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“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.”
~attributed to Lord Northcliffe
By tigtog on December 3, 2010
A microbe has been discovered in a remote Californian lake that can survive without phosphorus, capable of substituting arsenic into that slot in its biochemistry instead.
By Mindy on December 1, 2010
via Peta in comments ABC radio in Canberra has been asking listeners to nominate their top ten Australian songs. This is the list they came up with. 10. It’s Because I Love You (Masters’ Apprentices) 9. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle) 8. The Real Thing (Russell Morris) 7. I Was Only 19 […]
By tigtog on November 23, 2010
Rusbridger examines the common comparison made between the digital publishing revolution and the Gutenberg press publishing revolution in terms of rewriting the landscape for the dissemination of information, analysis and opinion, and concludes that the digital publishing revolution is a far more profound change to our intellectual landscape because…
By blue milk on November 23, 2010
Quick fact about women in the news: apparently, women feature in only about a fifth of the world’s news headlines and just ten percent of all news stories. (My guess is that if you took celebrities out of the media monitoring survey you could probably halve that number again for how often women make the news).
And when women finally make the news in what capacity do we make it?
By tigtog on November 23, 2010
These ads not only market toys to children but it also promotes and encourages gender specific values that are very limiting to boys and girls in different ways. The values and skills promoted in these commercials can play a critical role in the socalization of youth and their development of emotional expression, conflict resolution, the confidence to pursue various careers and the ability to maintain healthy relationships as adults.
By blue milk on November 17, 2010
Mateship is a bond so sacred we want it recognised in the Australian Constitution but female friendship is something nasty and undermining. Apparently this is because female friendships are distracted by competition for men.
Oh, this kind of shit doth weary me.
By tigtog on November 17, 2010
So how about a thread where we share some fun pop culture moments about weddings (or non-weddings) that avoid the Consumerist Fantasy Wedding tropes? I’ll start off with Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling:
By tigtog on November 12, 2010
there is a correlation between overexposure to sexualized media images of women with depression, eating disorders and risky sexual behavior for girls and demeaning, sexist attitudes in boys
By tigtog on November 9, 2010
Following major publicity over Charlie Sheen’s latest hospitalisation following yet another “meltdown” that resulted in a cowering woman, the ratings for his craptacular sausage-com have gone up.
By blue milk on November 3, 2010
The evolution of the whole ‘Mum’ identity in politics is completely fascinating if not also repellent. You can read Judith Warner’s entire piece, “The New Momism” here. It is a pretty thought-provoking article. There was a time when words like “mom” or “mama” weren’t necessarily associated with the traits needed for good political judgment or […]