else could one find out what restaurant was the best value for money, who was divorcing whom, who was cheating on their partners, bow good the latest videos were, what shows were worthseeing, the names of trades people who were re-fable andtrustworthy?That was the short list. There was also the open discussion of socialissues, not to mention the dissecting of sensational crimes, criticalappraisals on the public behaviour of celebrities and fulsomecomment on the television news. Which, of course, was not the realnews, only a superficial reporting of facts that needed a lot of fleshing out and sorting through of what was not being told.Jason knew he was about to get some real news the moment hismother swept into his office, her hair newly cut, styled and coloured,her blue eyes agleam with recently acquired knowledge and a zealfor sharing it."The unemployment problem in Australia is dreadful, Jason," shedeclared as he rose from his desk to greet her."One of the effects of the recession," he remarked noncommittally.