from Google for allegedly rigging
search engine results." Wall and other "white
hat" search engine optimization consultants had
exposed Traffic Power in what they claim was an effort
to protect the public. The case was watched by many
bloggers because it addressed the murky legal question
of who's liable for comments posted on blogs. (Credit:
Authority, Agent, Algorithm, Awake, Ads and Alphabet
Balls, Balance and Blogs
Creative and Content
Digital and Disrupt
Expert, Entertainment and Exposure
Go, Grappling, Genuine, Gems, Gold and Gonzo
Hits and Hashtags
Instinct and Instagram
Jewels and Journalism
Karate and Keywords
Lift and LinkedIn
Money, Moneytize and MMA
Numbers and News
Open and Online News
Passion, Promotions, Platforms and Pop Culture
R. Revenue and Results
Suplex, Space X and Social Media
Trust, Twitter, Tesla and Trends
Universe, Unique and UFC
Words, Webcode and World
X-Journo and X.
YouTube and YouTube Shorts
Musk loses $30 billion in one day amid Wall Streets
tech wipeout - 21st July 2023
Musks fortune slumped $US20.3 billion ($29.5
billion) after Tesla warned it may have to keep cutting
the prices of its electric vehicles, sending shares
drop in net worth to $US234.4 billion is the seventh-largest
decline ever among those in the Bloomberg Billionaires
Index, and further narrows the wealth gap between
Musk and Bernard Arnault, the worlds two richest
people. Musks fortune still exceeds that of
Arnault, chairman of luxury goods maker LVMH, by about
wasnt the only US technology billionaire having
a tough day. Amazon.com s Jeff Bezos, Oracle
Corp.s Larry Ellison, former Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer, Metas Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet
co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin shed a collective
$US20.8 billion in net worth as the tech-heavy Nasdaq
100 fell 2.3 per cent.
of Tesla slid 9.7 per cent to $US262.90 in New York,
the most since April 20, after the company warned
of more hits to its already-shrinking profitability.
Months of markdowns have taken a toll on automotive
gross margin, which fell to a four-year low in the
second quarter. Musk, the companys CEO, said
Tesla will have to keep lowering prices if interest
rates continue to rise.
addition to potentially having to budge further on
pricing, Tesla is pouring money into new models, including
the behind-schedule Cybertruck, plus Dojo, the in-house
supercomputer Musk plans to spend at least $US1 billion
on by the end of next year. While Tesla remains on
track to produce around 1.8 million vehicles in 2023,
output will dip this quarter due to factory upgrades.
does make sense to sacrifice margins in favour of
making more vehicles, because we think in the not-too-distant
future they will have a dramatic valuation increase,
Musk said, referring to his belief Tesla will eventually
offer autonomous-driving capability that will make
already-sold cars worth more.
to Teslas challenges is its growing inventory
of cars. The company said it now has 16 days
worth of supply globally, up from 15 days last quarter
and just four days a year ago. Inventory continued
to build despite steep discounts on Teslas best-selling
models, and perks including free charging that the
carmaker offered consumers.
52, derives his wealth primarily from his stake in
the EV manufacturer, as well as his holdings in Space
Exploration Technologies and Twitter. His wealth had
increased about $US118 billion this year through Wednesday,
as shares of Tesla climbed 136 per cent.
74, has seen his net worth rise by $US39 billion this
year to $US201.2 billion. Shares of Paris-based LVMH
have gained 26 per cent in 2023.
deletes Matildas fans World Cup videos from
who shared footage taken inside World Cup stadiums
have had their videos wiped from social media after
complaints from footballs organising body FIFA.
rules buried in the 13 pages of fine print that accompany
match tickets specify that people not broadcast live
or near live material from the grounds on their
personal social media accounts, to protect broadcasters
the fine print gives FIFA discretion to decide what
constitutes a near live broadcast, so
that fans who uploaded mobile phone footage of crowds
celebrating several hours after the Matildas
one-nil win over Ireland at Stadium Australia on Thursday
had footage deleted.
masthead also is not allowed to use any images legally
from these videos.
took some footage throughout the game, including the
penalty, which was at the far end of the ground,
said Dan, who requested that his surname not be published.
Then I sort of looped around and got some of
the amazing crowd reactions.
around midnight, I uploaded it on Instagram. In the
early hours of the morning I opened Instagram and
there was a copyright notice and the video had been
later received an email from Instagram saying he could
contact the complainant, Fédération
Internationale de Football Association, to resolve
the issue. He reposted his video, which at the time
of writing is still live.
did not comment directly on Dans case but said
some people posting social media videos would have
them removed because the organisation was conducting
a large operation against digital piracy.
innocuous social media posts may be swept up by algorithms
searching for pirate broadcasters, especially those
that feature snippets of on-field action, it said.
rights are quite restricted so as to protect broadcast
rights, a spokesman said.
said it broadly encouraged people to post images from
matches on social media. While some videos have been
deleted, most are still up, including one posted by
environment minister Tanya Plibersek, who captured
the same goal as Dan from a different angle and posted
it to her Instagram page.
does seem like overreach to target people who are
just sharing content of a major sporting event,
said Isabella Alexander, a law professor at the University
of Technology Sydney.
think its common for live sporting events to
be very strictly controlled because of the value of
the broadcast rights - and because theres no
copyright on the actual sporting event itself the
way they can enforce it is via the fine print on the
tickets, she said.
probably not common for tickets to have quite the
range of provisions like this, but since nobody ever
reads them, how would we know?
social media platforms have seen World Cup content
removed this week. Journalist Hamish McNeilly from
the Stuff website had a tweet that contained a short
video from the match between New Zealand and Norway
deleted on Thursday night, and posted a take down
notice he received from FIFA shortly afterwards.
control of imagery can seem extreme. During the 2018
mens world cup, footballs governing body
ordered Twitter to take down a short video of seven-year-old
England fan Alex Conn dancing in his living room because
a TV showing a match could be glimpsed in the background.
just seems a bit pathetic, Alexs mother
Kathryn told NBC at the time. The fact that
the TV is on in the background is largely incidental.
Hes just enjoying himself and enjoying the game.
struck controversy earlier this month when a directive
to cover up plaques of seven Australian athletes at
Allianz Stadium met outrage from some in the sporting
move, part of FIFAs clean site policy
to remove all non-World Cup branding from venues,
was reversed last week.
so betting markets can be changed? Robinson
backs Matildas over Kerr injury
NRL premiership winning coach Trent Robinson has emerged
as an unlikely ally for Matildas counterpart Tony
Gustavsson after he attracted criticism for keeping
Sam Kerrs World Cup injury a secret.
shock withdrawal from Australias tournament-opening
win over Ireland due to a calf injury was kept under
wraps by the Matildas right up until final teams were
named 90 minutes before kick-off on Thursday night.
and Gustavsson spoke at a pre-game press conference
as though the worlds best player was not in
any doubt despite knowing she had suffered the injury
earlier in the day and wouldnt play.
his post-match press conference, Gustavsson appealed
for understanding as to the tactical advantage gained
by not flagging Kerrs injury, and told host
broadcaster Channel 7 in a separate interview that
we werent honest in the press conference
[because] we didnt have all the information
was at the centre of a similar narrative around Cooper
Cronk leading into the Roosters 2018 grand final
triumph, when the star half was in doubt with a serious
shoulder injury and Robinson ducked and weaved around
the question of whether the star halfback would play
until 30 minutes before kick-off. Cronk played the
match despite having suffered what was revealed to
be a badly broken shoulder blade.
are you saying we should tell everyone so the betting
markets can be changed? Robinson responded when
asked about keeping team secrets under intense scrutiny.
was a bit written about it [in 2018], but its
not going to change people turning up. The objective
of a coach is to win a game other people might
have a difference of opinion but our job is
to create intrigue and guessing in the opposition.
your cards days and weeks before a game is giving
a bit of a tip sheet to the opposition. People wouldnt
have turned up if they found out? People wouldnt
coachs job for Australia is to win the game,
and if that was a tactical advantage so Australia
could win the game then I think were happy with
that as Australians rather than having the knowledge
hours before that Sam wasnt playing.
declined to answer a pre-game question about the fitness
of his players and was similarly coy after Australias
win when pressed on Kerrs availability for the
rest of the tournament.
about how Kerr was injured and the nature of her calf
issue were dead-batted, confirming only that the Chelsea
superstar will miss next Thursdays clash against
Nigeria, with a match against Canada following four
is then a weeks break until Australias
prospective round of 16 fixture on August 7.
going to be out for two games, and then well
reassess afterwards, Gustavsson said. That
tells you a little bit about what grade it is, but
we dont want to go into more details on that
at this point.
versus Puma: The ambush marketing campaign dividing
Australia has blocked players from the pioneering
1975 Australian womens team from referring to
themselves as former Matildas as part of an ambush
marketing campaign by a rival apparel brand that has
bitterly divided the national teams alumni network.
long-running debate over who should be regarded as
the first Matildas and thus the
true matriarchs of the sport in Australia has
erupted in the build-up to the FIFA Womens World
Cup, implicating current players and, according to
one source who did not wish to be named due to the
sensitive nature of the situation, has even ruined
friendships between ex-teammates.
relates to the team that wore green and gold at the
1975 Asian Cup Ladies Football Tournament in Hong
Kong, whose groundbreaking role in Australian womens
football was given overdue formal recognition by FA
for the first time in May 2022, after almost half
a century in the shadows.
because FAs historical committee unanimously
ruled they were a club team with the majority
of the 16 players drawn from all-conquering Sydney
side St George Budapest, including coach Joe OConnor,
and the rest from NSW rivals the federation
stopped short of classifying them as full-blown Matildas
due to the absence of a competitive national selection
team had gained permission from Sir Arthur George,
the chair of the FIFA-affiliated Australian Soccer
Federation, to wear the national colours and coat
of arms although the ASF had no involvement
at the time with the womens game, which was
run by the Australian Womens Soccer Association,
which formed a year earlier.
1975ers were offered unnumbered caps by FA, inclusion
in the federations official records, recognition
as the first womens team to represent Australia
in an internationally sanctioned tournament, and entry
into the Matildas Alumni club, which holds various
functions and events for ex-players.
they thumbed their nose at FAs offer, and 10
of them have since linked up with Puma a direct
competitor to the Matildas apparel sponsors
Nike which has launched a reported six-figure
advertising campaign spotlighting the 1975 players
with billboards, social media advertising and various
other pieces of content telling their remarkable story.
1975ers are shown shedding tears as they read out
a letter of recognition from Pumas Oceania general
manager Pancho Gutstein in one video. In another,
current Matildas Charli Grant and Aivi Luik, as well
as AFL stars Toby Greene and Scott Pendlebury
who all have individual endorsement deals with Puma
announce the names of the players who will
take part in a walking football rematch
against New Zealand, their rivals at that tournament
in Hong Kong, to be held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney
players, who have been dubbed the OGs
by Puma, were reunited for the first time since 1975,
supplied with branded tracksuits and shoes, and have
also been provided tickets for Thursday nights
clash between Australia and Ireland. They will watch
it with their New Zealand counterparts despite
the Football Ferns hosting Norway in the tournaments
opener in Auckland on the same day.
says it planned to produce similar video content highlighting
the players contributions had they taken up
the offer made to them last year. Gutstein confirmed
that when Pumas campaign launched, an FA executive
made contact and warned them about not breaching the
federations IP, including use of the term Matildas,
the trademark for which is owned by FA.
month, FA submitted another trademark request for
Tillies, a shortened version of the teams
nickname commonly used by fans.
said it did not hold a view on the Puma
campaign as it didnt infringe on any trademarks
or their partnership with Nike, which was also contacted
board will review the 1975ers claims again after
the World Cup, with the players believed to be undeterred
in their pursuit of further recognition despite
FAs historians and some ex-Matildas, while recognising
the significance of their achievements, believing
they are overreaching by demanding numbered caps.
regard to the debate, thats really not our call
at all, said Gutstein. We just think that
they have an amazing story. Its a wonderful
year to celebrate and share that story. Puma
sponsors only two of the 32 teams at the World Cup,
while Adidas has a longstanding deal with FIFA.
caps were also recently offered to and accepted
by the 1978 Australian team, which FA says
was the first senior womens side selected through
a national process, but since they competed against
club teams at an invitational tournament in Taiwan
that year, and not against other nations, those matches
are also not seen as full A internationals.
the 16 players from the 1975 team, two have since
passed away, as has coach OConnor, and only
three went on to earn numbered caps by playing in
full A international matches. Inaugural
Matildas captain Julie Dolan was one of them, and
featured in the 1979 clash against New Zealand that
FA recognises as the Matildas first A
international, as well as the 1978 team.
is not involved with the Puma campaign. She declined
to comment; sources close to Dolan claim her family
was verbally abused the last time she weighed in on
the topic. Dolan is the holder of Matildas cap No.1,
a status which has led to prominent roles in FA and
FIFA activities at World Cup events, and one she would
theoretically lose if the caps were to be reshuffled
to accommodate the 1975ers as some of her ex-teammates
seem to insist should happen.
a public Facebook post, former FA director Heather
Reid alleges the Puma campaigns narrative smacks
of deception, sparking a slanging match in the
comments where 1975 player Trixie Tagg accuses her
of trying to rewrite our history and describing
the teams treatment as that of illegitimate
cousins. Others questioned what they said was
an exclusionary approach.
said in an article on The Roar in 2020 that simply
being acknowledged by FA as they were last
year would mean the world to us,
and that the players would never expect cap numbers
to be changed.
another post on a private Matildas Alumni group, seen
by this masthead, one ex-player wrote: Given
the choice between honesty and kindness, most of us
have chosen kindness. But after the Puma campaign
... its time for honesty.
team that isnt nationally selected doesnt
pass the test to be classified as a national team
regardless of what colours they were allowed
to wear. We all played many games in green & gold
that werent classified as A international caps,
for a whole range of reasons. A team where nobody
else has an opportunity to be chosen simply isnt
a national team.
is giving them false expectations is not doing them,
or football, any favours. Its sad to see this
divide our game.
McGregor 'will not be intimidated' over sexual assault
allegation from Miami Heat NBA finals game - June
NBA and the Miami Heat are investigating an allegation
former UFC champion Conor McGregor sexually assaulted
a woman inside an arena bathroom after Game 4 of the
womans attorney, Ariel Mitchell, said her client
has provided Miami police with the clothing she was
wearing on the night and a report had been filed.
attorney said the fighter denied any wrongdoing. McGregor
will not be intimidated, said lawyer Barbara
letters sent to the NBA, the Heat and McGregors
representatives, Mitchell detailed her clients
allegations and said the client would discuss reasonable
settlement offers before June 12 or else proceed
are aware of the allegations and are conducting a
full investigation, read a statement from the
Heat. Pending the outcome of the investigation,
we will withhold further comment.
NBA had a similar statement, saying it was working
with the Heat to gather information.
alleged incident happened on the same night McGregor
knocked out the Heat mascot in a midgame bit that
more specifically the man who occupies Burnies
costume, briefly sought medical attention Friday night
after taking two punches from McGregor during a third-quarter
stoppage of Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Heat
and the Denver Nuggets.
employee, who was not identified, received pain medication
and was recovering, the team said.
was there as a promotional gimmick for a pain-relief
spray and was booed by many in the Miami crowd even
before the bit started.
flame mascot was wearing oversized boxing gloves and
a robe akin to what a fighter would wear entering
the ring for a bout.
hit Burnie with a left hook, knocking him down, then
punched the mascot again after he hit the floor.
then tried to spray the mascot with the
pain-relief product, while several members of the
Heats in-game promotional team dragged Burnie
off the court.
hasnt fought since injuring his left leg in
a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.
His last win came in January 2020.
Roman Reigns agrees to put his Tribal Chiefdom on
the line against Jey Uso! - July 21, 2023
a frenetic Friday Night SmackDown, the stakes between
Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and
Jey Uso got magnified as Reigns agreed to put his
Tribal Chiefdom on the line as well as his title against
Jey at SummerSlam! Plus, Dirty Dominik
Mysterio won his first NXT North American Title defense
against Butch, Rey Mysterio advanced in the U.S. Title
Invitational Tournament, Charlotte Flair overcame
IYO SKY so much more!
Sports News - Nate Diaz explains how Jake Paul trash
talking Conor McGregor and Dee Devlin helped influence
him into accepting the fight - 21st July 2023
(21-13 MMA) will be making his boxing debut against
The Problem Child who has a 6-1 record
in the ring, 4 of those wins via knockout.
Diaz opened up about why he agreed to take the fight
with Paul when speaking on the Raw Talk
guy (Paul) actually thinks hell beat up everyones
ass and hes louder than all you fools who are
really beating peoples ass. So, now I have to
step the f**k out the box real quick and whup this
motherf**kers ass so everyone knows whos
the real ass-whupper. You understand what Im
the 38 year old shared:
fool was poppin off on everybody. Like, Oh,
were real fighters. Well prove it, motherf**ker.
Go beat his ass for talking sh*t. He was going after
everybody. On that big of a stage where hes
making everybody believe that, like youre letting
this guy talk sh*t to the whole roster? And aint
no one saying sh*t? Louder than the roster? The UFCs
big, but the roster?
what Jake Paul was saying about Conor McGregor, Nate
then he was talking sh*t to Conor, talking sh*t to
Conor and dissing his wife and sh*t? Some real disrespectful
stuff that he shouldnt have been saying. And
nobodys saying sh*t. Im the one who said
Shut the f*ck up, b**ch. Ill whup your
ass. Have some respect. Youre gonna disrespect
somebodys wife and stuff like that who would
actually whup your ass? To get a fight like that,
that suppresses the fight fight game.
Nate Diaz said (h/t MMAMania):
thats a real fight and you should shut the f*ck
up, and no ones saying anything because everyones
acting like the whole roster, the UFC, everyones
acting like He cant really. But
he should shut the f*ck up. And no ones speaking
up, saying Shut the f*ck up. So
shut the f*ck up.
the fight just 2 weeks away, its anyones
guess as to who will be the victor after 10 rounds
in the boxing ring.
UFC RAISES MORE THAN $130,500 FOR THE UFC FOUNDATION
DURING INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK
the 11th Annual International Fight Week, UFC raised
a total of $130,790 with net proceeds benefitting
the UFC Foundation.
commemorate International Fight Week, UFC raised funds
across three charitable campaigns surrounding the
week-long celebration, including VIP sweepstakes with
digital charity platform 15 Seconds of Fame, the 2023
UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and a week-long
coincide with IFW, UFC launched a statewide online
and in-venue 50/50 raffle. Fans were able to participate
in the raffle by purchasing tickets during the UFC
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at T-Mobile Arena,
at the Las Vegas Convention Center during UFC X, at
ceremonial weigh-ins, and during UFC 290: VOLKANOVSKI
vs. RODRIGUEZ at T-Mobile Arena. The raffle generated
a total jackpot of $78,240, with 50% ($39,120) benefitting
the UFC Foundation.
winner of the remaining 50% of the jackpot, Jonathan
Weber of Poinsettia, Ariz., who was making his second
consecutive International Fight Week trip, will receive
$39,120 after purchasing his 50/50 raffle ticket during
always contribute to the 50/50 raffle at every UFC
event we attend, said Weber. We love watching
the jackpot grow and build for the foundation. We
have attended many UFC events and every time we go
we buy raffle tickets! Were going to take our
winnings and pay some bills and create funds for our
nine and four-year old daughters' savings accounts!
funds raised during the week included $17,000 from
a VIP sweepstakes for two tickets to sit in Dana Whites
section during UFC 290 and $35,550 in ticket sales
proceeds from the UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
CSR activations during International Fight Week also
included athletes visiting patients currently undergoing
treatment at the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and hosting
a two-day youth freestyle wrestling clinic in partnership
with Wrestle Like a Girl at UFC X.
UFC Foundation works in tandem with UFCs corporate
social responsibility program, #UFCInTheCommunity,
to strategically collaborate with partners, sponsors,
and athletes to develop additional charitable programs
and funding sources to help bolster and inspire the
2017, UFC has organized 29 50/50 raffles throughout
North America that have grossed more than $1.55 million,
with net proceeds benefitting local charitable organizations
in the communities that have hosted UFC events throughout
the United States and Canada.
next 50/50 raffle will take place from Friday, September
15 Saturday, September 16 at T-Mobile Arena
as part of NOCHE UFC: GRASSO vs. SHEVCHENKO 2. For
more information, please visit UFCFOUNDATION.
WWE® ANNOUNCES 27 ADDITIONAL DATES TO 2023 FALL
LIVE EVENT TOURING SCHEDULE
Conn., July 7, 2023 WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today
announced 27 additional live events as part of the
companys 2023 touring schedule. Tickets go on
sale next Friday, July 14.
Saturday, Sept. 9: WWE Saturday Nights Main
Event Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
Sunday, Sept. 10: WWE Sunday Stunner John Paul
Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
Sept. 15: SmackDown® Ball Arena in Denver,
Sept. 16: WWE Supershow Toyota Center in Kennewick,
Sept. 17: WWE Supershow Extra Mile Arena in
Sept. 18: Raw® Delta Center in Salt Lake
Sept. 22: SmackDown® Desert Diamond Arena
in Glendale, Ariz.
Sept. 23: WWE Supershow Acrisure Arena in Greater
Palm Springs, Calif.
Sept. 24: WWE Supershow Save Mart Center in
Sept. 25: Raw® Toyota Arena in Ontario,
Sept. 29: SmackDown® Golden 1 Center in
Sept. 30: WWE Supershow Chase Center in San
Oct. 1: WWE Supershow Tahoe Blue Event Center
in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Oct. 2: Raw® SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Oct. 6: SmackDown® Enterprise Center in
St. Louis, Mo.
Oct. 7: WWE Fastlane Gainbridge Fieldhouse
in Indianapolis, Ind.
Oct. 9: Raw® CHI Health Center in Omaha,
Oct 13: SmackDown® BOK Center in Tulsa,
Oct. 14: WWE Supershow T-Mobile Center in Kansas
Oct. 15: WWE Supershow Great Southern Bank
Arena in Springfield, Mo.
Oct. 16: Raw® Paycom Center in Oklahoma
Oct. 20: SmackDown® AT&T Center in
San Antonio, Texas
Oct. 21: WWE Saturday Nights Main Event
Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas
Oct. 22: WWE Sunday Stunner Sames Auto Arena
in Laredo, Texas
Oct. 23: Raw® American Airlines Center
in Dallas, Texas
Oct. 27: SmackDown® Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee,
Oct. 30: Raw® Bon Secours Wellness Arena
in Greenville, S.C.
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Open win Tag Team titles at ROH Death Before Dishonor
duo won the titles in a four-way match.
Open are the new ROH Tag Team Champions.
Davis and Kyle Fletcher won the titles at Fridays
Death Before Dishonor event, defeating former champions
Penta El 0 M and Rey Fenix, Best Friends, and The
Kingdom in a four-way match. The finish had Davis
and Fletcher hitting Coriolis on Trent Beretta to
win the titles for the first time.
Bros. had held the titles for 113 days, winning them
back at Supercard of Honor on March 31 in a Reach
for the Sky ladder match. The titles had been vacated
due to the death of Jay Briscoe back in January.
Open had to vacate the IWGP and NJPW Strong Tag Team
titles after Davis suffered a knee injury that required
surgery. This was the first time since May that Aussie
Open had teamed up, and the first time since they
had signed with AEW.
rest of the card saw champions retain their titles.
The double main event had Claudio Castagnoli successfully
retain the ROH World title against PAC, and Athena
retain the ROH Women's title against Willow Nightingale.
and sports announcing legend Jim Ross on AEW - July
(Riccaboni) really distinguished himself in Calgary,
I thought. I thought he and Nigel McGuinness had a
hell of a night. I don't trust anybody any more than
Ian Riccaboni to get the stuff in. We've got a great
anchor with Excalibur and another great anchor with
Ian Riccaboni and you just got to try it and see what
kind of chemistry there is between teams. The team
of Taz and Tony Schiavone and Excalibur is excellent.
They really are excellent and they're getting their
timing together. They're not talking over each other.
They're trying, I think, not to use so many fu**ing
pronouns. Then Nigel and Ian had a hell of a night,
and that's leaving out Kevin Kelly in this debate.
He'll be back as I understand it to do Collision,
but I don't know how all that's gonna work out. I
don't have any idea. But anyway, you just got to see
if they got chemistry. The skill set it takes to have
the patience to talk in sound bites and not make your
dialogue about you. That's what we're waiting to see
how that was all going to transfer. - Jim Ross
Matt Hardy On The Pros & Cons Of Social Media
- July 2023
Hardy has remained a top star for several decades.
However, his career was rejuvenated in a big way with
the emergence of his break-out "Broken"
character in TNA. The new persona wound up going viral
on social media, thanks to wrestling fans. As a result
of leveraging social media to his benefit, Hardy has
a pretty solid grasp on the pros and cons of its usage,
which he shared during a recent appearance on "Busted
have said this for a long time. Social media is the
best thing ever to happen and social media is the
worst thing to ever happen," Hardy explained.
"When you are on social media, it gives guys
that are hungry and driven a great platform to promote
themselves, to promote their business, to promote
their projects whatever it may be. But it also
allows people to come on social media without accountability
and without responsibility. And they can insult people
and troll people."
recently encountered some toxicity at the hands of
Jim Cornette and his fans on social media, but Hardy
does his best to not let it affect him.. "Just
because there are a group of people that may follow
someone who is an antiquated relic in terms of his
opinions if they came at me and insult me that
doesn't bother me at all," said Hardy. "Matter
of fact, it is kind of like a badge of honor because
I am picking up attention in some capacity".
Hardy has realized the best response is not to waste
energy arguing or trying to change opinions.
also recognizes social media isn't going anywhere,
and he pushed that to thrive in society you needed
to embrace technology and adapt to societal changes.
"Social media is a magical thing. It is a monster.
It is so powerful," said Hardy. "I just
hope people try hard to be very responsible and use
it for good."
Championship To Host Four U.S. Events In 2024
Championship, the worlds largest martial arts
organization, today announced that the promotion will
host four events in the United States in 2024.
off a successful U.S. debut in May at 1stBank Center
in Colorado with ONE Fight Night 10, ONE will look
to carry its momentum into 2024 with a recurring cadence
of ONE Fight Night events in America, which will air
live on Prime Video in the U.S. and Canada. Cities,
venues, and ticketing information will be announced
at a later date.
Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship,
stated: I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship
is coming back to the U.S. with four massive events
in 2024. When we made our historic U.S. debut with
ONE Fight Night 10 on Prime Video, I was blown away
by the support we received from our fans in the U.S.
ONE is home to the greatest martial artists in the
world, and Im excited to once again showcase
our World Champions on American soil. To our fans
that havent seen a live ONE event, I promise
you an experience unlike anything youve ever
Fight Night 10 featured Demetrious Mighty Mouse
Johnson defending the ONE Flyweight World Title, the
return of Super Sage Northcutt, the U.S.
debuts of Thai superstars Rodtang Jitmuangnon and
Stamp Fairtex, and more. Milestones for the event
Sold out 1stBank Center in Colorado
Most watched event to date for ONE on Prime Video
A new peak on Google Trends for ONE Championship
in the U.S.
#ONEFightNight10 trended #1 on Twitter in the U.S.
and Canada for Sports
Video Partnership: Merch on Demand QR codes for ONE
apparel, in-stadium Twitch Watch Parties featuring
ONE athletes, live coverage throughout fight week
Front VIP, the exclusive U.S. VIP experience partner
of ONE, will continue to provide fans with unrivaled
access through immersive VIP experiences that include
premier seating, premium hospitality offerings, athlete
meet-and-greets, event collectibles, after-party access,
quotas decision would ease Hollywood strike headache:
studio boss - July 16, 2023
film and television sector will avoid major disruption
as a result of union strikes in Hollywood, although
the Albanese government is being urged to finalise
its decision over proposed local content quotas to
ease uncertainty in the industry.
chief executive of Nine Entertainment Hugh Marks
who last year founded Australian studio Dreamchaser
alongside former Endemol Shine boss Carl Fennessy
said the writer and actor strike had added
a layer of complexity to the Australian industry.
announcing in January it would implement local content
requirements for international streaming services,
the government is yet to set a number for the quota.
A spokesperson for Tony Burke, minister for the arts
and for workplace and employment relations, reaffirmed
a decision would be made this side of the new year,
ahead of its implementation in July 2024.
said the local offices of the likes of Netflix, Disney
and Apple will be affected by the strikes, with Australian
content pitches increasingly being angled towards
a global audience.
strikes have coincided with a period where streamers
have shifted gears from a gold rush of global
domination, Marks says, to being forced to figure
out how to monetise their vast audiences.
including Netflix, Disney+ and Binge locally, have
turned to advertising as a contributing solution.
A clear direction from the government, he says, would
ease the headache over decision-making on domestic
one thing that would really be beneficial now would
be the release of the new proposed laws about quotas
in this market because that would certainly give everyone
some focus as to at least whats got to be done
domestically, Marks says.
certainly encouraging the government to act sooner
rather than later to remove that unnecessary lack
of certainty from the local market.
a positive for the local industry, a statement on
Friday from Screen Producers Australia (SPA) noted
the strike does not apply to non-scripted productions,
including documentaries, light entertainment and reality
shows the latter of which is widely noted to
be a beneficiary of the writers strike in 2007.
said it anticipated a limited number of non-Australian
productions will be affected by the strikes locally.
The body said all scripted local productions produced
and controlled by Australian production companies
that have engaged Australian and Imported SAG members
will continue unaffected, provided they engage all
cast under Australian Industry Contracts in accordance
with the Global Rule One Agreement between SAG-AFTRA
and the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA).
it has been suggested prolonged strikes in the US
could see an additional influx of Australian-produced
content, Marks believes it is too early in the process
to think that might be the outcome.
countrys biggest streaming services are required
under legislation introduced by the Morrison government
to report their spending on Australian content to
the authority. The big five Netflix, Stan,
Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Paramount+
reported that in 2021-22 they collectively spent $668.5
million on Australian and Australian-related
month, NBC Universal walked away from its $180 million
sci-fi series, Metropolis, which had pre-production
under way at Docklands Studios in Melbourne. After
the actors union voted to strike last week, the Sam
Neill/Annette Bening drama Apples Never Fall, halted
on Friday. Production was already under way in Queensland,
budgeted at an estimated $79 million.
Universal signed a content deal with Foxtel in November,
with an extended deal with Warner Bros. Discovery,
owner of the highly regarded network HBO, in February.
streaming service Binge has relied heavily on content
from HBO for its sustained growth since launching
in 2020, with popular shows such as White Lotus, Succession,
and The Last of Us. Binge was responsible for 11.9
per cent of all new Streaming Video on Demand subscriptions
in the first quarter of this year, according to data
from Kantar, with 18 per cent of all of its new user
acquisitions driven by The Last of Us, its blockbuster
nine-part series that debuted in January.
players including Foxtel and Stan (owned by Nine)
were approached for comment on the impact of their
of the streamers largest subscription drivers
in 2022, House of the Dragon, will continue filming
in the UK, due to the show being largely comprised
of British actors with contracts governed by the local
which owns Network Ten and streaming service Paramount+,
is understood to not be affected by the strikes. While
it benefits from a constant stream of content from
Paramount Studios, the local arm of the company has
focused its efforts on Australian-produced content,
which includes shows such as The Last King of the
Cross, Five Bedrooms, and the recently green-lit series
NCIS: Sydney, being produced locally by Endemol Shine.
Producers Australia wants a 20 per cent levy on the
streamers Australian revenue, while the streamers
insist they are spending plenty already, with local
TV networks in agreement.
May, a submission by industry body Free TV, which
represents Nine, Seven West Media and Network Ten,
said it opposed the introduction of quotas for local
productions, arguing the screen production industry
in Australia is already booming.
TV doubled down this week, calling for a balanced
approach to the introduction of streaming quotas.
In response to comments by Bryan Brown AM in an address
to the National Press Club, Bridget Fair, CEO of Free
TV Australia said the group invests $1.5 billion every
year in Australian content.
if the Government is going to impose content quotas
on streaming services, it needs to carefully consider
the impact this will have on the Australian public
who rely on free services from our local broadcasters,
tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes splits from wife
- 22nd July 2023
Australian tech billionaire worth $19 billion has
reportedly split from his wife after 13 years of marriage.
tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has reportedly
split from his wife after 13 years of marriage.
close to the family of Mr Cannon-Brookes, who is Australias
sixth-richest person and the co-founder of Atlassian,
have confirmed he is separating from his wife, Annie,
according to Nine newspapers.
couple married in 2010.
separation comes just a week after the high-profile
split of Australias richest couple, Twiggy and
Forrests, who had been married for 31 years, said
they were living apart but insisted the separation
will not impact their mining and philanthropy empire.
Cannon-Brookes made his estimated $19 billion fortune
alongside fellow Aussie billionaire Scott Farquhar,
with whom he co-founded software firm Atlassian in
company is widely considered a great Australian success
story, its share price having quintupled since it
was listed on the US stock exchange in 2015.
has, however, suffered a tough 12 months amid broader
turmoil in the tech sector. In March, the company
laid off 500 workers just a few months after a dramatic
a self-described no bulls**t note to staff,
Mr Cannon-Brookes and Mr Farquhar said it was a very
hard day in our 20 year history and they were
deeply sorry to make the job cuts.
be clear, this decision is not a reflection of Atlassians
own financial performance, as we will be reinvesting
in roles that better support our priorities,
Cannon-Brookes family owns an impressive property
portfolio, including the 1.1-hectare Fairwater estate,
previously the home of the late Lady Mary Fairfax,
which they acquired in 2018 for a reported $100 million.
It was believed to be the priciest property sale in
June, the couple forked out $14.25 million to buy
a home in Newport, on Sydneys northern beaches,
neighbouring the $24.5 million estate they purchased
five-bedroom home is set on a 3000-square-metre block
of land and features a 1000-square-metre netted bathing
who was previously a fashion designer, was born in
believed he and Annie met at a Qantas lounge during
a trip between Sydney and San Francisco.
Endeavour calls on states to work together on gambling
Group boss Steve Donohue has urged state and territory
governments to work more closely together when considering
policies to fight problem gambling, as the hotels
operator promises to get a jump on implementing gaming
reforms unveiled in Victoria this week.
said on Thursday that Endeavour, one of the largest
operators of poker machines in the country, has written
to state governments calling for a more co-ordinated
and collaborative approach and to make sure
that knowledge is shared across all states on proposals
such as cashless gaming and facial recognition technology.
said there was room for the states to share more insights
with each other about the impact and efficacy of different
we are saying is we think there is an opportunity
for deeper collaboration and more co-ordination in
relation to various approaches, suggestions and ideas,
can learn from the experiences that each state and
territory is having.
spokesperson for New South Wales Gaming and Racing
Minister David Harris said the state was committed
to working with all stakeholders to deliver evidence-based
will be paying very close attention to the activities
of other jurisdictions, such as the Victorian government
and the evidence they unearth through the work of
their implementation working group, they said.
this week the minister met with the ACT minister for
gaming to continue collaboration and discussion on
gambling reform across jurisdictions.
told shareholders on Thursday that the company would
move swiftly to implement changes after the Victorian
government unveiled proposed reforms to gaming machine
regulations on Sunday.
states plan for reducing gambling harm includes
slower spin times for games, mandatory closing periods
for gaming room floors, mandatory pre-commitment limits
and a load-up limit of $100, which will cap how much
an individual can put in a machine at a time.
confirmed it would adjust the hours of gaming machine
areas at its ALH Hotels in Victoria, so they close
between 4am and 10am by August 31; 10 months ahead
of the governments proposed timeline.
would bring Victorias rules in line with operating-hours
regulations in NSW and South Australia.
company also confirmed it supported the $100 load-up
limit and would bring this into operation for Victorian
machines as soon as is practicable.
in the business closed 9.9 per cent weaker on Monday
as investors and analysts considered what impact the
reforms would have on the groups earnings.
Sachs analysts said on Monday that the exact impact
would be difficult to estimate, but said it could
lower earnings by 0.5 per cent to 1.8 per cent during
the 2024 financial year.
Financial analyst Philip Kimber said policies such
as the $100 load-up limit were likely to have a smaller
impact on Endeavours financials than the Victorian
governments policy on pre-commitment limits.
is no change to our view that the Victorian government
proposal with the potential to have the most material
impact on electronic gaming machine spend in Endeavours
Victorian pubs is mandatory pre-commitment limits
[via carded play], he said in a note to clients
shares opened stronger but did not maintain momentum
during Thursdays session as the broader market
stayed flat. The stock was up 0.3 per cent to $5.91
in late afternoon trade, but still down by 5.6 per
cent over the past five days.
Media Man commentary for David Rowe Illustrations
as per The Australian Financial Review
Dan Thon Games For Four. Great art.
Pentathlon. No nothing. Gang of four. Gonzo and satire
+. Commentary open to interpretation, as per pro wrestling
legend John Cena's Instagram. Beauty of otherwise
in the eye of the beholder. Alternative commentary:
Sports biz blessing in disuise and doddged a bullet
from the range.
Media Man commentary for Mike Mooneyham feature on
'The Bloodline' and wrestling factions news in the
But, hopefully it becomes the "new normal"
for the WWE version of pro wrestling. The Judgement
Day faction also looks very promising to me with Dirty
Dom as a heat seeking "killer heel" element,
while going after all of the belts. Tony D gets seen
on today's WWE SmackDown backstage and he's got "mob"
and family business history with Escobar, so LWO also
gets a shot in the arm. So much better than 3 to 5
years ago. The Triple H era with apparent assistance
by Shawn Michaels and a few others who listened to
fans of pro wrestling. Paul Heyman fingerprints over
the "crime scenes" for the past 56 months
or so. And WWE business is at historic levels. Feel
welcome to quote me.
Man commentary for recent scribes in Search Engine
Journal - 2023
Kristi on the latest on the Hollywood writers strike
connection with AI, human writers and the like..To
paraphrase the world's leading tech entrepreneur/innovator,
Elon Musk, "Once you summon the beast (of AI)
there's no turning back". For me, founding and
overseeing a modest size independent media and online
publishing firm.Insew both opportunity and threats
with AI. More threats at this stage of the game..
Circa 1980 pro wrestling legend, "The American
Dream" Dusty Rhodes cut a promo which was decades
ahead of its time and included the verse, "A
computer took my job Daddy"..and "that's
hard times". Well, we may not be quiet at that
point but social is inching closer. We are somewhat
reluctantly starting to embrace some A.I elements.
Twitter Spaces broadcast raised interesting points
on AI in business and life over the past week. The
part about "summoning the demon" is still
giving me mild nightmares. AI can certainly save publishers
and the like a considerable amount of money? How?
By reducing if not elimination of human writers, web-coders
and so on. Ying and yang. AI wins and a human loses.
But, humans are still in control right?! This is getting
me even more fired up for the potential match: Musk
vs Zuck! Man vs Machine!
Man commentary for Search Engine Journal: Supercharge
your Alt text SEO strategy
- Alt Text AI.. motivated to work on an AI project
to help get the best parts of the subject and have
AI write one of these AI articles for us. Open AI,
xAI, Bard and/or other! AI tender wars could be a
potential growing trend. Save time and save money
by not having to pay a human to do a job an AI robot
machine can do! "Never pay a human to do a machines
job". (Agent Smith -;The Matrix). In AI and SEJ
we trust. Man over machine or Machine vs Human? Can
they both co-exist in the AI SEO space or will a battle
be looming or more a Darwinism for the AI writer and
scribe. An AI writer will work for nothing and around
the clock 365 right? Little wonder the article was
done or largely done by AI. A growing trend, or a
one-off? All the news that's fit to print on SEO.
AI SEO all the way to the bank.
reveals jaw-dropping result after password sharing
streaming giant has unveiled the results of its controversial
password-sharing crackdown and theyre
has revealed that subscriptions to their streaming
service climbed by nearly six million in the wake
of its crackdown on password sharing.
streaming giant finished the recently ended quarter
with a total of 238 million subscribers and a profit
of $US1.5 billion ($1.77 billion), according to an
pick-up in subscribers came as a potentially crippling
writers and actors strike hits the US entertainment
industry, but with analysts saying Netflix is better
positioned than its rivals to weather the storm.
are constantly at the table negotiating with everyone
across the industry, Netflix co-chief executive
Ted Sarandos said during an earnings presentation.
need to get to this strike to a conclusion so that
we can all move forward.
came in lower than expectations with Netflix posting
$US8.2 billion ($12 billion) in sales over the April
to June period, pushing the companys shares
down more than eight per cent in after hours trading
on Wall Street.
in May expanded its crackdown on users sharing passwords
with people beyond their immediate family as it seeks
to shore up revenue after a rough patch last year.
this year the company complained that more than 100
million households were sharing accounts at the service.
face it, the crackdown on passwords is working,
Navellier and Associates chief investment officer
Louis Navellier said of Netflix.
was ecstatic with the results; I think they hit the
ball out of the park with subscriber growth.
In its earning statement, the company said that the
policy would expand to all its markets worldwide.
convert non-paying users, Netflix has introduced borrower
or shared accounts, in which subscribers
can add extra viewers for a higher price or transfer
viewing profiles to new accounts.
launched an ad-subsidised offering around the same
time as the crackdown, and on Wednesday eliminated
its lowest priced ad-free plan that cost $10 a month
in the US.
decision to cut its basic tier is an effort to bolster
advertising by elevating the price difference between
its advertising and non-advertising tiers, said
Insider Intelligence principal analyst Ross Benes.
an ads business from scratch isnt easy and we
have lots of hard work ahead, but were confident
that over time we can develop advertising into a multi-billion
dollar incremental revenue stream, Netflix said
in the letter to shareholders.
estimates that Netflix will generate $US770 million
($1.13 billion) in advertising revenue in the US this
year, and more than US$1 billion by 2024.
increased focus on password sharing will occur alongside
heightened pressure to expand ad revenue, Benes
the services subscriber base plateaus in more
countries, Netflix will focus on moving price-sensitive
freeloaders to its cheaper ad-supported plan.
earnings report came as Netflix and other film and
television makers see productions halted by an actors
and writers strike in the United States.
share price is down a bit after market; there is worry
they will run out of content because of the Hollywood
strike, Navellier told AFP.
Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) members joined writers who
have been on strike for weeks, triggering the first
industry-wide walkout for 63 years and effectively
shutting down Hollywood.
experts say that Netflix is best positioned to weather
the strike compared to competitors, but it could start
to feel pressure if its content pipeline gets increasingly
strained, said Third Bridge analyst Jamie Lumley.
said on an earnings call in April that the company
has a pretty robust slate of releases
and a large base of upcoming films and shows from
around the world to help it endure a strike.
company touted the success of fresh Murder Mystery
and Extraction films, as well as series such as Bridgerton,
The Witcher and Never Have I Ever.
year well have more returning seasons than any
other streamer, Netflix told shareholders, sharing
a list that included The Crown and Virgin River.
scraps huge comeback movie for beloved 80s franchise
- July 2023
has scrapped a huge comeback movie for a beloved 80s
series, despite already spending more than $44m developing
has scrapped a huge comeback movie for a beloved 80s
spending more than $44m on the project, it seems the
upcoming film has officially been given the axe by
the streaming giant.
Masters of the Universe based on the He-Man
and other Mattel toys has been in the works
at Netflix since 2019.
streaming giant already released an animated series,
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in 2021, and
two other shows were also in development.
according to Variety, despite the extortionate amount
of money spent on development costs, the project has
news reportedly comes after budget concerns
project previously had a tough time trying to find
its way to the big screen as it went through both
Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures.
writers have been involved in the project since 2007,
as well as acclaimed directors Jon M. Chu and McG.
names were attached to the film including The Lost
City directors Adam and Aaron Nee and lead actor Kyle
Allen, 28, who is best known for roles in West Side
Story and American Horror Story.
pre-production procedures took place even though producers
worked to get the budget down.
reportedly rejected a $180 million budget as it never
officially gave the project the green light.
the film is no longer at Netflix, Mattel is reportedly
looking for a new home for the film.
of the company Ynon Kreiz recently told The New Yorker:
Its hundreds of pages of characters and
sorcerers and vehicles and weaponry you name
then you flip through the pages, and heres a
movie, and heres a movie, and heres a
TV show. . . . its endless!
film is based off a toy line franchise of the same
name, which was also a hit cartoon series that aired
from 1983 to 1985 and consisted of 65 episodes.
series was so successful that it spawned a spin-off
series, She-Ra: Princess of Power, following the adventures
of He-Mans sister, Princess Adora.
live action movie version was released in 1987 which
starred the likes of Dolph Lundgren, Courteney Cox
and Frank Langella.
Live, starring Roddy Piper, returning To U.S
theaters For 35th Anniversary
Carpenters classic They Live, starring WWE star
Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster, came out
in 1988. The film is based on Eight OClock
in the Morning by Ray Nelson. As AMC Theatres
summarized, They Live centers around aliens
who are gaining control of the earth by masquerading
as humans and the one man determined to stop them.
This special anniversary event will feature an exclusive
intro from director John Carpenter. To commemorate
the movies thirty-fifth anniversary, it is returning
to theaters on September 3 and 6 through Fathom Events.
The special edition will include an exclusive intro
and other social media giants blocking news in Canada
- July 2023
Instagram users in Canada are finding their access
to news accounts restricted as Meta and other social
media companies prepare for the countrys Online
News Act to come into effect. Meta, the company that
owns Instagram and Facebook, says it underwent testing
in June to limit some users and publishers from viewing
or sharing news content in Canada. It says tests impact
up to five per cent of Canadian users. Many have questions
about the federal governments Online News Act,
why its being opposed by social media companies
and how the friction between the two will impact Canadian
users. Here are some of your questions, answered.
is the Online News Act?
Online News Act, or Bill C-18, is a piece of Canadian
legislation that requires tech companies like Google
and Meta to compensate news outlets for sharing links
to their pages. The law received royal assent on June
22 and is slated to take effect no later than
180 days after that date.
are the concerns for social media companies?
including Meta and Google, say Bill C-18 is unfair,
unworkable and amounts to a tax on links, with no
recognition of the traffic or free marketing
the tech companies provide to news publishers. Along
with blocking access to some users, Meta has begun
an ad campaign on its Facebook and Instagram platforms,
criticizing the law and explaining its decision to
remove news links.
Online News Act is based on the incorrect premise
that social media companies benefit unfairly from
news content shared on our platforms, but the reverse
is true, said Lisa Laventure, spokesperson for
Meta, in a statement Monday. News outlets voluntarily
share content on social media to expand their audiences
and help their bottom line. Unfortunately, the only
way we can reasonably comply with this legislation
is to end news availability for people in Canada in
the coming weeks.
this what the bills proponents wanted?
Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez called Metas
move disappointing and said Canadians
will not be intimidated by these tactics. Meanwhile,
Paul Deegan, the head of News Media Canada, called
Metas move a kick in the shins to
Canadians at a time when the value and need for credible
information has never been greater.
decision to unfriend Canada by denying
access to trusted sources of news for some of their
users, as wildfires burn and when public safety is
at stake, is irresponsible and tone deaf, Deegan
told CBC News in an email. This hard-nose lobbying
tactic is more evidence of the power imbalance that
exists between dominant platforms and publishers.
this happen to all of us soon?
order to comply with the law, both Google and Meta
have stated they would remove news links in Canada
before the law comes into effect by the end of the
year. Rodriguez has said Google and Meta do not have
obligations under the law because the regulatory process
is just beginning.
deeply convinced that Googles and Facebooks
concerns can be resolved through the regulatory process.
If Facebook truly believes that news has no value,
they can say so at the negotiating table, Rodriguez
said in a statement on Monday. Threats to pull
news instead of complying with the laws in our country
only highlight the power that platforms hold over
news organizations, both big and small. Google
has said it will work with the government throughout
the regulatory process, while Meta believes the process
isnt equipped to make changes to parts of the
legislation with which it disagrees.
is CBC doing about this?
media and broadcasters have praised the bill, which
promises to enhance fairness in the digital
news marketplace and help bring in more money for
shrinking newsrooms. Tech giants including Meta and
Google have been blamed in the past for disrupting
and dominating the advertising industry, eclipsing
smaller, traditional players. CBC/Radio-Canadas
corporate position is that the Online News Act will
help level the playing field and contribute to a healthy
news ecosystem in Canada at a time when 80 per
cent of digital ad revenue goes to Facebook and Google,
said spokesperson Leon Mar. In an editors blog,
CBC News editor-in-chief Brodie Fenlon has suggested
audiences follow the broadcaster on TikTok and other
apps, such as Gem and CBC Listen.
there been pushback?
which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., has taken similar
steps in the past. In 2021, it briefly blocked news
from its platform in Australia after the country passed
legislation that would compel tech companies to pay
publishers for using their news stories. It later
struck deals with Australian publishers. Gregory Taylor,
a communications, media and film professor at the
University of Calgary, pointed to Australia as an
example for why Canadian news publishers should hold
strong on their position.
is really trying to assert itself, but in the end
they cant afford to lose a lot of these markets,
Taylor previously told CBC North. I believe
that we are at the leading edge of getting these companies
to contribute to our democracy by bringing in this
kind of funding model.
is the answer to combat this?
Hermida, a journalism professor at the University
of British Columbia, believes C-18 is a flawed
piece of legislation that doesnt address
greater issues in the news industry, such as the concentration
of private media ownership.
doesnt take into account the record profits
of media conglomerates like Bell and Rogers,
he previously told CBC News. And it doesnt
really do anything to support for more than 140 journalism
startups that have been created in Canada since the
year 2000. In the near term, private messaging
and chat groups may also be alternatives as Metas
Facebook Messenger does not appear to be affected
by the companys plans to block news links.
conclusion, the implementation of Canadas Online
News Act has led to restrictions on news accounts
for some Instagram users in the country. Meta and
other social media companies have undergone testing
to limit the viewing and sharing of news content in
Canada. The Online News Act requires tech companies
to compensate news outlets for sharing links to their
pages. Social media companies like Meta and Google
oppose the law, stating that it is unfair and amounts
to a tax on links. Metas decision to block news
links has been criticized by proponents of the bill,
who argue that it is irresponsible and highlights
the power imbalance between platforms and publishers.
Both Google and Meta have announced plans to remove
news links in Canada before the law comes into effect.
CBC/Radio-Canada supports the Online News Act, believing
it will enhance fairness in the digital news marketplace.
There has been pushback from social media companies,
with Meta previously blocking news in Australia but
later striking deals with publishers. The answer to
combat this issue is still being debated, with some
arguing that the legislation does not address larger
issues in the news industry. In the meantime, private
messaging and chat groups may serve as alternatives
for accessing news content.
5 Movies about writers on Netflix
are a great part of our lives. They make us happy
and sad, inspire us to embark on journeys to unknown
lands, and become our escape when everything seems
to go down. You can find a movie about literally anything
and use it as a tool to get out of a crisis.
is especially relevant for academic writers and their
blocks. The writing industry knows no boundaries,
starting with novel writers who spend years on their
books and finishing with professional essay writers
who can finish a difficult assignment in 8 hours.
SmartWritingService is a great sample of such websites.
get writers blocks from time to time. Just like
batteries, they need to be recharged to continue their
work. Sometimes its the feeling of the worthlessness
of what they do, while other times, its just
youre in a similar situation, let us help you
recharge with the 5 best movies about writers!
5 MOVIES ABOUT WRITERS
will enchant you with interesting stories and help
get your mind off the struggle. Get some popcorn,
a blanket for extra coziness, and lets begin.
is an extraordinary story that comes alive thanks
to an amazing cast. Here you can see legends such
as Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Another treat
is Will Ferrel in an unusual role for him. We all
know the actor for his humor and sarcasm, but in this
movie, hes a completely different, serious,
this movie, you will experience all the stages of
the writing process, a unique interpretation of it,
and the way to make your characters open from new
sides on screen. Its unique, creative, and very
engaging. The movie will leave an impression you wont
be able to shake off for several days. And you wont
youre more into romantic stories, this movie
is a great choice for your rewind time. This is Woody
Allen at his best! The movie shows a story, filled
with romance and comedy, about a promising writer
on a journey to the most loving and loved city of
the world, Paris, with his fiancee.
author, played by the talented Owen Wilson, is filled
with fears, a lot of writers have, no matter the genre,
experience, or era. The movie takes a fantastic twist
when the writer meets a lot of authors he was inspired
by before their famous breakthroughs. Their stories
help him overcome every doubt and fear, coming out
a completely new person and giving himself a chance.
story is enhanced by the beauty of the French capital,
which is just magical.
movie is more of a thriller, for those who like to
be on the edge of their seats, thinking of nothing
more but the plot. Its about deadlines (the
most powerful thriller for a writer anyway) and inspiration
in unexpected places. The main character, played by
Charlotte Rampling, is nearing her deadline that comes
as quickly as an express train. She has a new novel
to present to her publisher, and it should become
as good as her previous successful book, maybe even
goes to the countryside in France and meets a teen
played by Ludivine Sagnier. As teenagers can be, shes
quite rebellious, but the writer, unexpectedly, finds
inspiration and motivation in their interaction that
drives her to make the book much better. The story
is filled with mystery, as well.
name of the movie says everything. Oscar Wilde is
one of the most unique and famous writers in the world.
This story highlights certain parts of his personal
life, where a lot of writers can find similarities
or explanations to some of their questions.
author appreciated beauty in everything, was quite
witty and painfully honest in his works. This movie
can help you gain a new understanding of the world
of writing, personal crisis, and more. Besides, youll
find out a lot of new information about the writer,
which is always interesting.
everyone who loves pretty things, this is an incredibly
beautiful movie. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow and is a
special film in her life. The actress won an Academy
Award for it! This is a drama-comedy about a writer
that everyone around the world knows.
learn about Shakespeare in school, and some continue
to do it due to their major or sheer interest in this
extraordinary person and a talented writer. The movie
is highly entertaining and beautiful, shot in a traditional
British manner. If youre struggling with writers
block, this film is a must-watch!
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