Media watch – Friday

24 November 2017


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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  1. duperez

     /  November 24, 2017

    The Herald has got rid of the ‘racist’ shock horror accusations headline from yesterday to be “Backlash over Crusaders’ Ronan O’Gara tweet as appointment makes waves” today.

    Cause for thought though. If “Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!” is racist stereotyping I suppose that means I’ll not be able to do the Fred Dagg toned, supposed Kiwi drawl, “Gidday,how ya goin’?” for fear of being accused of racist stereotyping.

    • PartisanZ

       /  November 24, 2017

      Sad story. I wonder why they picked that one? Such a negative story?

      One personal, anecdotal experience does not a representative cohort make …

      What might her parents have been like if they didn’t have cannabis?
      Stress machines? And all that comes with stress … Other arguably worse substances? Health issues? Early mortality? Violence? Worse neglect? Abuse?

      Here’s a little slice of antidote …

      • Blazer

         /  November 24, 2017

        not very convincing to me.Seem to be there are effects on different people that can be very negative…anxiety,paranoia and schizophrenia are often mentioned.

        • PartisanZ

           /  November 24, 2017

          Not meant to be convincing … unlike the Herald piece … just a “discussion” … hence “the antidote” …?

          You’d have to cite the examples of “often mentioned” to convince me they are often mentioned …

          Like, do you mean, “… makes me a better parent WITHOUT the added stress of being treated like a criminal”? Or “Cannabis enables me to calm my body and mind. When I’m calm, I can be present with my daughter”? Or “Cannabis has saved my life a couple of times when I was feeling so anxious I wanted to peel my skin off”?

            • PartisanZ

               /  November 24, 2017

              Aha … the old “chicken or egg” argument …

              This from the same journal –

            • High Flying Duck

               /  November 24, 2017

              From the article Parti posted – backs up the Herald article…

              “Cannabis use may harm mental health

              A number of studies have suggested that cannabis use can have negative implications for mental health, and from their scientific review, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conclude that this is the case.

              The researchers uncovered “substantial evidence” that cannabis use is “likely to increase the risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses,” and the more the drug is used, the higher the risk.

              The team also found evidence that daily cannabis use may exacerbate symptoms of bipolar disorder for patients with the condition.

              Additionally, “moderate evidence” suggests that frequent users of cannabis may be more likely to report suicidal thoughts and that regular use of the drug could increase the risk of social anxiety disorder. Cannabis use may also pose a “small increased risk” for the development of depressive disorders.”

              The stress relief effects while partaking are wasted if it leads to increased depression and anxiety.

              Of course none of this means it should not be legalised – imagine what an article on alcohol would say – but these issues are being swept under the carpet somewhat in the push for legalisation.

            • PartisanZ

               /  November 24, 2017

              And from Blazer’s article, “However, the findings were not considered definite and experts called for more research”.

              And, immediately below where you finish quoting, “However, the researchers conclude that there is “limited evidence” of a statistical link between cannabis use and the development of bipolar disorder, and there is “no evidence” to either support or refute a statistical link between cannabis use and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder”

              Also, in all the articles cited, a great deal of use of words like “may” and “likely to” …

              If these are scientific studies they’re not presented very scientifically.

            • Fight4NZ

               /  November 24, 2017

              Not sure why they bothered with all the maybes and likelys. Its just a fact combinations of predispositions and overuse will produce the problems listed. Not to my mind sufficient to go draconian on it but few things are without a downside.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  November 24, 2017

    Interesting portion of RNZ’s ‘The Panel’ yesterday about what age is best to start school? Note especially the wise words of “Dr Amanda Mergler, a psychologist and senior lecturer of early education at Queensland University of Technology, who has been studying the issue”, starting at 1.15 of 10.45 mins. She says extraordinary things like school should be “different for different children” and the classroom environment is “unnatural” … (add the playground environment too IMHO) … and praises the example of Finland where kids start school at 7.

    Confirms my personal bias that its probably best not to start school at all, and that no-one who survives our school system with their common sense and creativity intact, let alone integrity, would ever become a teacher … But there you go: That’s confirmation bias for you!

    • PartisanZ

       /  November 24, 2017

      Perhaps someday it won’t be about “male teachers” so much as “complete strangers” of either or any gender teaching your children …?