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May 25, 2000
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the age weblog [via wetlog, of course]

it's pretty obvious she's reading MeFi [and memepool] -- but not linking to them.
posted by palegirl (22 comments total)

 
Me, now I like the spelling WebLog. Note the "L". Who started that anyway?
I think it's time I changed names to WetLog.
So, Caroline, do you read MeFi? Do you read the comments? Luv ta hear from ya.
BTW, CC... did you know a guy called Daniel Cutting, who worked as a contractor on the fairfax.com.au website. He's currently travelling Europe.
posted by Neale at 9:39 PM on May 25, 2000


okay, i just want to publically declare that caroline casey [the chick who writes it] is VERY COOL.

that is all. (:
posted by palegirl at 9:40 PM on May 25, 2000


Hey, Caroline went to Rocky!?! Was the the old rocky (ie the Henry days) or the new Rocky (ie the post Tom days)?
For those in the US, there is only one place for Rocky in Australia, and that's in Sydney, Friday nights (about 11:30 I think now). So there's no mistaking this.
posted by Neale at 9:49 PM on May 25, 2000


If you think she's so cool why are you dis-ing her? Lots of people mail her every day with cool sites.
posted by beergirl at 9:49 PM on May 25, 2000


CC: Is this you? How many Caroline Casey's can there be (according to AltaVista, a lot).
posted by Neale at 9:57 PM on May 25, 2000


CC looks hot to me!! grrrr, i love a good webloggin' fox!
posted by chaz at 10:00 PM on May 25, 2000


So journalists are now getting paid to surf weblogs all day? That's outrageous. Why, that would be just as bad as *me*... um... (Yes, well. Carry on.)
posted by rory at 10:10 PM on May 25, 2000


oh no god! Look what you made CC do on her blog!
posted by beergirl at 10:18 PM on May 25, 2000


Worse still, no mention of wetlog! Bugger.
posted by Neale at 10:19 PM on May 25, 2000


I think it's good tho. Cool of CC to indulge in one realm of blogging; deep-seated link sluttery. The power of the collective blog force. Amazing.
Can mainstream media stand up to the pressure?
posted by Neale at 10:24 PM on May 25, 2000


not if they're being paid to surf blogs!
posted by beergirl at 10:27 PM on May 25, 2000


ok, have to defend my name - ace to get a mention on another blog without having to post it under a pseudonym. basically i do read other blogs, sometimes get sites, but my days are spent surfing and trawling the web to write columns about sites for the paper - so come across a lot of stuff that's not really suitable for print. also get heaps of emails about sites from readers, very often these sites have been mentioned in other weblogs - not that surprising really. and yeah i am not really that cool..... and i think anyone would look foxy at 50x50 pixels in green duotone. hope that makes everyone happy.....and er, no i am not a furniture designer on the side...
posted by cc at 10:35 PM on May 25, 2000


cc - thanks for responding. Neale (or cc), could you let us stateside readers know what The Age actually is? Is it a newspaper, news feed, or news outlet? Is it a media empire?
posted by mathowie at 10:53 PM on May 25, 2000


aah, that post sounds so snarky! regret! regret! matt - where's the edit feature?

it's really weird -- i don't think i'm a major linkslut, but i seem to have come out swinging for MeFi -- wtf? it's past my bedtime, i should go to bed.

ignore me! i'm an idiot! i take it back. do-over.
posted by palegirl at 11:11 PM on May 25, 2000


The Age is the melbourne news member of the Fairfax publishing group. The Sydney equivalent is the Sydney Morning Herald. They have left (labour) leanings politically and are owned by the fairfax family. The direct competitors are the Murdochs and the Packers. It's all in the family in Australia.
Both The Age and The SMH are legit newspapers, and the websites came after. The Fairfax empire is far smaller than the Packer empire (Fox, Channel 9).
I knew some people who worked at Fairfax (notorious for hiring contractors, not full-timers), and my company has done work for all three of the media empires.
But none of this answers the all important question:
Was Casey a Rocky regular? And if so, when?
posted by Neale at 11:18 PM on May 25, 2000


Wonder how long it'll be before the Herald-Sun starts 'blogging.
posted by cheaily at 11:34 PM on May 25, 2000


Hey Neale, need to clear up a few things there. Fairfax was a family business but is now shareholder owned, and there is no majority shareholder. The Age was purchased by the Fairfax group in the 80s?? I think, before that it was owned by David Syme and Co.

The paper version of The Age was started about 150 years ago and the Internet version was started in early 95, three months later the SMH (Sydney Morning Herald) went online.

Packer(s) - ie Kerry and James - would probably like to own Fairfax but because of cross-ownership rules they can't.

Packer owns PBL (Publishing and Broadcasting Limited) and his empire includes NineMSN (ecorp), Channel 9, and just about all the Australian magazines. The also have interest in the Crown Casino, mining and telecommunications. Murdoch is a lot bigger with 20th Century Fox (America), Star and Sky television. Also all the other major newspapers (not owned by fairfax) and many regional papers in Australia. He also owns major papers in America and England, and I think he owns a baseball team ... but don't quote me on that :)

I knew Dan Cutting - as I worked with him @ Fairfax - and I'm pretty sure CC doesn't know him personally - but would know of him. Is Fairfax an empire ... probably a small town compared to the family businesses.

PS. I'm writing a thesis on Australian media and their online foray so I know all these boring bits of info :)
posted by db at 11:43 PM on May 25, 2000


You forgot to mention that some people know these venerable Fairfax institutions as 'The Ague' and the 'Sydney Moaning Herald' (ahahahahahahahahaohGod).Sorry, it's already Friday afternoon here - can you tell?
posted by rory at 11:54 PM on May 25, 2000


Yep, Friday afternoon - and reading through my diatribe I've decided I'm not busy enough ... maybe it should be 'The Aged'
posted by db at 11:57 PM on May 25, 2000


cc perhaps anyone could "look foxy at 50x50 pixels in green duotone" but you look foxalicious. you shot to the top of my list in record time. aces all around...
posted by chaz at 2:11 AM on May 26, 2000


Well cc, as they say, toss another shrimp on the barbie or whatever that's supposed to mean.
posted by plinth at 6:03 AM on May 26, 2000


It's prawn actually but I've never actually seen shrimps or prawns at an Australian barbecue. That's despite being a very good idea.
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