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The University of Otago held a symposium on Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book this afternoon. Nicky Hager will be participating. It began at 1pm – on til 4pm. It has now ended but can be viewed on youtube.
There is now a short break and then the Panel will be discussing poltical aspects of Dirty Politics. Bryce Edwards is now talking Professor Richard Jackson on the panel has just finished talking. Panel discussion, now, answering questions. Now, Professor Paul Roth and Professor Ursula Cheer. Chaired by Andrew Geddis – focus on legal angles. Now, Nicky Hager responds.
The symposium has ended, but the video of it will remain on youtube.
Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book has not only had a big impact on the current New Zealand general election campaign, but also raises many very important questions about the way in which politics, political communication and the legal regulation of such takes place in New Zealand.
This academic symposium brings together various experts in the fields of Media, Politics, and Law to debate and discuss these questions in a scholarly setting. The event will be live-streamed, and hopefully help enable a nationwide discussion. Author Nicky Hager will be part of the debate.
You can watch via the University of Otago YouTube live-stream: http://bit.ly/HagerDebate
To take part in the Twitter discussion during the live-stream, please follow @HagerDebate and use the hashtag of #HagerDebate
I will be very interested to see what they have to say about the latest developments, the injunction proceedings this afternoon, and the impact of the book. I am also interested in how those interested in democracy, and public service media can respond to cleanse politics and the infotainment media of the negative influence of powerful vested interests.
The youtube livestream will be here, from 1pm-4pm.
[Update:] My notes on the opening interview with Nicky Hager
Hager: interviewed by Bryce Edwards.
Hager – book is about why politics is like it is
Central idea is 2 track approach. Influenced by the huge increase of negative politics in US – big aim is to alienate voters – switch them off – this impact learned from US. The big risk is turning voters off the perpetrators of attack politics – hence two track approach.
Manufacturing of image –
Attack side has been invisible because it doesn’t fit narrative of John Key’s image.
How many of those opposed to Key etc have been harassed out of politics in this period – ie those who serve the public interest.
If tools are exposed and is open to discussion people get it and same strategies don’t work again.
Long term fight for more honest and transparent politics.
In NZ politics, battle line is not between left & right, but between those who participate and those who don’t.
Deeply disempowering is if public like a policy, but public debate dumps on it.
Mostly not the media.
It’s about people paying to set up think tanks, who gets chosen to be commentators.
Key issue in Hager’s book: the way blogs could be used as an unmediated domain. Can it be re-regulated?
Panel will look at:
Media production & consumption
Politics and way media has impacted on it
Bryce Edwards is now talking.
My notes on the final response from Hager:
Nicky Hager responds
Wants people to engage with issues raised by book, not just call him names.
Not about left or right, but about standards, accuracy, fairness
It is about ethics.
Things go on because secret, hidden and can be managed.
It’s about choices individuals make.
It’s about resources into media – going down as amount putting into PR increases instead.
Discuss, oppose, then change it.
Thinks Hollow men is more important than Dirty Politics.
Never seen such a high level of feedback than now, because people are fed up with what has happened under Key’s watch. A lot of people are feeling dis-empowered.