Prepare your Cnuts for Episode 47!

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It being Thursday, and despite the heavy CeBIT-related workload, there will be an episode of Stilgherrian Live tonight. That means nominations are now open for “Cnut of the Week”.

We’re looking for people, organisations or other entities who are futilely trying to hold back the tide of change. It has to be something in the news in the last week, and you have to explain yourself. Nominees have to be not merely doing bad things, but failing to notice or adapt to the change around them.

Everyone who nominates and leaves a valid email address goes into the draw for a free t-shirt of their choice from our friends at King Cnut Ethical Clothing.

Nominations for “Cnut of the Week” are open until 8.30pm Sydney time, and you must nominate at the website for it to count. And also, when we draw the t-shirt winner, you must be watching the program and email us the code word within 5 minutes of your name being announced, otherwise we’ll pick someone else.

(Of course, neither they nor us are as lame and unethical as to share your email address with anyone else. I for one have site policies about this sort of thing, and so do they.)

At 8.30pm you should be watching Nick Hodge‘s program @NickHodge before Stilgherrian Live starts at 9.30pm.

Who do you nominate, and why?

12 Replies to “Prepare your Cnuts for Episode 47!”

  1. 2 Nominations
    1] The Labor Party (for not doing enough with the budget)
    2] The Liberal Party (for complaining about the Labor party doing too much)

  2. I nominate the ABC’s legal dept for censoring the Gruen Transfer last night. The ad that was pulled was no more offensive than the child-abuse one they aired a couple of weeks ago.

    Has John Howards stacking of the ABC board finally started to filter down into programming decisions?

  3. I nominate CeBIT, for being CeBIT. And for spamming me via fax. and I think they sent an email or two.

  4. Hello,

    I’d like to nominate Kevin Rudd, for the monstrous pre-budget “horror/shock/global economic crisis” line that he has been pushing for weeks. This impeded the tide of progress by causing several people to make massive pre-emptive sackings.

    For a special mention though – how about Vision Australia – 60 people (including some blind folks) called into a conference room, told they were to be sacked, and escorted off the premises without being allowed to return to their desks. Shameful behaviour from a non-profit.

    Best regards, Andrew

  5. Folks, don’t forget that the key issue is about futilely holding back the tide of change — the connection with King Cnut. Something which is “merely” behaviour you don’t like is unlike to get your nominee onto the shortlist, an can lead to embarrassment or ridicule.

  6. Barak Obama for opposing the release of photos depicting abuse of Iraqi detainees on grounds the pictures could inflame anti-American sentiment and endanger US troops. Well duh! That horse bolted along time ago Mr Sensitive!

  7. After spending a couple of days at the WebForward conference at CeBit, I am compelled to nominate (mostly) all marketing peeps for their continued insistence on trying to find a way to control/monetise the social media movement.

    They very politely listened to all the advice, the stories, the metrics, the predictions for the future – then asked how they control, manage, track and monetise it!

    The tide of change is very quickly going to become a rip tide for some of them, and they will fight it all the way until they run out of energy and drown.

  8. Everyone on Twitter that kept reposting the #fixreplies even after twitter did… you all look like a bunch of whining idiots now.

    (and I will be watching tonight!)

  9. ABC Legals for censoring Gruen Transfer.

    Sick of political, sexual, religious correctness holding back a tide of change toward consumer content control. I don’t want to live in a world of content mediocrity. Let me decide what I watch.

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