The Enclosure of the Cumann

Originally posted on Cunning Hired Knaves:

The deal struck by the GAA with Sky Sports is causing a lot of consternation, and receiving a lot of media attention. I am not the biggest GAA fan in the parish by any stretch of the imagination. The last time I was at a match was maybe nine or ten years ago. I only went to Armagh matches when they were good. I watch the championship sporadically and have no idea what happens in the national league from year to year. I played football and hurling at school and was very mediocre, lacking variously the drive, the physical prowess or the desire to beat people up that might make a fine player. Normally I don’t say anything about GAA matters because there are millions of people far better informed about them than me, and I would only make an arse of myself if I started discussing team selections and…

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Paddy Power and Pistorious: Where to begin?

Paddy Power's Oscar Pistorius adLast Sunday an advertisement by Paddy Power making light of the current trial of Oscar Pistorious was published in the Sunday Independent as part of an international branding campaign.  Pistorious is on trial for the alleged murder of his partner Reeva Steenpkamp, who Pistorious claims he shot by mistake.

Paddy Power is offering odds on the trial itself as part of its branding campaign.   It’s hard to know where to begin with this advertisement in terms of insensitivity and outright misogyny. It might be useful to point out the links between gambling itself and violence against women and children. A 2010 study into the links between gambling and domestic violence found that…

Problem gambling was associated with increased odds of perpetuation of minor and severe dating violence, while pathological gambling was associated with increased odds of perpetuation of minor and severe dating violence, severe marital violence and severe child abuse.

We could also report to a EU report released today that…

…reveals that one-in-ten women has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15, one-in-20 has been raped, while just over one-in-five has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from either a current or previous partner. Just over one-in-ten women indicated that they have experienced some form of sexual violence by an adult before they were 15,

The Paddy Power advertisement and campaign has faced criticism in the UK and is facing an investigation by the UK advertising watchdog, and has also received some media attention here, and here.  Paddy Power themselves have defended the advertisement in public relations and market terms; that is that the advertisement  is getting the gambling  business attention and for this reason they have no intention of pulling the campaign, whatever about the callous insensitivity being caused.  Paddy Power himself was unapologetic when speaking to the media here:

 It is so high profile which means there is more talk about it and it is being talked about in every pub. People are talking about this. It is top of the agenda. It is in everyone’s face. Everyone is interested and intrigued.

Paddy Power also feigned surprise when the advertisement was linked to domestic violence maintaining it was simply a bet on a high profile court case; a case of  celebrity misogyny, domestic abuse and murder, which by Paddy Powers unique brand of ethics means it is OK.

*Note the UK advertising watchdog has ordered that Paddy Power end the advertising campaign and refund anyone who placed a bet on the trial: report in the Scotsman here

GSOC, Williams, Callinan and Shatter. Hardly Credible

critical media review:

A great piece here from Soundmigration covering some of the recent scandals involving the Gardai, with a wonderful Philip K. Dick quote to start:

Originally posted on Soundmigration:

“Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”  ―Philip K. Dick

Image: Thanks to Eamonn Crudden

Image: Thanks to Eamonn Crudden

Update: 12:53. The paragraph about Garda leaking info to journalists around what was called the “rape tape” by traditional media has been amended following  details from another person involved in the womens media support team at the time.

Update 13:57  Added info on Rabbles  discovery that the Indo has substantially…

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Inside Bias – class representation in the Irish Times

blind_spot2A piece on the Irish Times new podcast series ‘Inside Politics’ on renting and property gives some revealing insights on continued class biases in the newspaper. The section included three guests, a TD from the Labour Party, a speaker from the Residential Landlord’s association and a representative from Mortgage Brokers Ireland (who is also  a landlord). Who’s missing from the picture? You guessed it a tenant.  The framing of rent reforms as unnecessary, counterproductive and politically impossible quickly follows: