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  • Media Circus: 1st Tuesday in November edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Racing around the track in Melbourne and to the polls in the USA, Budget projections, the expanding Jimmy Savile investigation and more. What else has piqued your media interests lately?

  • Toxic culture in university colleges


    A 2009 post from Mary (almost exactly three years ago) is getting a lot of hits today, and I’m deducing that it’s because of searching on St Johns college at the University of Sydney due to this SMH story: Culture of anarchy at a college in crisis.

  • Argument is the human condition, but public argument is not (until the Internet arrived)


    A fascinating long post from Clay Shirky on the information age’s transformation of the media landscape, via @Colvinius who referenced it as part of his 2012 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.

  • Bananas in Pyjamas teaching you to like ‘bad boys’ and clean up all their mess

    James Dean

    File this one under: Don’t let your cranky, feminist mother watch your TV shows. So, my three year old son was watching an episode (‘Super Bear’) of the Australian children’s show, Bananas in Pyjamas the other day and I walked… Read More ›

  • Otterday! And Open Thread.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Books? News stories? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Is Australia more feminist?


    The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s labelling of the leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, a “misogynist” has become the focus of intense debate both in Australia and here in the UK. What has been most striking for me is… Read More ›

  • Whimsy


    Please share anything that has recently surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you: think of these threads as a brain-bleach repository.

  • Media Circus: read my memoirs edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Memoirs, asylum seekers, hurricanes and sexual harassment. What else has piqued your media interests lately?

  • Frankenstorm

    a graphic of the path of Hurricane Sandy, illustrated by headshots of Sandy Olsen from the musical move 'Grease' as played by Olivia Newton John. The graphics start as innocent Sandy and illustrate her transition to wild and steamy Sandy.

    Like many folks with online friends in the North-East of the USA, I’ve been watching the weather reports with great big saucer eyes.

    Keep safe, and if you feel like it, please drop a comment here telling us how you’re going.

  • Racebending and Cloud Atlas


    Variety described the notion of white actors playing Asians as “exciting,” suggesting that the Wachowskis “put the lie to the notion that casting — an inherently discriminatory art — cannot be adapted to a more enlightened standard of performance over mere appearance.” The irony of this declaration is overwhelming — praising a film for “enlightened” casting choices that merely replay old discriminatory practices.


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