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Look up

Look up

I’m supposed to be writing a research proposal right now. But I’m distracted. By a YouTube video. Gark Turk’s spoken-word piece Look Up turns the lens on distractions themselves, and considers how technologies and devices are shaping our behaviour and relationships. I dare you to watch the video and not feel some twinge of recognition … Continue reading

Struggle Street and The Corner

Struggle Street and The Corner

Although it totals only three hours in length, the SBS documentary series Struggle Street packs a punch. It has put social disadvantage on the map of modern-day Australia for free-to-air audiences, and sparked a discussion about the ethics of observational journalism. According to its critics, the program only confirms and reinforces some of the worst … Continue reading

In Defence of the Weekend

In Defence of the Weekend

In developments which have employer groups and industry peak bodies looking on with enthusiasm, and hospitality, retail and healthcare workers and their unions looking on with concern, penalty rates are facing an uncertain future. Employment Minister Eric Abetz maintains that industrial relations reform is off the table until at least the next federal election. But … Continue reading

How I want to be beside the sea

How I want to be beside the sea

Throughout his 400-day incarceration in an Egyptian jail, Australian journalist Peter Greste craved the feeling of sand between his toes: …one of the things that I realised, particularly during those dark moments, is that your mind tends to drift to places that have some kind of significance for you. And, to me, it was always … Continue reading