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The power of social media

Mark Fletcher
August 18th, 2019 · 9 Comments

Social media gives everyone a voice. This is one reason why we retailers need to engage with it, to understand this, to leverage it ourselves and to be aware of hour it is used. Here is one example from the latest Alan Jones scandal. He made an appalling comment about the NZ Prime Minister and some on social media called for people to boycott advertisers on his show. Regardless of where you sit on the issue about which Jones spoke, this tweet is democracy in action.


Category: Social responsibility

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim // Aug 18, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Bahaha. Talk about drawing a long bow!!! Remind them that officeworks is owned by Wesfarmers and see how their mining interests sit with their lefty chardonnay socialist ideals?


  • 2 Jason // Aug 18, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    He promoted violence towards the NZ PM, on air, and offered a half apology when it hit the fan. That is not, and never should be ok.

    Nothing yo do with mining…


  • 3 Graeme Day // Aug 19, 2019 at 7:11 AM

    Jason “put a sock in it” is not promoting violence. His comments were in bad taste and hit a nerve with his new owners. Jones is a “Jock shock” and rates the highest of ratings for advertisers. His audience knows what to expect.
    If you want to listen to that “crap” you deserve what you get.
    I perfer my choice of music and leave the the ravers to talk to each other.


  • 4 Mark Fletcher // Aug 19, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    Jason is right Graeme. It is a statement embedded with violence against a woman. It is unacceptable.


  • 5 Leon Tonna // Aug 19, 2019 at 9:04 AM


    The Office of Prime Minister is genderless or at least should be.
    To dox someone you don’t agree with or dislike is not democracy but more like tyranny.
    How about we disagree with people and leave it at that.


  • 6 Mark Fletcher // Aug 19, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Um, Leon, this post is about Alan Jones and his offensive statement about the NZ prime Minister. This statement, and plenty others from him, reflect a gender bias.


  • 7 Leon Tonna // Aug 19, 2019 at 10:47 AM


    Not a real fan of Alan Jones BUT it seems to me that everytime we disagree with someone we term it as either mysogynist, racist, gender bias or any other bias instead of having a conversation. Very weak.


  • 8 Graeme Day // Aug 19, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Referring to her as a Woman to be the reason for the debate instead of Prime Minister would be an affront in itself.
    Women in particualer have risen loudly to accliam recognition of Gender equality more than gender specific reference especially when it comes to position such as CEO or Prime Minister -the ultimate achievement for either Gender.
    mark I didn’t at any time say that Jason was “wrong” I opinionated
    My reference to Jone’s stands. He has his contract intact.He said it. He apologised. He is on notice.
    Who gives a rat’s it’s all on him. Nobody is compelled to listen to him as any of us. Respect though for different statements are for discussion in my opinion not Teacher admonishent to “sit in the Corner naughty boy you are wrong”
    Mark, I haven’t said that Jason was wrong I opinionated that Jones the “shock Jock” is that Comedians have been taking the “piss” for years about everybody from Presidents to Pope’s religion to Politics.
    i think we are far too sensitive in the general arena these days and Whilst individual Gender recognition is wonderful when one wants to be exclusive it is also the biggest cop out with neuter Gender being the norm for those that want change.
    This is today’s society.


  • 9 Graeme Day // Aug 19, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Should -read is similar to that of Comedians who have been taking the etc.


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