Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jonathan Green On The Year My Politics Broke
In a world of global information flow and almost organic interconnection, the influence of traditional ‘government’ may be on the wane. For now, this spreads a sense of disconnection. Distrust. A lack of faith. It may soon resolve into a sense of great opportunity … a way, at last, to make politics and government truly responsive to community sentiment and need. For now, the protracted election campaign of 2013 has pushed these issues to the foreground.
Jonathan Green uses events of the campaign and elsewhere in current Australian politics to examine this time of change we are living through and the ideas nibbling at our traditional political structures. Have we seen the end of ideology? Does truth matter in politics? Do we still have trust in traditional media sources, or do we know better than that now? What do leaders do again?
Jonathan Green has been a working journalist since the late 1970s. This makes him both very old and reasonably experienced. After an early degree-ending flirtation with public radio, the bulk of Jonathan’s career has been spent in newspapers, beginning with a cadetship at the Canberra Times and taking in a small Cook’s tour of Australian dailies: the Melbourne Herald, the Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, the Sunday Age and the Age. In mid-2015 he was appointed as editor of the literary quarterly Meanjin.