Ken Auletta spoke as part of this year’s Auckland Writers Festival – the subject was The Media Revolution, so it was a wide-ranging chat really, touching a bit on music and downloading and the collapse/rebuild of that industry, but mostly around TV and print-journalism platforms and the changes there. And on, via the questions, to surveillance and the evils of this 21st Century digital culture.
And I’m not really sure why I am recapping since I reviewed the event right here and it only happened a few months ago. But I held onto this ticket, like a gig ticket, because I’m now used to doing that. But also I have thought about this talk a lot – Auletta was so good, so smart, so calm and across so many topics.
And the Herald’s editor Shayne Currie seemed woefully out of his depth. Out of touch and under-prepared. Almost embarrassingly. (And I have no axe to grind with Currie, don’t know him – but was just deeply unimpressed by his efforts here). But mostly I think about how good Auletta was. Wise counsel. It was inspiring.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.