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IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, October 08, 2007

Russell Brown sells 'Anti Violence' campaign?


From: Kevin O'Connell

I am not sure that Russell Brown has done much for his credibility by being the first guy lining up earnestly on the family commission's new tv commercials preaching (along with people like radio personality Phil Gifford and half a dozen other ordinary Kiwis) that 'family violence is not ok'

…the target audience is alienated by government and its do-gooder sycophants and agencies. Russell, how much did they pay you and do you really believe the campaign (telling people to tell on their neighbours) is going to work? ( narc'ing up / blair)

Also you are lining up with government's feeble and scientifically invalid 'separate issue' mentality where NZ social problems are all separate and can be alleviated by funding the various community programmes and government agencies and early intervention initiatives. (which co-incidently is good for the economy, but i digress...)

Labour seem to genuinely believe or are at least implying that family violence

If you get my drift: the problems in NZ are intrinsic and the family commission is looking at things 'peicemeal' IE THEY'VE GOT IT WRONG, and the adds cost heaps but aint worth shit.

I guess Russel's 'getting older' and becoming more and more a 'safe pair of hands' for authorised media (eg Radio NZ) to get opinions from. How about focusing on the inequity and alienating factor of NZ's drug laws Russell - you know there's a lot of bullshit and injustice and hypocrisy goin on in this particular area of the kiwi experience. (i know because i've posted your insights to this forum (cclr-public), many a time)

(i do not have Russel's email so if someone can foward this to him...)

Regards
Kevin O'Connell

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  • At 11:56 am, October 09, 2007, Blogger Russell Brown said…

    For goodness sake, Blair. I'm not sure what you're accusing me of, but it doesn't seem to make much sense.

    I didn't design the campaign or write the script; I just appeared in it (and I wasn't paid). I did so after satisfying myself that it was well designed and that it went somewhere -- which it does. There's a lot of printed material associated with it and a reasonable budget for the social agencies, such as Women's Refuge, that are expected to take the referrals generated by the campaign.

    I must say I'm astonished that you can characterise the reporting of family violence as "narcing up" or "do-gooding". You might want to have a think about what you're saying there.

    And your claim that the government, the Families Commission and other agencies allegedly "believe" that there is no connection between family violence and alcohol abuse, for example, is just bizarre.

    Well, that's my response.

     
  • At 5:35 pm, October 20, 2007, Blogger Natalie said…

    Dear Russell,

    I think that you missed their point of arguement.

    The TV Ad commercials are simplistic. Look at the reason WHY there is family violence.

    alcohol, mental instability, lack of money (gambling, drug addiction), stress from police enquiries due to court cases which take so long to process, false accusations, boredon, loss of job, lack of respect in the community (for any reason), lack of help to stop the violence, etc etc.

    So Russell.. what Kevin is really saying is LOOK BEYOND the violence, and LOOK WHY its happening and resolve the laws that inhibit a real solution to the real problems.

     

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