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Reader riposte: More on the Oz blogosphere

28 March 2012 16:02

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz, a Policy Analyst and Social Media Coordinator for the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, writes:

I have been following the debate on The Interpreter regarding the lack of an Australian blogosphere and I do tend to agree that this is lacking — especially in comparison to the often informed and heated discussions that go on in the US blogosphere and the Jewish blogosphere, both of which I follow quite closely (although the Australian Jewish blogosphere is currently having an interesting debate about settlements here and here). There are a few reasons that I see for this, including:

  • A tendency amongst Australian bloggers to try and replicate/participate in the same debates as the Americans and therefore not interact with each other on domestic issues.
  • A failure of sites like On Line Opinion, The Drum, The Punch and the National Times to air debates and interact with one-another.
  • Likewise for the few Australian media personalities who actually have widely-read blogs, most of whom see to write for News Ltd tabloids for some reason.
  • But more to the point, we are not a community and may not even be reading each others' work.

This problem can be quite easily solved, however: all we have to do is form an online community and start inter-blog discussions. It could be worth consolidating a list of Australian policy-focused blogs as some form of starting point.