I am publishing this 60 Minutes synopsis with a great deal of cynicism….
The events of this week involving Charlotte Dawson reached a point nobody should have been subjected to. Everybody is entitled to respect online, and everybody is entitled to opinion online. Balancing these remains a challenge and an on-going process for publishers, whether as individuals on Twitter and Facebook or in wider forums.
I concur that we should behave online as we do in public (it’s why my name is attached to my opinions), but some of the statements to curb online debate are alarmist. Some of the behaviour has been unhelpful.
I also have considerable scepticism about a person asking for privacy and then giving an interview to a broadcaster, preceded by some of the sweeping statements in the following synopsis.
Time and place, people. I believe it’s too soon to put perspective on this. Could this also fuel current flames rather than offer a discussion on a serious topic?
As this has now gravitated from person life to television content, considered and respectful feedback is welcome below…..
On the internet, they’re known as trolls. But let’s name them for what they really are – bullies, plain and simple. These cowards lurk in the shadows of the online world, using false names to spread their messages of hate. Their attacks can be vicious, intensely personal and, with the growth of social media like Twitter and Facebook, dangerous as well. Just days ago, television celebrity Charlotte Dawson was pushed to the very brink by these creeps. She was still shaken when Tara Brown spoke to her but she somehow found the strength to share her story. Her hope is that by speaking out, she can save someone else from the Hell that she only just survived.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stephen Taylor, Hannah Boocock
They’re the newest and most controversial operators on the fertility scene. Private sperm donation websites operate like online dating services, matching up would-be mums with donor dads, for free. Unlike traditional sperm banks, the woman actually gets to meet the potential dad. And he’s encouraged to become involved in his new baby’s life. This is a do-it-yourself method of getting pregnant so it’s light on romance and there are possible health risks. But, as Allison Langdon discovered, it’s also produced lots of little love stories and some very modern families for the mums brave enough to try.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Jo Townsend
Licence to Thrill
His name is Bond. James Bond. And he has to be the coolest chap on the planet. He’s triumphed over scores of unforgettable villains, bedded hundreds of beautiful women and saved the world over and over again. Fifty years have passed since Sean Connery first shrugged on a dinner jacket and ordered his martini shaken, not stirred. And now we’re gearing up for movie number 23. “Skyfall” stars the famously muscle-bound Daniel Craig. And no doubt, it will be another blockbuster for a franchise that’s become one of the most successful in movie history.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producers: Danny Keens, Sandra Cleary
The Great Escape
On Sunday night you will witness one of the most extraordinary acts of survival you’ll ever see. Ken Peters was performing in a show at Sea World in San Diego when a killer whale suddenly turned on him. For the next ten minutes, Ken was locked in a life-and-death struggle with the three-tonne predator. It’s incredible that he kept his composure and made it out of that tank alive. Others haven’t been so lucky.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Stephen Rice
7:30pm Sunday on Nine.