James Dryburgh

LAST month saw the 5000th article go live on oldtt.pixelkey.biz since its creation: October 2002.

Happy birthday!

I first discovered Tasmanian Times while living in Madrid and feeling completely out of touch with my island home. Suddenly this changed. The websites of our newspapers and TV stations only tell you so much. There is a strong focus on celebrity, advertising and safe reportage. So much of what is going on and what affects people is absent.

Tastimes gives a home to that which is missing from our media. It is often like being able to read between the lines. It gets beyond media and in to meaning and the mood on our society.

Feeling suddenly engaged with my home again I sent Lindsay a rant about Australian politics. Yes, it still managed to frustrate me from the other side of the world.

I expressed some ideas, people were able to hear them;, some even took the time to comment. This is great. It is not only healthy, mutally beneficial, but vital for functional democracy. Democracy needs open debate and informed, conscious citizens.

TT is not only Tasmania’s most democratic medium, but it is also a force pushing other mediums and institutions to become more democratic. I would call Lindsay Tasmania’s Democratist, but unfortunately the title has been claimed, and anyway, it’s not a word.

TT has broken stories and run stories that are later taken up by other media.

Shortly after arriving back in Tassie I met the (sometimes) disturbing Mr Tuffin. I offered some assistance, which I have been giving since, and with every article and comment I get more inspired by what Tastimes provides for Tassie.

Unlike almost everything, there is no economic or political vested interest. The only vested interests are truth, meaning, feeling and of course, fun. Whatever your beliefs or political persuasion most of us want access to truth and our voice to be heard. Here you have it.

Every month there are between 15,000 and 25,000 unique hits; 500,000 to 700,000 general page hits; people read, write and are engaged in Tasmanian life. It also helps writers and artists develop.

Keep reading, keep writing, keep engaged in this great medium.

“Tastimes is timeless and endless” Tuffin

Long live TT!

James Dryburgh