An economy is not the same as service provision, social welfare and ensuring quality of life for all. The triple A credit rating of the nation means nothing while people go without essential services. And for now, ‘The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights’ is just lip-service to an idea that isn’…
I blame alcohol for my drinking problem, and blaming alcohol proved the key to my exit from addiction. When I saw clearly that alcohol had created the problem, created the need for itself and then progressively undermined my confidence, health, energy, and capacity for self-disciplined direction, I gathered up all my accumulated insight, put down the damn bottle, and walked away from the herd.
But it’s not like these criticisms haven’t been raised before. What comes to mind is that oft-repeated phrase: “sorry means not doing it again.” It seems #Progress2019 doesn’t have the internal capability to change without outside assistance: the organisation needs professional retraining on issues around accessibility and inclusion from people with lived experience of disability and marginalisation. And without real accessibility and inclusion, “progress” is just an empty buzzword to nowhere.
Will this situation change? No, I suspect not. I fear it reveals an awkward truth, however, that streaming services are just an evolution of radio, and not a replacement for CDs or whatever format of choice that dictated a more proactive listening experience. But radio is not inherently valued; it is “just there” and the reason we do not pay to listen to it is because advertisers pay to invade our attention with their messaging. If we had to pay, I suspect it would have died as a model years ago, as it inherently appeals to the casual listener.
… Spotify — something I don’t think was a coincidence. So I paid up and bought some of the releases. That’s when an old, familiar truth circled back on me: paying for music made me listen to it more. As I’d had to part with my hard-earned to get it, I was playing it over and over.