BY KEITH JACKSON
And, when we do publish material from other sources, it is usually not gleaned from the obvious channels like the PNG daily press or the more popular PNG blogs; we try to go off the beaten track.
We do make exceptions depending on the story, but that regulation stuff is so easy to come by we feel it would be redundant for us to republish it.
And when you look at the list of the top ten commented upon pieces, a league table we produce at the end of each month, in general the articles most commented upon are … you guessed it, pieces written expressly for PNG Attitude.
This month, just in case you missed reading one of these articles the first time, or if you’d like to read it again, we’ve provided a link.
15 comments – The kiap as philosopher, and grump (Phil Fitzpatrick). What are fighting words? To say disapprovingly of ex-kiaps that “one of [their] recurring themes is how the Papua New Guinean people have stuffed up their country since 1975.” Certainly lit the blue touch paper of debate….
15 – Peter O’Neill, you’ve got it wrong on this one (Keith Jackson). Dragging the PNG Supreme Court into the political maelstrom by taking a poke at the Chief Justice was always a lousy idea. Admittedly the PM was overseas but, in these days of instant communication, that’s never an excuse.
14 – RH must dissociate itself from this sleazy campaign (Keith Jackson). A thoroughly despicable anonymous internet campaign against people (mainly women) expressing opposition to some of the practices of the RH company should have been condemned by RH and its subsidiary, The National. It wasn’t.
12 – Neighbours: Changing mindsets on Australia and PNG (Keith Jackson). My meeting with Sam Riordan, Julie Bishop’s adviser on PNG affairs, canvassed many issues and showed the Australian Federal Opposition will take a fresh approach to PNG if elected to office.
11 – If only I knew: A tribute to my beautiful wife (Reg Renagi). This heart-rending tribute to loss and love captured the hearts of many readers, a number of whom offered stories their own experiences of dealing with profound personal tragedy.
10 – Tok Pisin should be taught in our schools (Paul Oates). Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best – and this one was a good one. How better to inculcate an understanding of our nearest neighbour than to teach its lingua franca in schools? Is anyone listening?
9 – Introducing The Review (Keith Jackson). When the PNG Attitude magazine morphed into The Review in early November, it represented more than a name change. The new look publication promoted the role of good, original writing above trying to be a journal of record.
7 – Mama’s bilum (Erick Kowa). It’s rare in the Attitude annals that a poem sparks controversy. This one did, but only because one ungracious reader decided to use it as a platform for a gratuitous swipe at the poet. Erick was mellow in his response; but two or three Australian defenders cut to the chase in forthright Aussie fashion.
7 – What is development? Our source; the sacred land (Martyn Namorong). “There is no honour in not fighting to protect one’s land.” In Melanesia, land is not a mere commodity, it is the core of spirituality and an indivisible part of the soul - “the source of everything,” as Martyn put it.
7 – Now we’re taking PNG literature to the world (Phil Fitzpatrick). An initial foray into raising the Australian consciousness of PNG literature was martialled by Phil in an article for the December issue of Good Reading magazine