Chris Lynch


OPINION: A Council Divorced From Reality?

Friday 25th September, 2015

Who signed the rate payer funded check for half a million dollars to a British artist for two sculptures and why should we care?  Most reasonable and fair minded residents accept we need sports and arts facilities for a city to thrive. Cultural recovery is important, but at what cost?  Before artist elite accuse me of being anti-art, consider this. I love the arts and interviewed many artists and performers on Newstalk ZB, every day during the Christchurch Arts Festival. I was complementary of the locally made documentary The Art of the Recovery which showcased outstanding local artists doing their bit to help the city’s mental health recovery.

OPINION: Is the far left silencing free speech?

Tuesday 15th September, 2015

Does Twitter generate meaningful dialogue on significant national issues or create a nasty echo chamber of hate? Frustrated citizen commentators are flocking to the public platform, but whether Twitter adds value to national conversation is another story.Twitter is becoming the comfort food for the socially awkward, the echo chamber for the politically pissed off, and the psychologically needy. The intense human emotion of reassurance has driven serial tweeters to seek familiarity off like-minded souls.Facebook’s more inclusive. Its platform extends to real life friends and family members, making it a more sincere experience. However, Twitter is a vehicle for the overly-aggrieved and easily offended to share their grievances with other aggrieved. Ongoing research suggests the hard left are psychologically benefiting while politically losing the most.I enjoy the accusation of being a ‘typical talkback host with right-wing views’ particularly from those who claim to have never listened to the show. I’m usually accused of being a Labour lover and right winger within the same hour, which means I’m doing my job. The political climate in Christchurch is too highly charged to align one’s self to a party. National won the Christchurch vote by a landslide, much to the surprise of many on the far left. They were simply too caught up in their own self-importance, indulging in personal achievements of re-tweets generated from their ‘critical analysis’ which is never accompanied by solutions.

OPINION: Strong media presence in Christchurch good for democracy 

Monday 10th August, 2015

There’s never been a more important time in the history of our city for a strong media presence and despite the doom and gloom we occasionally hear from fringe bloggers, Christchurch, compared to the rest of the country, is well catered for.  All media organisations are going through change and the push for ratings to match dollars has never been stronger. Without sounding like an economist describing the housing crisis, media has succumbed to its own  ‘correction’ period, as companies work out the best way to capitalise on social media audiences while considering new business models for journalism.

OPINION: "The age of outrage"

Tuesday 04th August, 2015

We’re living in interesting times where social media outrage has the powerful ability to set the international news agenda for days on end.  The internet has been running hot with outrage over the senseless killing of Cecil the lion.  Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, admitted killing “Zimbabwe's most famous lion” on a hunting trip. Last month, this story dominated international news headlines and condemnation over the killing has been overwhelming and rightfully so. However, should the internet or social media outrage lead the news agenda and has the media provided perspective?  Alex Magaisa, a journalist from Zimbabwe, wrote an interesting opinion piece for Al Jazeera. He said “reading about a famous and much-loved Zimbabwean lion in the international news, I was surprised that I did not know Cecil or that he was famous.” In fact Mr Magaisa had never heard of the lion and conducted a poll with his friends and family.  “None of them knew Cecil, who was supposedly a symbol of Zimbabwe, as one British paper put it.”