Talking the e-talk

Class Act: A Life of Creighton Burns

by John Tidey

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $34.95 pb, 194 pp, 9781921509496

Nicholas Hordern

Nicholas Hordern

Nick Hordern took an Arts degree at the University of Sydney, concentrating on Indian history and Islamic studies, before joining the...

Newspapers, they say, are in the throes of ‘far-reaching structural change’, a euphemism for ‘extinction’ that arouses complacency in the breasts of the e-literate; fury in those of the technophobes. But one only has to take a slightly longer view to realise that the golden age of newspapers, over which Creighton Burns presided as editor of TheAge, may have only ever been a transitory phase.

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Published in May 2012 no. 341

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