Panic

Panic

Terror! Invasion! Disorder! Drugs! Kids! Blacks! Boats!

Book - 2011
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PANIC (NOUN) . A SUDDEN UNCONTROLLABLE FEAR OR ANXIETY, OFTEN CAUSING WILDLY UNTHINKING BEHAVIOUR. AUSTRALIANS SEE THEMSELVES AS A RELAXED AND TOLERANT BUNCH. BUT SCRATCH THE SURFACE AND YOU'LL UNCOVER AN EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL OF FEAR. Cronulla. Henson. Hanson. Wik. Haneef. The boats . . . Panic shows all of David Marr's characteristic insight, quick wit and brilliant prose as he cuts through the froth and fury that have kept Australia simmering over the last fifteen years. 'Turning fear into panic is a great political art- knowing how to stack the bonfire, where to find the kindling, when to slosh on a bucket of kero to set the whole thing off with a satisfying roar . . . These are dispatches from the republic of panic, stories of fear and fear-mongering under three prime ministers. Some chart panic on the rise and others pick through the wreckage left behind, but all grew out of my wish to honour the victims of these ugly episodes- the people damaged and a damaged country.' - DAVID MARR
Publisher: Collingwood, Vic. : c2011
ISBN: 9781863955515
Branch Call Number: ANF 994.07 MARR
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 23 cm

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PasqualeDiRago
Sep 18, 2013

David Marr is one journalist that is willing to tell it like it is, without fear or favor. His book "Painc", reveals the rather unsavory tactics used by Opportunistic Politican's Like Howard, Rudd & Abbot, unethical Media players particularly, Murdoch's News Corp, and a conservative Sacred sector, under siege trying to remain relevant. I only wish he would have expanded his expose into the Global Warming debate, but was more than shocked at the main themes in the book. To sum up I think I will quote from the Book and say that the Media's only job is to create and maintain a state of emergency. About what. doesn't matter. The Politicians know this and will use it to their advantage, the proof is always after the event.

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