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On being feral

By johnboy 12 April 2012 40

A slightly bizarre thing happened yesterday afternoon on ABC local radio. I was doing keynote speakers segment when the subject turned to the vexed issue of Legislative Assembly Timesheets.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Ted Quinlan, not known for being a huge fan of RiotACT and its works, was gracious enough to acknowledge that he’d only had the benefit of reading the Mcleod report thanks to us posting it.

This prompted someone to contact the station, and the producer to flash it to the presenter Genevieve Jacobs who then read it out on air, that Ted Quinlan was in danger for even having cast his eye upon RiotACT, because we are just a blog and a feral one at that engaged in feral attacks.

I wish I had the exact words.

I played it with a reasonably straight, if condescending, bat at the time. But given the benefit of the internet ,when it comes to giving considered responses, here’s what I wish I’d said.

Now let’s leave aside the use of the word feral to apply to other human beings with all its overtones of racism and xenophobia.

Due to being the only outlet that actually let our readers see the full text of the report being discussed, to the point where a party grandee only saw it thanks to performing that service we’re being multiply abused as feral on the ABC?

Not the Speaker’s office, not the Canberra Liberals, not the Canberra Times, nor the ABC.

Rather than selective reporting (or misreporting as seemed to be the case in one significant instance) we provided the full story in the words of the former Commonwealth Ombudsman who wrote them.

And we that gets us slagged as feral?

Well go right ahead, call me feral. On that standard I’ll wear it any time.

What’s Your opinion?


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LSWCHP 11:34 pm 13 Apr 12

Grail said :

50% of the population are below median intelligence not average intelligence. The median is not the mean except in specific distributions (those such as “bell” or “normal” curves that are symmetric about the median being one example).

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Yeah, I know all that. My mate who first made this observation to me has a PhD in maths and stats, and he knows it too. But it just doesn’t sound as punchy to talk about medians, and the message is still pretty much the same.

Clown Killer 11:00 pm 13 Apr 12

M0les said :

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”

Change the masthead to include the word “Feral”, I say.

+ eleventy billion

M0les 9:40 pm 13 Apr 12

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”

Change the masthead to include the word “Feral”, I say.

rosscoact 1:01 pm 13 Apr 12

However, 50% of people have above average dickheadness

Thumper said :

LSWCHP said :

Thumper said :

Ms Thumper, who recently studied some pyschology, has a theory that 20% of the population are complete and utter d***heads.

Make of it what you want but I reckon she’s wrong. It’s higher than that.

50% of the worlds population is of below average intelligence. Seriously. This simple observation explains almost everything about how the world works.

For example, around half the cars on the road at any time are being driven by people of below average intelligence. This explains why you see so many people driving stupidly. It’s because they’re stupid.

Similarly, comments about the feral nature of this site almost certainly come from those in the bottom 50%.

JB, please carry on.

However, d***headness and intelligence are completely different things.

astrojax 12:40 pm 13 Apr 12

Grail said :

50% of the population are below median intelligence not average intelligence. The median is not the mean except in specific distributions (those such as “bell” or “normal” curves that are symmetric about the median being one example).

And Johnboy just found out why old media has the delay between news reception and news publication: there are many better ways to say something that only occur to us a few hours after we’ve said it.

well, even that is not necessarily true. imagine we have ten people, six of whom share the intelligence level of, say, 100 points. two have intelligences of 105 and two have 95. the ‘average’ (and ‘median’) here is 100, 60% of whom share this, yet not affecting the average or median.

but to take jb’s op comments at face value: you’re a feral.

there, you asked me to call you that. but you’re our feral, and that makes all the difference. 🙂

housebound 11:53 am 13 Apr 12

A feral animal is something that has once domesticated that has gone wild and grown to the point where it is a nuisance to the sheep or other domestic livestock/crops (or valued native environments).

Feral media – a media outlet that was once captive to mainstream media industries, but has escaped and is now running wild.

Grail 11:24 am 13 Apr 12

50% of the population are below median intelligence not average intelligence. The median is not the mean except in specific distributions (those such as “bell” or “normal” curves that are symmetric about the median being one example).

And Johnboy just found out why old media has the delay between news reception and news publication: there are many better ways to say something that only occur to us a few hours after we’ve said it.

rosscoact 10:41 am 13 Apr 12

However, 50% of people have above average d***headness

Thumper said :

LSWCHP said :

Thumper said :

Ms Thumper, who recently studied some pyschology, has a theory that 20% of the population are complete and utter d***heads.

Make of it what you want but I reckon she’s wrong. It’s higher than that.

50% of the worlds population is of below average intelligence. Seriously. This simple observation explains almost everything about how the world works.

For example, around half the cars on the road at any time are being driven by people of below average intelligence. This explains why you see so many people driving stupidly. It’s because they’re stupid.

Similarly, comments about the feral nature of this site almost certainly come from those in the bottom 50%.

JB, please carry on.

However, d***headness and intelligence are completely different things.

Erg0 10:07 am 13 Apr 12

Anyone who thinks this place is feral should take a look at the Tele’s comments section sometime.

Or just spend 30 seconds on 4chan.

LSWCHP 10:03 pm 12 Apr 12

Thumper said :

LSWCHP said :

Thumper said :

Ms Thumper, who recently studied some pyschology, has a theory that 20% of the population are complete and utter d***heads.

Make of it what you want but I reckon she’s wrong. It’s higher than that.

50% of the worlds population is of below average intelligence. Seriously. This simple observation explains almost everything about how the world works.

For example, around half the cars on the road at any time are being driven by people of below average intelligence. This explains why you see so many people driving stupidly. It’s because they’re stupid.

Similarly, comments about the feral nature of this site almost certainly come from those in the bottom 50%.

JB, please carry on.

However, dickheadness and intelligence are completely different things.

True. I’ve known some terrific people who aren’t too bright, and I’ve known some geniuses (yes, actual geniuses) who I wouldn’t pee on if they were on fire. Overall though, I’m still prepared to support the proposition that there’s a pretty good correlation between intelligence and niceness. Or to put it another way, if you see someone being a dickhead there’s a pretty good chance that they’re also stupid.

I really doubt that there’s a lot of Fields Medallists punching on with the cops outside Mooseheads at 2am on Saturday morning.

taninaus 9:42 pm 12 Apr 12

That’s a badge of pride JB – the fact is RA can’t be controlled by the corporate monopoly and as long as you encourage the right to free speech from the rest of us here then the content is more than just one editors/producers point of view. This is community input at it’s best – I am happy to join the feral ranks if that is what others deem us to be!

Thumper 7:39 pm 12 Apr 12

LSWCHP said :

Thumper said :

Ms Thumper, who recently studied some pyschology, has a theory that 20% of the population are complete and utter d***heads.

Make of it what you want but I reckon she’s wrong. It’s higher than that.

50% of the worlds population is of below average intelligence. Seriously. This simple observation explains almost everything about how the world works.

For example, around half the cars on the road at any time are being driven by people of below average intelligence. This explains why you see so many people driving stupidly. It’s because they’re stupid.

Similarly, comments about the feral nature of this site almost certainly come from those in the bottom 50%.

JB, please carry on.

However, dickheadness and intelligence are completely different things.

LSWCHP 7:25 pm 12 Apr 12

Thumper said :

Ms Thumper, who recently studied some pyschology, has a theory that 20% of the population are complete and utter d***heads.

Make of it what you want but I reckon she’s wrong. It’s higher than that.

50% of the worlds population is of below average intelligence. Seriously. This simple observation explains almost everything about how the world works.

For example, around half the cars on the road at any time are being driven by people of below average intelligence. This explains why you see so many people driving stupidly. It’s because they’re stupid.

Similarly, comments about the feral nature of this site almost certainly come from those in the bottom 50%.

JB, please carry on.

nobody 6:52 pm 12 Apr 12

A feral organism is one that has changed from being domesticated to being wild or untamed.

Congratulations to all involved with The RiotACT for moving away from the domesticated press.

I-filed 6:37 pm 12 Apr 12

Keep posting folks! Then maybe JB – in fearful symmetry – might award Riotact the (feralness personified) Mully …

Thumper 6:26 pm 12 Apr 12

Ms Thumper, who recently studied some pyschology, has a theory that 20% of the population are complete and utter d***heads.

Make of it what you want but I reckon she’s wrong. It’s higher than that.

poetix 5:57 pm 12 Apr 12

Better ‘feral’ than a clapped out toothless poodle.

Postalgeek 5:45 pm 12 Apr 12

Jivrashia said :

Johnboy, there is a small feral inside you that reels its ugly head every now and then. Otherwise, you do a good job keeping the Canberra community informed.

A bit of cheese, a torch, and a hammer should help you out, JB.

Jivrashia 5:17 pm 12 Apr 12

I’ll see if I can bring to this thread an unbiased observation…

I believe the accusation of this site being feral has little to do with posters. Let’s face it, in this day and age we all know that posts and comments left by readers are to be taken with a pinch of salt and scepticism.

But articles written by the editors of sites, such as this that have built a reputation over the years as a fairly reliable source of news and current affairs around Canberra, have weight and influence over the mass. Because of this there is responsibility to the community that such sites have inadvertently inherited, whether they like it or not.

That is to say, the editors should not publish articles with the same great abandonment with which a lot of posters here do. And most articles here have shown to exercise balanced and impartiality.

Except a few feral ones.

Yes, there have been always a few feral articles of which personal opinion definitely appears to seep through between the lines. The articles themselves are not inaccurate, or assuming, or presumptuous. But the presentation left little doubt as to the inclination of the editor.

So I’ll make this accusation:
Johnboy, there is a small feral inside you that reels its ugly head every now and then. Otherwise, you do a good job keeping the Canberra community informed.

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