Media coverage of events in Thailand

Interesting watching how the media is portraying the current events in Thailand.  A complex political situation, dichotemised into red and yellow, pro and anti…the complexity of cultural, historical and political context not able to be portrayed in short sound grabs.  Fascinating also to see how twitter is keeping us more effectively informed of the latest than national newspapers.  I attended the ANU ‘Thailand on the Verge’ seminar at the ANU last week.  The bloggers of New Mandala have been receiving complaints for their reporting of issues relating the monarchy.  We work with many different clients and groups relating to Thailand so will not comment.  Peter Warr’s presentation on the global economic realities and their impact on the political context of the Thaksin era, and of the Abhisit one is an interesting angle.  It was sad to hear a Thai student sharing his experience of being Facebook blocked by people who were once ‘friends’ as a result of his reluctance to strongly side with either red or yellow, and to ask questions of both.  The ability to question and to be questioned is so very important, and even more so in societies in transition.

Tamerlaine

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Tamerlaine Beasley is an expert who enables effective collaboration and communication in diverse and global workplaces.She is a member of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural, Australia’s premier cross-cultural training and consultancy company.Tamerlaine’s keynote presentations, advisory services and training programs are described by clients as ‘transformational’ and ‘game changing’. Examples of her work include: coaching and advising business leaders in Australia and Asia; working with global teams to optimise performance; developing a framework for training and capability building through international partnerships for APEC; building local staff capacity at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; leading the development of diversity and inclusion programs for the Australian Public Service Commission and the Department of Defence.