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Online and outraged: the people begin to talk back

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Destroying the Joint

Author and commentator Jane Caro talks about the social media campaign targeting Alan Jones - 'Destroying the Joint'. Julia Gillard and ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher reflect on the movement.

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The Canberra Times columnist and academic Jenna Price says ordinary people are finally standing up to media bullies.

Price is one of the founders of the Destroy the Joint Facebook page set up after 2GB's Alan Jones said in August that Australian women in power were ''destroying the joint''.

The Facebook page is credited with helping stir the massive online backlash against Jones after he said last month that Julia Gillard's father had died of shame because of the Prime Minister's lies.

Jones attacked ''cyberbullies'' yesterday who he said were using technology to intimidate advertisers, but Price said Destroy the Joint would have won its campaign against Jones's behaviour when he was enrolled in equity and diversity training and going to class everyday.

''The audience is talking back for the first time in its entire life, and how exciting is that?'' Price said yesterday. ''I don't think they ever believed that we ordinary people, men and women who are teachers and nurses and firefighters and builder's labourers and Liberal party members would say, we've had enough of the way you speak to us, stop it now.''

Price was interviewed by Jones's 2GB stablemate Chris Smith yesterday, and responded to criticism of Destroy the Joint.

It was claimed that the Facebook page bullied frontline staff working for the station's sponsors.

Smith said on air that there had been a ''sustained and threatening campaign, some would say a somewhat hateful campaign against sponsors of the radio station,'' which had seen several staff members at 2GB advertiser's going home in tears.

Station management have now pulled all advertising from Alan Jones's show.

Price said she had encouraged only respectful behaviour from people involved in Destroy the Joint, describing rude or thuggish behaviour as revolting. There had been many polite and constructive comments.

She had approached the interview with trepidation, fearful of vitriolic or hateful attacks.

During the heated exchange, Smith defended Jones, saying he had been publicly supportive of many female politicians.

But Price said the campaign was about women in public life being treated fairly.

''This is about feminism, and this is about putting the idea out there that women need to be treated decently,'' she said.

76 comments

  • So much energy, Jenna Price, directed at destroying a fellow human being, who, as I recall, did apologise. When did an apology become non-acceptable?

    The act of setting up a Facebook site to "get" Alan Jones puts your behaviour on a par with Alan's. Is that what you really wanted to achieve?

    What you are doing is a non-productive, violence-inciting form of journalism. A sad day for the media and all Australians.

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    Lyn B
    Date and time
    October 09, 2012, 7:37AM
    • Oh yes the agology that missed the words "Sorry" and most of which was spoken in the third person. He talked about maning up but he didn't.
      Jones is a raving twit & it is about time he is held to account!

      Commenter
      Donald Campbell
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 7:55AM
    • I see no problem in using non-productive means to battle non-productive and discriminating opinions blurted out in the media as trueisms.

      Also there are many types of apologies. The one that is used to cover up after a truely horrible remark just reminds me too much of the popular "No offence but...." In which most often a large amount of offence is uthered in the disquise of support.

      I say, go Jenna Price! We have that power to let everybody know that we had enough. This is not called cyber bullying but freedom of oppinion and freedom of speech. Let's just use it.

      Commenter
      Sand-dogz
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 8:23AM
    • What a load of hogwash. If your interpretation of Jones apology was in any way contrite and conveyed heartfelt sincerity then you must have a hearing problem or your general powers of simple analysis is somewhat lacking. As for non productive and violence inciting , I suppose you are going to try and tell us that Jones has NEVER done anything like at all. I am having difficulty in comparing what Jenna Price has said on Facebook to what Jones said about particular people of middle eastern origin in relation to inciting hatred and violence. . I rest my case.

      Commenter
      The Highlander
      Location
      N E Victoria
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 8:25AM
    • So are you saying if I were to rob someone and then apologise then there should be no more consiquences? No didn't think so. Same with Jones he stuffed up in a big way, he gave an apology (half bakeded mind you) but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be punished. Of course the punishment is coming from the community..

      Commenter
      Jimmy
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 8:39AM
    • Oh Lyn, you do miss the point still. That was no accidental remark by Jones. He believed his vitriol and still does. All he really said is that he is sorry to have repeated a comment that someone else made to him. He has taken no responsibility for what he said. He has blamed it on some other sod. I will bet that the other person was somebody called Jones Allan. That was no apology by Jones therefore whether it is acceptable or not is a moot point. What is also at issue is the reference to a "fellow human being". I do agree with you on the use of the word being.

      Commenter
      Ed
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 8:40AM
    • An apology becomes non-acceptable when it is insincere. What's wrong with Alan Jones getting a dose of his own medicine? He can dish it out but he can't take it? Well if he can't take it then don't dish it out. This is a great day for media and all Australians to show the likes of Alan Jones that Australians won't put up with his nonsense anymore.

      Commenter
      aussiebloke
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 9:03AM
    • That was not an apology. An apology needs to include the word sorry!
      I'm on DtJ and have been involved in the campaign not because I hate Alan Jone but because I believe his words are abusive, degrading, threatening and unbalanced. Therefore I have emailled several of his sponsors to say that if they support Alan Jones, I will no longer support them. This isn't cyber bullying or violence inciting, it's a lone consumer saying that I will only support business who have the same values as I do. Pretty simple and yet effective.

      Commenter
      Judith
      Location
      Newcastle
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 9:19AM
    • Some people have way too much time on their hands. Shock jocks are on radio throughout the world, they may have extreme views, some people get upset, others laugh them off.

      But in the little Nanny State of Oz we have these 'heroes' that want to destroy them. In effect, not any better than the shock jocks and probably more malicious.

      Ms Price, find something else for your raison d'etre... you are no hero, just another angry person.... and there are a lot of those, real and feigned for political purposes.

      Commenter
      Enuffalready
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 9:59AM
    • SORRY... A little five letter word but so hard to say,
      I agree with most of the replies, I to have been in contact with two of 2GB sponsers, these are national companies, and told them that i live in victoria but will be watching if they return. not because i hate Alan Jones, i sincerly wish Alan Peace, but i can not tollerate his gutter style, and whipping people into a frenzy with hate and rage, he gives simple answers to people's pain to blame,instead of encouraging people to think for themselves and finding some resolution to complex questions.In a nutshell i think the man is to powerfull and dangerous, he is misleading people down a oneway street with little sence off balance

      Commenter
      Stream
      Location
      Maldon
      Date and time
      October 09, 2012, 10:50AM

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